Developing Online Modules on Gender Equity and Social Inclusion of Women, Children, Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities / Tanzania, Dar es Salaam

Tanzania, Dar es Salaam
University of Dar es Salaam


The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam teaches philosophical and ethical courses reflecting deeply on human affairs. However, issues pertaining to social sustainability, social inequality and social exclusion have not been well captured in the curriculum. The aim of the MOOC is to focus on applied ethics and practical philosophy, especially in the urban setting.

The most pressing areas to be dealt with are: addressing gender inequality and the social exclusion of women, children, elderly persons and persons with disabilities. The major reason for incorporating these issues is to explore how urban infrastructure and policies exclude people with disabilities, elderly persons, children and women. Therefore, the developed content of the MOOC will inform students, NGOs and government structures working in areas of advocacy for social justice, social welfare issues, social sustainability, gender matters and social inclusion, among others. The project serves various purposes: 1) enabling the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies to make its courses better align with current urban issues; 2) engaging with the government, organisations and NGOs; 3) involving excluded vulnerable groups; and 4) developing online modules on gender equality and social inclusion. The engagements with various stakeholders will serve as case studies during the teaching.

The project team includes: Dr. Nandera E. Mhando, an expert in ethnography, urban sociology, disability and inclusion, informal sector and anthropology of religion; Shijja Kuhumba, who is interested in applied ethics, practical philosophy and critical thinking; and Lucas Kitula, an expert in ethics of leadership and management, ethics and governance and human rights.

SDG #11 Target and Indicator

The MOOC project specifically focuses on target 2 and 7 of SDG #11. Target 2 considers providing access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, persons with disabilities, women, children and older persons. Target 7 dwells on providing universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces particularly for women, children, older persons and persons with disabilities. Indicators include produced supplementary teaching, including mini-lectures, case studies, onsite shooting of urban infrastructure and interviews/interactive session.

Lead Partner

Nandera Ernest Mhando

Dr. Nandera Ernest Mhando

Anthropology, Sociology


Lucas Shija Kitula, College of Humanities, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies,,

Shijja Kevin Kuhumba, College of Humanities, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies,,