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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tanzanian girl's long walk to education

Educating Tanzania’s Children

Eight-year-old Sylvia, in rural Tanzania, is determined to get an education and each school day makes a long and often risky one-and-a-half hour journey by foot, on her own to school. Her family is poor and cannot afford to provide her with basic shoes for the walk or a good uniform. But she is considered lucky as it is estimated that 29 million primary school-aged children, more than half of them girls, are out of school in Africa.

Sylvia's mother remarried when she was young after her father died. The family lives more than 300km (nearly 187 miles) from the main city of Dar es Salaam. Their house is in the center of the farming land - about half a kilometer (a little over 3 miles) from the nearest road. UN figures show that between 1999 and 2008 girls’ enrolment in Africa has increased from 54% to 74%, but about 16 million are out of school. Free primary education was introduced in Tanzania in 2001.

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