Monday, 5 December 2011FAWE will investigate the effectiveness of school re-entry policies for adolescent mothers in six Southern African countries in 2012 as part of its efforts to improve life opportunities for young girls.
FAWE’s research has shown that teenage girls continue to drop out of school due to pregnancy, with many of them not returning to school after childbirth. Even in the African countries* which have enacted policies to enable the re-admission of girls after childbirth, few girls return to and complete school.
This has a serious negative impact on communities: children whose mothers have little or no education are more likely to develop health difficulties and to continue living in poverty.
With the support of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), FAWE will undertake a comparative study of the implementation of re-admission policies targeting adolescent mothers in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The study will examine policy implementation strategies and identify gaps in translating re-entry policies into practice across the six countries.
The research findings will inform FAWE’s advocacy in mobilising governments to address challenges facing young girls who are affected by teenage pregnancy and provide opportunities for these girls to improve their life chances through effective education.
* Including Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania (Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia.
For more information please contact Josephine Munthali, FAWE Programme Officer for Southern Africa, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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