Burundi has joined Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Togo in applying a punitive and discriminatory school policy against pregnant girls and teenage mothers. This new policy is a backward step, effectively deny these girls an education, writes Agnes Odhiambo and Elin Martinez for Human Rights Watch.
AU Shouldn't Tolerate Banning Pregnant Girls from School
HRW, 19 July 2018
In June, Burundi joined a small group of African countries that ban pregnant girls from continuing with formal education in government schools. Burundi's Education Ministry banned… Read more »
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"I decided that no matter what, I would return to school. I took the 3000 shillings I had and wore the shoes my friend gave me. I went to the school and explained my situation to the principal. He ... see more »
Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa. African Governments Should ... see more »
Giving Girls a Future: Empowering Pregnant Girls and Adolescent Mothers to Stay in School
“[My school] supported me. For example, when I was breastfeeding, they would give me time off. I would go to school and then run back home [during lunch break] to feed my… Read more »
Pregnant students in Sierra Leone are not allowed to sit in the same class as their peers because they're seen as a bad influence.
In 2015, the ... see more »
The African continent has the highest adolescent pregnancy rates in the world, according to the United Nations. Every year, thousands of girls become ... see more »
“Mary” is determined to provide an education for her son. She hopes to become a hairdresser and earn a living for herself and her son.
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