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Kenya is on the east coast of Africa between Somalia and Tanzania. Its terrain varies from low plains rising to central highlands bisected by the Great Rift Valley and fertile plateau. The climate is tropical along the coast and arid in the interior. Even though Kenya is the biggest and most advanced economy in east and central Africa, it is still a poor developing country with about 38% of Kenyans living in absolute poverty. Food security is a major, ongoing issue.
Life in Kenya
Even though only 20% of Kenya is arable land, 75% of the workforce works in agriculture. Child labour is common with most working in domestic service, agriculture, fishing, cattle herding, street vending, begging and prostitution. The causes of child labour include poverty, reduced access to education, and weak government institutions. Preventable diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, diarrhea, and malnutrition are enormous threats to the poor. Kenya's Infant Mortality Rate is 44 dealths/1000 live births (2012) and Life Expectancy is 63.29 years.
Primary Education has been free since January of 2003, although additional school fees for tests, maintenance, and programmes continue. As a result, enrolment has increased but families still struggle to provide the required uniforms, fees, and materials their children need. The same cannot be said for secondary and higher levels because access is limited and entrance is based on a highly competitive performance-based system. Just over 50% of eligible students enter secondary education in Africa.
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Learn More About Kenya
Population: Over 44 million
Age of Population: 73% of the population is below age 30
Currency: Kenyan Shilling
Time Zone: EAT (UTC+3)
Language: Kiswahili and English
Entertainment: Has an extensive music, television and theatre scene
Independence Day from Great Britain: December 12, 1963
Size Comparison: Roughly half the size of Ontario
Capital City: Nairobi (home of one of the world's largest slums-Kibera)
Volcanoes: over 20 volcanoes; last eruption was in 1921
Home Of: David Rudisha, 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Runner
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