Early marriage, pregnancy force Tanzanian teenage girls to drop out of school

By Kizito Makoye MAPINGA, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sikudhani Kimweri was the only girl from her primary school who went on to Bunju secondary school in eastern Tanzania’s Bagamayo district. “There is no value on education in our village, very few girls finish school,” said Kimweri, now 20, in an interview. While Tanzania has made significant progress overall in primary school enrolment, few girls, especially in rural areas, complete their secondary education because of early marriage, teenage pregnancy and poverty, women’s rights campaigners say.
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