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April 26th, 2012
Maps.com Contributes to Education of Rural Maasai in Northern Tanzania

A is for Africa is a Maryland-based charitable foundation which strives to improve the livelihoods of children and their communities through educational opportunities. The maps will be part of a tour organized by A is for Africa, which will include teaching in local schools during the month of May. The maps will be incorporated into lesson plans and then prominently posted in the schools for future use by teachers and students alike.

The public education system in Tanzania is under considerable strain. Everything is in short supply – schools, teachers, educational supplies and transportation for the students. Schools report a number of other challenges, including students who come to school too hungry to learn and overflowing classrooms that average more than 100 students at a time. Such constraints mean that only around half of the population continues in school after grade 7.

These maps will provide teachers with additional teaching materials, and help to brighten aging classrooms. They will help A is for Africa meet its goals of improving teacher satisfaction and student performance.

Maps.com responded to their request for help by sending a selection of laminated color Africa, the World and U.S. wall maps. The USA and World Wall Maps are Maps.com branded political maps that include an abundance of information including borders and state capitals, oceans, seas, major lakes and rivers and much more. The Africa Wall Maps donated are by National Geographic and contain political information with boundaries clearly marked using different color bands for each country.

To learn more about A is for Africa, visit them on the web at www.aisforafrica.org or on Facebook. To learn more about Maps.com, visit us at www.maps.com or on Facebook.com/mapsdotcom.