Zbar education ahead of Mainland - study Correspondent YUSSUF YUSSUF, Zanzibar Daily News; Thursday,August 31, 2006 @00:04 OVER 40 per cent of women in Zanzibar have been to secondary school compared to Mainland's eight per cent, the latest Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey (TDHS) has revealed. The survey also pointed out that adults in Zanzibar are four to five times likely to have attained secondary school education more than adults on the Mainland. The survey results released yesterday also indicate that Zanzibar generally had better health indicators than Mainland Tanzania. Infant mortality rate, for example, is lower in Zanzibar where women are more likely to give birth with assistance from trained midwives than women on the Mainland. However, the situation is not uniform in Zanzibar as some parts are better off than others. For instance, children in Pemba and north of Unguja were disadvantaged compared to those in Unguja Urban Region. More than 10,000 households were involved in the survey, which is part of the governmentís efforts to fight poverty in the country. Speaking at a seminar to announce the survey findings here yesterday, Social and Demographic Statistics Manager-National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Mr Saidi Aboud expressed concern that findings of most surveys in Tanzania were not disseminated to many people. He told the seminar that a number of surveys had been undertaken, but "unfortunately the results are never disseminated down to the grassroots level. This is a challenge to us because dissemination requires money. "We intend to use posters, brochures in our future plans to help in disseminating survey findings, because using mass media requires much money," Mr Aboud said. The survey's interesting finding was that one in three Tanzanian women and one in five Tanzanian men are illiterate. The survey further found that literacy level was 67 per cent for women in the Mainland against 77 per cent in Zanzibar. Men's literacy rate is 80 per cent for Tanzania Mainland and 86 per cent for Zanzibar. The Head of Social Statistics-Zanzibar Office of the Chief Government Statisticians (OCGS) Ms Mayasa Mahfoudh Mwinyi said that Women's literacy varies by region. "Literacy level in Tabora and Rukwa was 53 per cent and in Shinyanga 45. Female illiteracy is lowest in Kilimanjaro with eight per cent, Dar es Salaam 13 per cent, and Zanzibar Town was 10 per cent," the study, which was conducted between October 2005 and February 2006, shows.