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Sierra Leone School Defies State Ban On Pregnant Girls In Class

Sierra Leone School Defies State Ban On Pregnant Girls In Class

The government says allowing pregnant girls to attend regular schools would tire them out, expose them to ridicule and encourage others to get pregnant. When Mariatu Sesay realised she was pregnant at 14, one thing scared her more than the social isolation she felt in the classroom: Sierra Leonean law banned her from attending school […]

Oando Foundation Set To Impact Girl Child Education

Oando Foundation Set To Impact Girl Child Education

Oando Foundation (OF), an independent charity with a mission to create conducive learning environments in dilapidated public primary schools in Nigeria has partnered Fashion Vie New York to raise funds towards education of the Nigerian ‘girl child’ on Thursday, 14 September, 2017. The Foundation was selected as the first beneficiary from Africa to receive proceeds […]

Don’t Marry Off Your Pregnant School-Going Daughter

Don’t Marry Off Your Pregnant School-Going Daughter

Recently, I watched on a local television channel a story of a young girl whose parents had forced her into marriage because she got pregnant. The police asked the girl’s parents why they gave away their daughter into marriage before reaching the age of consent. In response, the parents claimed they had sent her to […]

21 Released Chibok Girls Return To School

21 Released Chibok Girls Return To School

The 21 Chibok schoolgirls released in October last year by Boko Haram militants have been placed in a secondary school to sit for their final exams, Daily Trust on Sunday has gathered. A total of 267 girls were kidnapped by gunmen in the middle of the night in a boarding school in Chibok in April […]

‘Pedal Power’ Gets Girls To School In India, Kenya

‘Pedal Power’ Gets Girls To School In India, Kenya

  In developing countries, attending school can be a daily struggle for some children. They may walk several kilometers to school because their families do not have money to send them on buses or other forms of transportation. With schools far away, and little money to pay for transport costs, parents worry about the safety […]

Boko Haram Bride Move On From Militant Husband

Boko Haram Bride Move On From Militant Husband

Nigerian teenager Zara John, who was rescued from Boko Haram captivity last year, says school has opened her eyes to new opportunities When Nigerian teenager Zara John was rescued from Boko Haram captivity last year, she was delighted to learn she was pregnant with the baby of the Islamic militant who abducted her and forced […]

Ugandan Leads UN Campaign On Girl-Child Education

Ugandan Leads UN Campaign On Girl-Child Education

The United Nations child-at-school youth ambassadors have started a youth-for-gender-equality and girl-at-school campaign to push governments around the world to give teenage girls priority in education. The drive was part of the side events at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York. Led by the Ugandan representatives in the Global Youth Ambassadors, Mr […]

Uganda: 65 Per Cent Girls Drop Out Before Primary

Uganda: 65 Per Cent Girls Drop Out Before Primary

 The number of girls dropping out of school to get married continues to worry leaders in Lyantonde District despite the existence of an education ordinance to check the problem. According to Ms Fatuma Kyomuhangi, a field officer with Forum for Women in Democracy, an organisation fighting for gender equality, their latest survey reveals that 65 […]

Tanzania: Parents Urged To Be Involved In Sex Education

Tanzania: Parents Urged To Be Involved In Sex Education

Promoting comprehensive sex education in schools is crucial towards lessening chances of young people from pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections. Even though some teachers in the country feel nervous or tentative in tackling sex subjects to their students, the topics remain crucial for children to understand them. Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and […]

8,000 Girls To Enjoy N160m Scholarship In Katsina

8,000 Girls To Enjoy N160m Scholarship In Katsina

No fewer than 8000 primary one girls in Katsina State are to receive N160 million scholarships under Nigeria Partnership on Education Project (NIPEP) supported by Global Partnership for Education (GPE).   The state Commissioner for Education, Professor Halamatu Sa’adiyya Idris, disclosed this at the flag off of the scholarship scheme at Matazu in the state […]

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