Female high school dropouts given chance to forge new lives in Tanzania

By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rahabu Kennedy was 17 when she got pregnant and dropped out of school in her village in northern Tanzania, crushing her dream to become a teacher. One of about 8,000 teenage girls in the impoverished East African nation estimated to quit school each year due to pregnancy, Kennedy was stunned to find she was expecting a child, having received no sex education. I had to join the man who impregnated me and we lived like husband and wife for two years,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The 22-year-old former student from Bukamba secondary school in Kahama district in the northern Shinyanga region said when her parents realized she had a child and was living with a man they demanded a dowry so she could be married.
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