18 April 2014

reading rainbow - 18 april 2014.

Looking for some interesting weekend reads? Then check out our latest five articles below from this week's installment of Reading Rainbow. As always, feel free to leave your comments below!


#1: Tanzanian law essentially permits child marriage.
The 1971 Law of Marriage Act in Tanzania allows boys to marry at age 18 and girls to marry at 15 (if not 14 in some cases). Yet, Tanzanian law also states that no one is legally adult - male or female - until they are 18 years old. It has been shown that marrying young fuels domestic and sexual violence.

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#2: Urbanization in Tanzania comes at a very high cost to children.
Tanzanian city growth outpaces the government's ability to provide social services and infrastructure, resulting in unplanned, overcrowded, and dirty cities. In particular, Tanzania faces challenges of children in rapid urbanization, who are often left to play in heaps of garbage littered with dangerous materials and even toxic chemicals.

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#3: Innovative basket brings clean water to those most in need.
Around the world, 768 million people do not have access to safe water, and every day 1,400 children under the age of five die from waterborne diseases. The innovative design of WarkaWater towers is designed to provide clean water by harvesting atmospheric water vapor.

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#4: What's on Ernest Hemingway's reading list?
In 1934, Ernest Hemingway made a reading list of great books for a young man. Check it out.

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#5: Why is college so expensive in the United States?
Over the past thirty years, the real cost of attending a four-year institution has tripled, far outpacing inflation. On top of that, family income levels have been stagnant since the 1970s. As a result, 38 million Americans hold a combined $1 trillion in student loan debt. Thus, students are graduating with a degree in debt.

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