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The Mwereni School was founded in 1943 by James Nevil,an Irish Missionary father under Catholic Church.In early 1970s it fell in the hands of the Government. Mwereni was formally known as Saint Louis Primary School under the Roman Catholic Church during the British colonial rule until Tanzania attained her independence in 1961.

In 1989,the special education department was founded by an NGO known as Moshi Round Table no. 13. Many blind students who studied at this school, have completed their higher education and professional careers and have secured employments in the labor market.

In 1996 the Moshi Round table no.13 died and the financial support to the Unit for the blind came to an end. From 1997 - 2001 the school was in terrible circumstances. For instance,one classroom had 100 children, there was neither water nor electricity. Almost every service rendered to the Mwereni School came to premature death. Neither teaching nor learning materials were available. The educational infrastructures were in total dilapidation not only to the blind but also the sighted students.

From 2002 to 2013 it was of paramount importance and could be termed a period of the recovery of Mwereni.

Mwereni School is a day school and boarding school in one. 640 children’s (day and boarders) are going to that school. 15% of the pupils are handicapped like blindness, albinism and XP.The boarding school is for disabled children and the day school is for the non-disabled children.

Mwereni School is the only school taking children with the illness called “Xeroderma

pigment sum”,the short is “XP”. It is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder of DNA repair in which the ability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light is deficient.

In the school ground there is a health center. The locality to the hospital KCMC(“Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center ”) makesit possible to cooperate with them.  A team of doctors of the KCMC, especially determologists, come quarterly for treatment. A dentist comes as well twice a month.

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