Africa: Pregnant Girls, Young Mothers Barred from School


“Evelina,” 17, with her 3-year-old daughter “Hope,” in Migori county, western Kenya. Evelina is in Form 2, the second year of lower secondary school. After her baby was born, a friend encouraged her to go back to school. Although Evelina cannot afford to pay school fees, the school’s head teacher allows her to stay in school.


© 2018 Smita Sharma for Human Rights Watch

(Nairobi) – Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today, ahead of the Day of the African Child on June 16, 2018.

“In many African countries, pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are forced out of school and denied their…

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