Mendy DeViney wrote -
The Blue Ridge Marathon is billed as America's toughest road marathon, but it is nothing compared to the challenges students in rural Tanzania overcome to earn and education.
There are two types of schools in Tanzania – private and government run. Typically, private schools are for the few children of affluent families. Most of these schools are based in urban areas. These schools are well appointed and over 90% of students who pass the graduation exams are from these private schools. Owners of private schools are individuals, religious institutions, and other organizations such as charitable groups. The majority of children go to government schools. Government schools lack the essentials conducive for learning such as textbooks, basic supplies, teaching aids, and desks. Typically there is a lack of classrooms and a lack of toilets in schools, as well as, a lack of teacher housing. Most children have to walk several hours to attend the closest school. It is estimated that 65% of adult population in Tanzania is illiterate and over 73% of the children between 7-18 years can’t read and write