The Maasai traditionally follow a nomadic lifestyle and have therefore had less access to formal education than some other tribes. More and more schools are popping up these days, some of them funded by safari tour companies who want to share their profits with the local community. The earlier grades are traditionally taught in Maa, the local language. As a child gets older, they will take their lessons in Swahili. While secondary schools are very thin on the ground where the Maasai live, the lucky few who make it, will continue their studies in English.