Tanzania disability rights activist to visit UMN in April, former Humphrey Fellow

The University of Minnesota awarded Mr. N’nyapule Madai the UMN Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals in 2017. Mr. Madai was a Hubert H. Humphrey International Fellow from Tanzania at the UMN in 1983-84.   He was nominated by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (http://globalnotes.hhh.umn.edu/2017/10/humphrey-fellow-alumni-nnyapule-madai.html), coordinated by alum June Nkwenge (MDP 2017).

In his award nomination letter, Mr. Madai was described as:

 “…widely recognized as an impressive and effective leader fighting for the rights of people with disabilities, with a particular focus on children with mental retardation, in his native Tanzania, throughout Eastern Africa, and across the globe…Mr. Madai returned home to Tanzania [1984] and started Special Olympics Tanzania. This program…was adapted to serve the unique needs of its target population and respond to challenges specific to the context in Tanzania.
 Mr. Madai…advocated for the rights of people with disabilities in schools and communities at the grass-root level, and he successfully advocated for national policy change through his positions at the Ministry of Social Welfare.  N’nyapule Madai was a technical advisor to the UN delegation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Even now that he has retired, Mr. Madai continues to volunteer his time and skills with Special Olympics Tanzania and consults with the government and various organizations working with disabled persons in East and Southern Africa.”

Humphrey School has invited Mr. Madai to visit Minnesota April 17-27, 2018 to receive the award during the April 24 ceremony to honor the 2017-18 Humphrey International Fellows program completion.  During the visit he will make public presentations and visit with students and faculty at the UMN, including speaking to students in a disabilities studies program, visit Special Olympics Minnesota and other community disability organizations.

Minnesota is one of the leading states for provision of services to, and advocacy for, persons with disabilities, and the Institute for Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota is a key national research agency on these issues. The UMN works closely with a number of community disability organizations that are interested in hosting Mr. Madai and thus we hope through this visit to create better linkages between disabilities communities in Tanzania and Minnesota.

Agencies interested in knowing more about Mr. Madai's visit please contact Maria Terra at gpa@umn.edu

Sherry Gray
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
© 2015 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Privacy Statement