Assisting teenage mothers re-join formal education and others enrolled in skills training programs
The Girls for Change aims at assisting teenage mothers re-join formal education and others enrolled in skills training programs. To address the growing concerns of many young/teenage mothers in and around the THINKER’S VILLAGE community, the GFC will also provide an Early Childhood Care Development Center to cater to their kids during school hours. Through this intervention our program will ensure a child friendly learning and play environment, the provision of learning materials to include reading books, and recreational materials.
Why we do what we do?
Current programs run by the Girls for Change shows that many teenage mothers especially under-privileged girls are either not in school or engaged in productive activities because they do not have anyone to look after their kids.
While the provision of access to sexual and reproductive health services and free and compulsory basic educations are vital for economic growth and poverty reduction. However, it is critical that children of underprivileged and marginalized teenage girls are having access to early childhood care education. Providing such services or intervention will facilitate the return of teenage girls who have dropped out of school or are unable to participate in entrepreneurship trainings because they have to look after their children at the time they should have been enrolling in formal or informal school.
The Girls for Change believes that education is vital, and a key to success in every society. Our goal in helping teenage mothers re-joining school and ensuring the care and protection of children from violence exploitation and neglect is our mandate.
Why our work is important
Out of the total population in Liberia, approximately half are under the age of 18 years. The limited opportunities for education, training and employment render this age group particularly vulnerable. While the minimum legal age for marriage in Liberia is 21 for males and 18 for females, in practice the custom of early marriage is commonplace. In Liberia 38% of girls are married by the age of 17 and 11% by the age of 15 years . Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) also affects 66% of women in the country. At 38% the rates of adolescent pregnancy in Liberia are among the highest in the world. With high female school dropout rates exacerbated by poverty, young girls are often peer influenced to engage in several high-risk sexual practices