Teenage Pregnancy Should Not End #Girl’s #Education. #Girlsright

Teenage pregnancy and the stigmatization that accompanies it continue to expose deep-seated prejudices that exist in our society. Given the prevailing attitude of vilifying pregnant girls, it should come as little surprise that many schools opt for a punitive response by banishing pregnant girls from school.

This response leads to the further alienation of pregnant teens when they so desperately need support and encouragement to successfully complete their schooling.

Our very own Tanzanian Petrider Paul a Girl Right Defender and a Co-Founder of Youth for Change started this Petition , Let us all Join hands and make the president of the Republic of Tanzania understand that “Helping a girl child  [a pregnant student] return to her studies is a way  to send the message that staying in school is the right thing to do, regardless of what your circumstances are. It is a sad reality that so many teenagers are pregnant. Denying that reality is unlikely to prove the most promising approach to changing it, We all need to click on this petition and make sure every girl gets (deserve) the chance to change the world and have academic success!” 

On 22nd June 2017 while addressing the Bagamoyo District Residents in his 3 days tour to Coast Region in Tanzania  President. John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania made a statement to the public who gathered during where he mentioned that all pregnant school girls from primary schools to secondary schools should NOT continue their education at all once they fall pregnant hence no re-entry meaning an end to their education career.

”They are many things that girls who are impregnated can do after delivery, they can join VETA ( Vocational Educational Training Authority centers), they can learn sewing but they cannot go back to school” – said President J.P Magufuli

The President argued that if such girls were to be allowed back to school, then they would encourage other girls to engage in sex.

The Government of Tanzania needs to formulate a legal framework that would allow teenage mothers to resume schooling after giving birth, however, such a statement from the President propagates more discrimination without reconsidering that these girls (students ) need more sexual reproductive health education to be able to protect themselves from early pregnancies while in school.

Please join me to make a call for action and urge President John Pombe Magufuli of the United Republic of Tanzania to change this statement and #ProtectGirls Sign the Petition!

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