BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE MASAI PRE - SCHOOL PROJECT IN NGORONGORO.

In the communities of Northern Tanzania, there has been insufficient education efforts and institutional development for the Maasai to understand and benefit from educational achievement. Typically, Maasai children enter First Grade at age of seven without prior exposure to  classroom-based teaching, without basic skills, such as  counting and writing, typical among other Tanzanian  children, and without an understanding of Swahili, which is the only legally permitted language, other than English,  in schools. They are set up for failure from the beginning; not surprisingly, many drop-out before the end of Primary School, and almost half do not pass the Grade 7 exams, which are critical to entering Secondary School. Consequently, as compared to other communities throughout Tanzania, the Maasai have far less children succeeding at all levels in school. Read more also Find our special package to support this.

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