Teenage pregnancies account for 31 percent of school drop-out cases among girls in Kenya. Some of the girls are discontinued by school administration, others are disowned by their parents or guardians yet others dropout due to shame, stigma and ridicule from peers and community in general. A majority of them end up into abusive and forced marriages, prostitution, child-labour, substance abuse and other social and health risks, despite their desire to return to school and compete their education.
This project covers all the education costs to enable the beneficiary girls complete their secondary education. These include school fees, school uniforms, learning materials and personal emoluments for the teenage mothers to enable them to be re-admitted and continue with secondary education. A need-based and participatory approach involving teachers is used in selecting the project beneficiaries. They are then counseled, motivated and supported to resume and complete high school education.
The project enables the teenage mothers to continue with their education, thus pursuing their dream careers, improving their employment prospects, restoring their dignity and positively influencing their communities. The opportunity to continue with their education has the potential of changing community attitudes so that they can embrace the education of girls who become pregnant while in school. We belive that Education empowers girls today and secures the futures of the children of tomorrow.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Kenya Alliance for Rural Empowerment(KARE)
Canadian long time partner funding a GSBV project