1 Million sub-Saharan African Girls face school ban due to pregnancy! WORLD VISION fights back!

jomarieb.earth
Posted August 6, 2021 from United States

One million girls face school ban because of pregnancy in sub-Saharan Africa due to the Covid 19 pandemic... 

I have been seeing this narrative brought to our attention on World Pulse by several sisters with deep concern for the plight of the girls in their countries. So I looked online to see what I could also bring to the World Pulse table of awareness. 

World Vision, a faith based organization, quoted as many as one million schoolgirls could be blocked from re-entry to school because they have become pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Potentially $10 billion loss in GDP in the region if girls lose out on education. 

 Sub-Saharan African countries must prepare for the imminent increase in pregnant students and establish policies that facilitate their re-entry.

COVID-19 Aftershocks – Access Denied is a global education coalition launched by UNESCO warned that girls who have become pregnant, many because of sexual violence, child marriage and lack of access to sexual and reproductive health services, will now lose out on future opportunities because policies and practices in some countries across sub-Saharan Africa do not allow pregnant girls or young mothers to continue their education. COVID-19 has forced school closures in 194 countries, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners – over 90% of the world’s school-going population.

School closures during crises can lead to increases in teenage pregnancy by as much as 65 per cent, as closures result in girls spending more time with men and boys than they would were they to be in school, leading to greater likelihood of engagement in risky sexual behavior and increased risk of sexual violence and sexual exploitation.

With increases in teenage pregnancies looming and policies and practices that ban pregnant girls and young mothers from school, an estimated one million girls in sub-Saharan Africa may be blocked from returning to school once they reopen after closures due to COVID-19. A lost education is catastrophic to young mothers, their children, and their communities. If countries across sub-Saharan Africa fail to ensure the continued education of adolescent mothers, the region could see its economy suffer from a further US$10 billion loss in GDP above and beyond the immediate, crippling effects of COVID-19.

The pregnancies are only the first stage of the effects of this crisis. These girls must not be blocked from continuing their education. It is often not due to lack of funds. But the blocks are purely discriminating against these young women for being pregnant. 

COVID-19 AFTERSHOCKS: ACCESS DENIED has created in depth case studies of policies, country by country in sub-Saharan Africa. (See pdf link below). No need to print it out. Just open the link and have a coffee and a read. Find your country, and your neighboring countries responses to this dire crisis. One million young women stand to be blocked from education. This is a large percentage of a generation at risk. Which puts the generation that is being born by these young women at risk. Awareness is key. Talk to your communities. Contact World Vision for information and guidance. World Vision is working to reverse this wave of discrimination and oppression against women and children.

COVID-19 AFTERSHOCKS: ACCESS DENIED PDF pamphlet download: by World Vision:

https://www.wvi.org/sites/default/files/2020-08/Covid19%20Aftershocks_Ac...

eNAC-Johannesburg, South Africa TV interview. Barbara Kalima-Phiri from World Vision discusses this with Gareth Edwards:

Rise in teen pregnancy during lockdown...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27gLsEhmkGM

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. www.wvi.org

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Credits: World Vision.  Lines extracted from report prepared by World Vision. Lead author Tony Baker, with key contributions from members of the Aftershocks Education Working Group, including World Vision Canada, World Vision UK and World Vision US, and World Vision International’s COVID-19 Advocacy Response Group. We especially acknowledge the significant work by our colleagues from the sub-Saharan Africa region, with thanks to World Vision Ghana, World Vision Kenya, World Vision Malawi, World Vision Mozambique, World Vision Sierra Leone, World Vision Tanzania, World Vision Uganda, the World Vision East Africa Regional Office, the World Vision West Africa Regional Office and the World Vision Southern Africa Regional Office. We also thank UNESCO, members of the COVID-19 Global Education Coalition Gender Equality Flagship, Human Rights Watch, the Right to Education Initiative, and the many other global and local actors working on this critical issue.

MEDIA CONTACT : Nicole Harris Public Relations Manager [email protected] m 404-735-0871

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valem
Aug 07
Aug 07

Dear JoMarie how are you?
what you said is true for many girls their dreams are shattered for many reasons including inequality, traditions and customs, patriarchy and poverty.

jomarieb.earth
Aug 07
Aug 07

Dear Valem,
I'm fine. I hope you are well, safe and happy.
I hope that the right people join the fight that World Vision is waging on this crime towards girls. And that a change will come. Girls must keep learning.

Elizabeth Francis
Aug 07
Aug 07

Wowwwww, blessings to world vision and the incredible work they do, thank you o Marie, for highlighting, indeed the fall out from Corvid 19 would have a devastating effect on an already challenging situation..
Love and light my sister

jomarieb.earth
Aug 07
Aug 07

Hi Elizabeth,
So glad you stopped by. Yes I hope this effort morphs into each country creating support. World Vision has them in the stoplight. I hope they perform well.
Hugs...JoMarie

megsmueller
Aug 08
Aug 08

Hi JoMarie dear sister and thank you for the hugs! Truly a global ripple effect this is. Albeit that it's not a written statement, directly at any specific individual, I still see it as an organised form of pure defamation of character. It is wrong within its rights!!! Our girls have the right to be given a chance at Education, unconditionally. I pray for a way forward for our princesses.

Much love and hugs to you.

jomarieb.earth
Aug 08
Aug 08

Hi Megsmueller,
Education should be a birthright no matter who, no matter what. Unfortunately it isn't yet. Thank God someone wants to take on the fight for these girls. But how much and for how long? As you said, it's a global ripple. Stay tuned. It's complicated.
More hugs...JoMarie

Beth Lacey
Aug 10
Aug 10

Thanks, Jo Marie. I hope World Vision succeeds. This pandemic has caused so much tragedy globally. Hugs back to you

jomarieb.earth
Aug 14
Aug 14

Hi Beth!
I hope they succeed magnanimously, because the human traffickers have plenty of plans for the future.
XoXo...JoMarie

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Sep 28
Sep 28

Dear Jo Marie,

Thank you very much for highlighting this troubling trend! It is real. It is continuing. School remain closed to date!
It is heart breaking to think that so many girls are out of school and have been since the pandemic began.

While others are giving birth, others are continuing to get pregnant. No school. No skills. No employment. No husbands! Imagine the future of these girls and their children!

We should be grateful to organizations like World Vision and UNESCO that are keeping us informed but we need to support local initiatives aimed at keeping girls in school.
Thanks for raising our awareness once again. Keep it up.

jomarieb.earth
Sep 28
Sep 28

Dear Kahahenda,
So glad you stopped by sister!
Truly this is a heartbreaking situation. And the magnitude of the effects are immeasurable. It will affect all generations, every community and the entire economy. Women are being set back worldwide. But adolescents are the most vulnerable by default, due to the ramifications. Awareness is only the first step. The NGOs can only do but so much (or so little). Because the cause and the effect includes the entire population. These young mothers need to be loved, protected and taught. They are experiencing the worse dilemma of these dark ages. It will take a collective, local effort to change the tide and weather the storm. Lots of local efforts. Again, I'm glad to hear from you.
Hugs...JoMarie