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Differences Between Kenya and Tanzania

In my ignorance, I assumed that I would have a difficult time seeing differences between life in Kenya and Tanzania. However, even with my brief stays in only a few select areas, I’ve noticed some seperation.

English skill: In Kenya, all classes are taught in English, and education in mandatory until grade 8. This isn’t the case in Tanzania, where students need to come up with funds for schooling in the later grades and lessons are taught in Swahili.

Body as transport: Even in more rural areas of Kenya, I didn’t see a lot of women in the National Geographic ‘Africa woman carrying things on her head’ shot. In Tanzania, everyone does. Bananas are especially common.

Natural Resources: Outside of Nairobi, there are no trees. I assume this is because they were all cut down years ago to make furniture. However, outside of Arusha and Moshi, trees were still plentiful.

Visible Masai: Masai people live in the area between Kenya and Tanzania. However, I saw lot more Masai along the border in Kenya than across it.

Amount of Trash: Although both countries haven’t the faintest idea of what recycling is, Kenya seems incredibly dirtier. I think this is for the final reason listed below:

Westernization: Kenya is considerably more westernized. There is a lot more regulation on safety issues (such as limiting the number of people that can ride in matatus) and English is spoken in every school. Tanzania appears less touched by these influences, although this is changing. Carrie spoke of increased acceptance of western clothing styles, and garbage, compared with life a few years ago when she lived here.

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2 responses to “Differences Between Kenya and Tanzania”

  1. Slip says:

    Not that it has anything to do with it, but Kenya is predominately Christian and Tanzania is predominately Muslim.

    I also saw less cars.

    Good luck on the hill.

  2. Nick says:

    Court, I think the whole developing world is seeing similar sights. Pollutiuon is a huge problem here in Indonesia. They have adopted the western passion for mindless consuming, without any though or care about how to deal with the waste. Corruption at every level also means the likelyhood of anything being done about it is almost zero.

    Poverty and cell phones are companions in misery too. Go anywhere in Indo and poor people will have a cell phone that plays tunes. They’ll also tell you they have no job, no money, but given money their first thought is to trade in their phone, and buy a better one.

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