In Tanzania girls who become pregnant, even by rape, forfeit any right to an education in government schools. Most cannot afford a private education. We are setting up a new inclusive and stigma free learning center in Tabora, Tanzania to help these girls regain their education goals and eventually access higher education, vocational and other technical training. Such Alternative Education Pathways (AEPs) are a proven model of enabling teenage mothers to continue an education.
Girls who become pregnant or mothers while in primary and secondary schools are removed and forbidden from returning to publicly-funded schools. They are encouraged to use the Alternative Education Pathways (AEPs) outside the public school system. However, this is impossible for most girls because of the shortage of such schools that will allow mothers to enroll, even if they can afford the high fees. Furthermore many of the girls lack support from their families because of poverty and stigma.
Tumaini Education Program is creating an inclusive and stigma free learning center that enrolls teenage mothers who are excluded by the public school system before they have taken basic education qualifications. It operates as an open school to offer basic education and vocational skills for adolescent mothers who will be able to sit for national examinations and have the chance of proceeding with higher studies, other formal trainings and or engaging in entrepreneurship.
Tumaini School is a sustainable learning center that will enroll up to 600 teenage mothers each year. It will enable teenage mothers to have a second chance of accomplishing a basic education cycle and restore their right to access higher education in the formal system. The school will also set up a model learning center which can be replicated by other stakeholders in the country wishing to support the thousands of girls who drop out of schools due to pregnancy.
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