CSO’s Call for Education Policy on Child-Mothers

YALI Gender Admission Representative, Flavia Kalule Nabagabe

Civil society organizations including Young African Leaders Initiative Uganda (YALI) and Girl Child Initiative Uganda (GCIU) have called on government through the Ministry of Education to come with a policy that will allow child mothers to join school after giving birth.

A report from the United Nations Educational, more about Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows that Uganda has the highest school drop-out rate for females in East Africa, mostly due to early pregnancies.

Research has indicated that even after delivery, girls remain home due to the poor school environment that can’t have them accommodated.

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“So many girls are left at home even after they have given birth and yet they are at a very tender age; this means that as the boy child is progressing with education, the girl child who may have had more interest in school but due to pregnancy was unable to continue, their education journey comes to an end,” noted YALI Gender Admission Representative, Flavia Kalule Nabagabe.

Nabagabe added, “As the women’s movement and as young people, we strongly advocate that government puts in place a policy that can allow girl mothers to go back to school after giving birth.”

“Currently I know of only one organization that has constructed a school specifically for child mothers and this is in Northern Uganda; we need more of such schools; especially moving forward with this year international women’s theme addressing women in the changing world of work.”

Girl Child Initiative Uganda (GCIU) Programs Coordinator, Monic Ntale observed that unless such girls are recruited back to school, government’s fight against reducing girl child drop out of school may be had to realize.

“Educating a girl child is a privilege to the entire country; Uganda cannot achieve the middle income status once girls who are the economic muscles of Uganda’s tomorrow are continuing to drop out at a high rate.” Ntale noted.

“As we reflect on this year’s 2017 women day celebration theme; “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”. This calls for girls who are educated, who can hold different positions in key sectors so as to achieve the economic empowerment and inclusion.”


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