5th grade in Tanzania

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I’m curious about the education of my child in Tanzinia. She just turned 15 this year, and her profile says she’s in primary 5, which is supposed to be 5th grade in the US.
Is that correct? It seems very elementary for a young lady of 15, and I was just wondering if something is wrong or if she’s having trouble in school, or if that’s just the way the education system is there?
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Kristina Helms

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Andrea Watt

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Depending on how far she lives from school and her families situation some children in Africa don't start school until they are 9. 
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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Do you know when her information was last updated. Other than age (which is calculated based on birthday) all of a child's information is current as of their last update. My Tanzania child is age 7 in "Kindergarten" -- but I happen to know that information has not been updated in the 2 years I've had him so I suspect he's actually in 2nd or 3rd grade, equivalent. And that is what it will say once it does update.  (Which should happen shortly)
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Kristina, thank you so much for asking your question and for your concern regarding Amina's schooling. As Sarah mentioned above, a child's information is updated every two years and since Amina's information was updated last in April 2018, her grade level is most likely different than what is listed on her profile information. One of her recent letters from October 2018 actually stated that she was just about to enter the 7th grade. So many of our sweet children are not able to begin going to school until they are registered in the program due to a lack of funds, so it may be that Amina did start her schooling a little late. As Andrea mentioned, some of the schools don't begin enrolling children until a later age than we do here in the United States. I can't confirm if either of these situations apply to Amina, but you are always welcome to ask her about her schooling in a letter and specifically ask if there are things you can be praying for too :). I've heard so many children say that the encouragement and prayers from their sponsors really helped them want to do their best and excel in their schooling.
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Kristina Helms

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Thank you all for the clarification! I must have completely missed her telling me about her grade in that letter, thanks so much for pointing that out!