The national laws in Uganda are clear: “All children have a right to education and thus all obstacles to school completion should be removed to keep girls in the schools longer.”*
However, almost a quarter of all girls between the ages of 14 to 18 do not finish school—many of them due to pregnancy.
Several inter-related obstacles prevent young mothers and pregnant girls from getting back to school. According to the Adolescent Mothers’ Education Initiative (AMEI)—a project that targets policy and practice around the continued education of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers in southern and eastern Africa— some of these obstacles are related to the attitudes of parents, teachers, faith leaders, and community members.
Supported by Education Out Loud and implemented by World Vision UK in cooperation with Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, World Vision Zimbabwe, World VIsion DRC, The Education Coalition of Zimbabwe, and The Coalition Nationale de l'éducation pour tous en République Démocratique du Congo, AMEI is tackling this issue at the community level, talking face to face with leaders, arranging community meetings, disseminating official policies, and appearing on local radio stations.