Stop Banning Pregnant Girls in Africa from Getting an Education

Target: Moussa Faki, Chairman of the African Union Commission

Goal: Allow girls who are pregnant or young mothers to receive an education.

Tens of thousands of girls in Africa are banned from going to school after they get pregnant. According to a deputy head teacher in Malawi, “If she attends pregnant, she can be ridiculed by other students and be a bad influence.” Africa has the highest rate of adolescent pregnancies. This should not stop young girls from receiving an education that they are willing to work hard for. These girls have a right to an education and they should not be banned from learning because they are having or have had a child. If anything, this is more of a reason to get educated.

These girls are being punished for having children at a young age, but education should be a right, not a privilege.  There needs to be a reform policy put into place that allows all girls to receive an education, regardless of what is going on inside their bodies. Sign this petition to put an end to the expulsion of female students who become pregnant.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chairman Faki,

I am writing to urge you to look at the policies that are in place for young girls who are pregnant or young mothers who wish to continue their education. According to Human Rights Watch, there are 24 African countries that lack re-entry policies or laws to protect pregnant girls’ right to education. These girls face many obstacles before they can continue their education. Some of these girls are even criminally charged with adultery, indecency, or extra-marital sex.

Many of these girls are shamed for their pregnancies and many still want to continue their education despite this. These girls should not have their education disrupted because of their pregnancies. Instead, we demand there are policies put in place that allow girls in African countries to continue their education when they become pregnant.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: USAID Africa Bureau

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2 Comments

  1. STOP YOUR BAN OF PREGNANT WOMEN FROM GETTING EDUCATION NOW! THEY AREN’T SECOND CLASS CITIZEN! THEY ARE IN CHARGE OF RAISING YOUR NEXT GENERATION. DON’T WANT THE CHILDREN TO BE EDUCATED?!

  2. gen agustsson says:

    stop adolescent pregnancies now! pregnancies are for adults not children. overpopulation must be stopped and provide birth control now!

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