Pregnant African teens thrown out of schools

Tanzania schools pregnancy crisisfrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – HUMAN rights groups are concerned at the plight of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa.

The concern came amid celebrations of the Day of the African Child this past weekend, which coincided with commemorations of Youth Day in South Africa.

Human Rights Watch (HRW), in a report released in Nairobi, Kenya, said in many African countries, pregnant girls and adolescent mothers were forced out of school and denied their right to education.

“While some progress has been made, the African Union needs to work closely with all its member countries to ensure that no girl is denied her right to an education because she becomes pregnant,” said Elin Martínez, children’s rights researcher at HRW.

In recent years, many African governments have made strong commitments to ensure that pregnant girls and mothers can attend school.

However, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania still ban pregnant girls or adolescent mothers from government schools.

Many countries also do not have policies for re-entry after giving birth.

Other countries with high rates of adolescent pregnancy, such as Angola and Burkina Faso, lack policies to manage adolescent pregnancy in schools.

Martínez said punishing pregnant girls by throwing them out of school would not end teen pregnancies.

She said African countries would fail in their promise to leave no child behind if they excluded girls who are pregnant or married.

“However, the whole continent will benefit when pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are allowed back in schools.”
– CAJ News

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