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Groups lobby to keep pregnant girls in school

A joint statement released by 29 nonprofit groups urges Tanzania administration to allow pregnant girls to attend state-run schools

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — Pregnant girls shouldn’t be deprived of a state education. That was the message 29 nonprofit groups sent in Tanzania recently, reports Thomson Reuters Foundation.

A joint statement released by the groups noted that denying girls an education punishes them, their children and a nation. “Our motivation is the girls themselves, their quality of life and the opportunities they have to progress,” the group said, as quoted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “Educating young girls brings economic and social benefits to the whole country."

Many of the girls who become pregnant do so after being raped or coerced, and this is just one more challenge for girls trying to attend school. They also have to overcome poverty, long distances and gender-based violence to get an education.

More than 55,000 girls were expelled from school in Tanzania between 2003 and 2011 for being pregnant, according to the U.S.-based Center for Reproductive Rights. Most end up doing menial, low-paying work, which will keep them stuck in a cycle of poverty. [news.trust.org]

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada believes girls deserve the right to an education, so they can thrive and have a have a chance to chase and catch their dreams. To learn more about how you can help girls, visit ccfcanada.ca/gift-catalogue.

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About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 55 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, donors and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.