High school drop out of girls due to pregnancy and early marriages
I recently travelled to Rukungiri (with my team members), a rural area in Uganda where we had gone to assess the school where our SHIP project intends to conduct sexual education sessions beginning next year. We were shocked to learn that in one particular secondary school of about 300 students, 54 girls had dropped out of school in 2010 alone due to pregnancy (24) and marriage (30). This explains the magnitude of challenges girls face while trying to get an education in rural Uganda. The headteacher was happy to receive the project in her school but has also requested the SHIP project to train the teachers too on how they can handle their students in regard to sexuality issues.
However, our challenge now is resource mobilization to undertake such good recommendations. It is my hope that through such networks we can share ideas on how this project can have a greater impact on the lives of the adolescents in Uganda