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Child Marriages Empty Mbire Schools

Child Marriages Empty Mbire Schools

An average of 240 pupils have dropped from school since the beginning of the year in Mbire district, Mashonaland Central province, chiefly because of early child marriages. The Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development confirmed the statistics yesterday during a workshop on gender mainstreaming in Ruwa. Deputy director for gender in the ministry […]

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 […]

Expectant Mothers Fight For Space At Kagadi Hospital

Expectant Mothers Fight For Space At Kagadi Hospital

At Kagadi general hospital in western Uganda, expectant mothers struggle to find space and beds. The hospital receives about 20 expectant mothers daily, according to Principal Senior Nursing Officer Specioza Nabukeera. She said, however, that the available space and beds in the facility are not enough for the expectant mothers, newborn babies and patients with […]

Pregnancy and War – Women At Risk In The Nuba Mountains

Pregnancy and War – Women At Risk In The Nuba Mountains

During one of the worst aerial bomb attacks against the rebel-controlled areas in the Nuba Mountains, Awatif Ali Mohammed was very pregnant. Sudan government warplanes had bombed over 750 civilian targets in late 2014 and Awatif had miraculously given birth while evading the shrapnel and mayhem around her. But a neighbor to Awatif was not […]

Arrest Parents Of Pregnant Schoolgirls

Arrest Parents Of Pregnant Schoolgirls

 Bunda District Commissioner Lydia Bupilipili has ordered the police to arrest all parents whose school-going daughters got pregnant and chose to end the matter “amicably” with the suspected defilers instead suing them. Speaking during a training organised for primary school teachers by Ministry of Education and Vocational training on Saturday here, Ms Bupilipili said that […]

School Asks Pupils To Sign Non-Pregnancy Commitment Form

School Asks Pupils To Sign Non-Pregnancy Commitment Form

The department of education in Mpumalanga will be sending a support team to a school in the province where pupils have been asked to sign a document committing them to not falling pregnant. The document, drafted by the DM Motsaosele Secondary School, asks pupils to put their names on an agreement to “commit that I […]

Liberia’s Teenagers Cautioned Against Teenage Pregnancy

Liberia’s Teenagers Cautioned Against Teenage Pregnancy

Reflecting on the topic ‘Teenage Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)’, registered mid-wife Oretha Slocum thrilled her audience when she outlined factors responsible for teenage pregnancy in the country. She spoke on Sunday February 26, 2017 at a one day seminar organized by the Switzerland based NGO, Browier Trust Foundation, at the Immanuel Church School […]

Tanzania: Same Council Moves To Curb School Pregnancies

Tanzania: Same Council Moves To Curb School Pregnancies

 Same District Council has reported that 63 secondary school students have been found pregnant between January and October this year. District Education Officer responsible for secondary schools, Happiness Laiser, revealed this in a report she presented to the Council Chamber for deliberation. She attributed the high number of pregnancies to long distances girl students walk […]

Burundi: Alarming Figures Of Pregnancies In Schools

Burundi: Alarming Figures Of Pregnancies In Schools

The number of pregnant girls in schools increases year after year. According to a survey conducted by the ministry of public health last year, the figures rose from 877 in 2009 to 2424 in 2015. “The number of pregnant girls in schools continues to increase. Today, the provisional number is already superior to the last […]

Uganda: 15-Year-Old Girl Delivers During PLE

Uganda: 15-Year-Old Girl Delivers During PLE

Drama ensued at Ongerei Primary School when a 15-year-old girl developed labour pains in class while sitting for her final Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), prompting the school administration and invigilators to take her to a health unit. The incident happened at about 10am while the minor was sitting for the mathematics paper. She was rushed […]

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