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Tanzania: math genius, 6, receives sponsorship from the United States

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A 6-year-old math genius got sponsorship for his education and funds for his parents to start income-generating projects.

Charles Mbena, from the Morogoro region of Tanzania, rose to internet fame when his teacher shared a video of him showing off his math prowess.

The little boy revealed that manipulating the numbers is easy for him. He has become a resource person for his older brothers and sisters.


When reporters interviewed him, his biggest wish was to be transferred to a better school. The primary school in Nyingwa, where he currently attends, suffers from poor infrastructure and a low education level.

Mbena’s story inspired many, so much so that it sparked the interest of Ernest Makulilo, a US-based Tanzanian who offered to pay the young boy’s school fees.

“I want him to go to a school in Morogoro, where he will not only be exposed and be confident but where he can also hone his math skills.”

The Good Samaritan, the regional project manager at Unbound and the founder of EBM Scholars, added that his organisation would be launching income-generating projects for the boy’s parents in addition to tuition fees.

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