Until November 2021, teenage mothers were banned from continuing their education in public schools. Even now, there are few public schools that meet their needs.

Here at Tumaini Open School we are bringing about change

We have set up an inclusive learning centre in Tabora, Tanzania to help these girls regain their education goals and eventually access higher education, vocational and other technical training. Such Alternative Education Pathways (AEPs) are a proven model of enabling teenage mothers to continue an education.

Continuing Stigma

The experience of teenage mothers is surrounded by stigma because Tanzanian society is largely patriarchal. It regards girls who get pregnant while in school as immoral. For this reason, in addition to poverty, many teenage mothers lack support from their families.

Our School

Tumaini Education Programme is an inclusive learning centre that enrols teenage mothers excluded by the public school system before they have taken basic education qualifications. It operates as an open school to offer basic education and vocational skills for adolescent mothers. They sit for national examinations and have the chance of proceeding with higher studies, training and or engaging in entrepreneurship.

Making a difference

Tumaini School is a sustainable learning centre that will enrol up to 250 teenage mothers each year. It gives teenage mothers a second chance and restores their right to access higher education. Our model learning centre can be replicated by other stakeholders wishing to support the thousands of girls who drop out of schools due to pregnancy.

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