16th Biennial IASE Conference

Welcome to the 16th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Special Education (IASE) to be held in Tanzania

Conference site: Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU)

Dates: 13th – 17th July, 2019

The International Association of special Education in collaboration with Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU) in Tanzania will conduct the 16thBiennial Conference from 13th to 17th July, 2019.

SEKOMU was founded by the North Eastern Diocese (NED) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. For over 128 years, the NED has been serving people degraded by and discriminated from their communities, particularly people with leprosy, mental health illnesses and disabilities. The ground-breaking approach of the NED has underpinned the philosophy of SEKOMU during its 11 years of existence. From its onset, the university’s main objective was to produce graduates who would work for and with people trapped in the lowest stratum of the social pyramid. Programmes aimed at giving downtrodden people their rightful place in society have therefore become SEKOMU’s foremost priority.

Where is SEKOMU?

SEKOMU was built in the village of Magamba which is in the middle of Western Usambara. Magamba is situated 8 km north of Lushoto town in the District of Lushoto, Tanga region. The Usambara ranges are part of the Eastern Arc Mountains. SEKOMU is thus located in the midst of a biodiversity hotspot in the north eastern part of Tanzania. Travelling from anywhere in Tanzania to SEKOMU is very easy as buses drive directly to Magamba.

How does one get to Magamba (Lushoto)?

Tanzania has two international airports. In the north, there is the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). In Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania, there is the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA). You may decide to come to Tanzania ahead of the conference and travel to different places for different activities after which you make your private travel arrangements to Lushoto. If, however, you want to use collective transportation being arranged for conference participants, the following information will be useful:

Day ONE – Saturday July 13, 2019


Wherever you arrive in Tanzania, your first night, transportation and lodging will be on your own.  This will give you time to rest up and explore the sites and sound. You should then relocate to either Arusha, Moshi or Tanga not later than July 13th, 2019.

Day TWO – Sunday July 14th, 2019


The following pick-up hotels are listed for your convenience:

1. In Arusha, please be at NEW SAFARI HOTEL at 7.00 a.m.

2. In Moshi, please be at LUTHERAN UHURU HOTEL at 7.00 a.m.

3. In Tanga, please be at MKONGE HOTEL at  7.00 a.m.

The trip from Moshi/Arusha to Magamba takes between 5 and 7 hours. The coasters, mini-buses and vans will be driven by good drivers who will ensure you arrive safely. Also, each car will have a guide who will make the travel a fun and exciting learning trip. From Tanga to Lushoto, the trip takes 3.30 hours.

Where can one book accommodation?

The IASE Conference Committee has arranged  accommodation options at nine hotels/university campus.  These hotels/campus site have been selected due to their rates, cleanliness and close location to the University.  Room rates are listed in Tanzanian shillings TZS and USD. All rates listed are per night. All rates include breakfast. When making your reservation, indicate that you are attending the conference of the International Association of Special Education (IASE). Please note that most hostels and hotels only accept Tanzanian currency.  Please check with the accommodation site prior to booking to see if credit cards are also accepted.

(1) SEKOMU on-campus hostels:

Post Address: SEKOMU, P.O. Box 370, LUSHOTO.

Contact 1: Afizai Vuliva


Cellphone: +255786999620

Contact 2: Dr. Anneth Munga


Cellphone: +255787434543

Room: Single, double and faculty housing are available at this site for $20USD which includes breakfast and dinner.

Wifi is available with a TV in dining hall area. This site is located in Magamba. You can book by emailing your information to  the above email addresses.

(2) Tumaini Hostel

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Address: Lushoto, Tanzania

Contact email:


This hostel has clean rooms, with WiFi, hot showers, single and  double beds with mosquito  netting. Accessible for those with physical disabilities on the bottom floor only.

Rooms: A variety of choices available from  a single, double and or  triple. 

Single:  35,000 TZS/$16 USD;

Double:  35,000 TZS/ $16 USD ;Triple (3-4 persons per room) 20,000 TZS / $9 USD per person. Breakfast is included.

(3) S:t Eugene’s Hostel

Address: P.O.Box 51, Lushoto,Tanzania

Contact email: Info@usambara-st-eugene.com


+255 784 523 710 or


St. Eugene’s Lodge has comfortable, modern and spotless rooms with bathrooms and perfect hot showers. All rooms have balconies with views over banana fields and the Usambara mountains.. It is run by an order of Tanzanian sisters. Tasty meals are available from 8,000 TZS/

$4 USD. High quality home-made cheese, local jam and banana wine are sold by

the sisters.


Single $25 USD

Double $45 USD

Triple $54 USD

Suite $ 60  USD

Tanzanian Resident rates

Single 30000/TZS $14 USD

Double 54000 TZS/$24USD

Triple 64800 TZS /$29USD

Suite 72000 TZS /$32USD  

Breakfast is included.

(4) Highland Park Hotel

Address: P.O. Box 246, Lushoto, Tanzania.

Contact email: 






This hotel has comfortable rooms on the ground and second floor with bathrooms and hot showers. Each room also has a TV. Other services include WiFi and laundry. Optional BBQ dinner buffet is available along with a mini bar (additional charges).

Other options include hiking, trekking and walking to the rain forest with minimal charges.


Single $35 USD; Double (two persons) $50.00 USD;

Triple (two or more persons) $25.00 USD. Breakfast is included.

Delegates:  Best to reach via email.

(5) Avocado Lodge

Address: PO Box 358, Lushoto, Tanzania 

Contact email: info@avocadolodge.com



(+255) 078 436 0624

This lodge is a cozy accommodation situated in a serene environment in  Lushoto, Each room has a wardrobe, a worktable, a TV with satellite reception and an en-suite bathroom. Local and continental meals are served at the onsite restaurant. Complimentary breakfast is served daily.
The lodge features an event facility and a business centre. Laundry service is provided for an extra charge. 


Rates vary from 60,000  TZS ($27USD) to 90,000TZS($40 USD).  Single and double rooms (one bed for a couple). Breakfast is included.

(6) Kakakuona Resort

Address: P.O. Box 272, Lushoto, Tanzania
Contact email: Kakakuonainfo@yahoo.com 

Phone: 0752282769

Situated in Lushoto, the Kakakuona Resort offers a garden and free WiFi. With a bar, the property also features a restaurant. Lushoto Tourism Information Centre is a 5-minute walk away. At the resort, all rooms have a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV, with a private bathroom, certain rooms at Kakakuona Resort also offer a mountain view. The accommodation offers a children’s playground.

Rooms: Range from singles 30,000 TZS/ $14 USD to doubles at 45,000TSZ/ $20 USD  to Executive (3-4 persons) 80,000 TZS/$36. Breakfast is included.

 (7) Lawns Hotel

Address: P.O. Box 33


Contact email: Contact@lawnshotel.co.tz




Guests are welcome to use the free Wi-Fi located in the main building. During dinner they offer a 3 course set menu at 25,000 TZS or $10.99 USD per person. 

Rooms: Range from a budget twin to a family suite. Prices for one person in a standard room 75,000 TSZ/$35 to 30,000 TSZ/$ 14.

Rooms for two persons are 75,000 TSZ/$35USD. Breakfast is included. .

 (8) Muller’s Lodge

Address:  P.O.Box 34, Lushoto, Tanzania

Contact: Ruddy Muller   

 +255 784 315661 ,


info@mullersmountainlodge.co.tz, mullersmountainlodge@yahoo.com

Phone: Office +255 782 315666, 027 2640204,

+255 782 315 

This lodge can has stylish standard rooms and cottages with fire places. Some activities in the area include bird watching, hiking, and or cycling. 

Rooms: A variety of choices available from  a single room $45 USD or Double room $60 USD. Breakfast is included.  This facility is suitable for those with physical challenges 

(9) Executive Lodge

Executive Lodge   

Address:  P.O Box 102

Lushoto, Tanzania

Contact email: Info@lushotoexecutivelodge.co.tz



Lushoto Executive Lodge is situated in  the Usambara Mountains.  This Lodge will offer you self-catering units, double rooms and twin rooms. All rooms are fully equipped with en-suite bathrooms and television sets. Set in a natural garden with flowers and singing birds, the self-contained and well-equipped cottages.

Rooms: A variety of choices are available  from single to  double to triple rooms. Prices range from single (one person) 95000TSZ/$40USD; double

75,000TXZ/$35USD to triple rooms 85000/$38USD.



Full information about the Conference is found on the IASE WEBSITE: www.iase.org

Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU) is going to host the 16th Biennial Conference of IASE. This Conference will be held in Magamba from 13th to 17th July 2019. The conference theme is
“Empowering Persons with Disabilities: Developing Resilience and Inclusive Sustainable Development”. Between 300 and 400 academicians and educators in the fields of special and inclusive education from around the world have expressed interest to attend the conference. It will be the first time for SEKOMU to host a conference of this kind.

All payments should be made to :

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 41610018966
For information regarding fees feel free to contact: Rev. Dr. Anneth Munga, Director of Postgraduate Studies, International Relations and Linkages – SEKOMU, P.O. Box 370 Lushoto. 

Email 1: international@irl-sekomu.org 

Email 2: irl@sekomu.ac.tz 

Mobile & WhatsApp number: +255789738164.

The International Association of Special Education (IASE) was founded in 1985. IASE members reside in 50 countries and include teachers, teacher trainers, professors, speech clinicians, psychologists, health care providers, social workers, counselors, family members and those associated with related disciplines.  

Registration information: https://www.iase.org/registration-16th-biennial

Also, kindly open the attached checklist as prepared by the IASE Board Secretary and 2019 Conference Liaison Officer.


THE MISSION of the International Association of Special Education is to:

  • promote awareness and understanding of issues and developments related to the education and welfare of individuals with special needs throughout the world;
  • promote professional exchange between professionals in special education, family members and individuals in related disciplines internationally;
  • encourage and promote research to advance the field of special education and share that information through official publications;
  • promote continuing education in special education; and,
  • work collaboratively with other special education organizations for worldwide promotion of the interests of individuals with special needs.


THE VISION of the International Association of Special Education (IASE) is to improve the quality of life and service delivery for all
individuals with special needs.

CORE VALUES of the IASE are:

Equal Opportunity
Collective Action

Join the IASE and become an active part of this enriching and important organization.