Tanzania will now offer education to pregnant girls and teen mothers

Young girls in Tanzania who have dropped out of secondary school for being pregnant or raising their children will now have the opportunity to resume their studies, the government has announced. 

A new schools policy will ensure that all of the fifty-four training Folk Development Colleges (FDCs) offer secondary education to girls who had dropped out of school by January 2022. It is part of a $500 million World Bank initiative launched last year that aims to broaden access to education. 

Since 2017, a ban implemented by the previous president, the late John Magufuli, has been imposed on pregnant girls and teenage mothers attending school, impacting the lives of thousands of students who were forced to end their studies abruptly. According to the World Bank, around 5,500 girls drop out of school per year in Tanzania due to pregnancy.

The programme is another move by the new president President Samia Suluhu Hassan to reverse her predecessor’s most controversial policies, including his dismissal of the COVID-19 pandemic as a conspiracy.

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Featured image: School in Zanzibar, Tanzania, April 2017. Photo: GPE/Chantal Rigaud / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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