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Despite growth resulting from gold production and tourism, Tanzania remains one of the most impoverished countries in the world. Approximately 36 percent of Tanzanians live below the poverty line, on less than a dollar a day. Yet the country's economic potential is unmistakable.
The literacy rate in Tanzania is estimated to be 73 percent. Education is compulsory for seven years (Grade 1-7), until children reach age 15, but most children do not attend school this long, and some do not attend at all. In 2000, 57 percent of children age 5"“14 years were attending school. However, only some of those graduate from grade school attend to high school and only a few of these manage to transition to college.
One of the obstacles of quality education is lack of books. Even classroom sitting arrangement is done in such a way that students have squeeze together so that they can be able to share reading materials. Not all have books and most cannot photocopy the only book (most probably teacher's) so that they can have their copies to read.
This can give you an idea on how situation is:
The thick-binder was not a textbook. It was notebook in which students write notes and draw all the diagrams so that they can have something to read after lecture. There was only one textbook, the teacher's. She came to class with it, made some notes on the black-board and the students would copy the notes and diagrams in their copy-book binders! Students have never touched that textbook!
We are hoping to have all the books and other school supplies staged and ready for shipment by the end of March 2014.
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