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Pregnant Students In Africa Need Your Support, Not Rejection

Pregnant Students In Africa Need Your Support, Not Rejection

In late 2018, Sierra Leone’s First Lady, Fatima Bio, opened a national campaign “Hands Off Our Girls.”   Her campaign made big promises to reduce child marriages and teenage pregnancies in the country, in part to tackle the spike in teenage pregnancies following widespread rape during the Ebola crisis. Reflecting on this campaign, President Julius Maada […]

Ugandan Girls Are Dropping Out Of School

Ugandan Girls Are Dropping Out Of School

It is a drizzling morning on the streets of Hoima town in mid-western Uganda. While driving from home to work, I meet a teenager at a junction of Hoima Main Street and Persy road. As school-going children rush to school, 13-year old Jane is walking in a drizzle carrying a basket containing yellow bananas. She […]

Ghana’s Ministry Of Education Urged To Consider Free Sanitary Pads For School Girls

Ghana’s Ministry Of Education Urged To Consider Free Sanitary Pads For School Girls

Activists and teachers in the Upper East Region have called on the Ministry of Education to consider in its budget, the provision of free sanitary pads for schoolgirls from very poor homes who could not afford to purchase the commodity during their menstrual periods. The stakeholders including teachers and students made the call at separate […]

There’s Inequality At Crisis Level In Nigeria – Oxfam

There’s Inequality At Crisis Level In Nigeria – Oxfam

The challenge of inequality is at crisis levels in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa, a new report by international development organisation, Oxfam, said on Tuesday. According to the Oxfam Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index , governments in West Africa are the least committed to reducing inequality on the continent. The report noted that while […]

Schoolgirls Used As Human Shields In Congo Due To ‘Magical Powers’

Schoolgirls Used As Human Shields In Congo Due To ‘Magical Powers’

Schoolgirls in the Democratic Republic of Congo were raped, forced into marriage and used as human shields by militias who believed they had “magical powers” during violence over a year ago, an investigation by a group of charities said on Monday. The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) said its research into the […]

Girls’ Lives Shattered By Attacks On Schools In DRC

Girls’ Lives Shattered By Attacks On Schools In DRC

Girls suffered sexual violence and other abuses when armed groups attacked hundreds of schools during the 2016-2017 Kasai conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) in a report released today. The violence affected all children, but girls were particularly harmed, used as “magical” forces that […]

Ambassadors Of God Embarks On Girl Child School Retention Programme In Malawi

Ambassadors Of God Embarks On Girl Child School Retention Programme In Malawi

A youth led Non-Governmental Organization, Ambassadors of God (AOG) has started implementing several projects aimed at improving welfare of school going girls as well as school dropouts in Mtsiriza, Lilongwe district. One of its project is the Muloreni Mtsikana Aphunzile (Let the girl child get an education) which is working towards ensuring girls return to […]

‘Rescue Community’ Launches Attack Against Female Genital Mutilation And Child Marriage In Kenya

‘Rescue Community’ Launches Attack Against Female Genital Mutilation And Child Marriage In Kenya

Almost one in four girls in Kenya are married before they reach the legal age of 18, says the United Nations. The rare rescue of a 12-year-old Kenyan girl forced to marry and have sex with a man almost three times her age shows community policing is key to ending child marriage, campaigners said on […]

Mozambican Decree Discriminating Against Pregnant Schoolgirls Revoked

Mozambican  Decree Discriminating Against Pregnant Schoolgirls Revoked

The Mozambican Ministry of Education has revoked a misogynist decree of 2003 which ordered all pregnant schoolgirls to attend night classes, and banned them from day classes. The spokesperson for the Ministry, Manuel Simbine, cited in Monday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”, made excuses for the 2003 decree, claiming that it responded to the […]

Solar-Powered School Bags Changing Cote d’Ivoire’s Education

Solar-Powered School Bags Changing Cote d’Ivoire’s Education

Evariste Akoumian, a 37-year-old Ivorian, invented the “Solarpak”, a schoolbag with a solar panel and a lamp, to improve the education of young schoolchildren from rural, non-electrified areas. Using the lamp, children can now comfortably study after dark. Trained lawyer and former computer retailer turned tech-entrepreneur, Evariste Akoumian made note of the lack of electricity […]

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