DREAMS Innovation Challenge: Tanzania
Teen mothers are among the most vulnerable adolescents in Tanzania, where a staggering 44% of adolescent girls have given birth or are pregnant before the age of 19 and are effectively “locked out” of accessing public education. In response to this situation, our DREAMS Innovation Challenge program is working in Dar es Salaam with public secondary schools to reduce dropout rates for girls and with communities and local government authorities to support girls who have already dropped out of school.
In schools, we are training teachers to prevent and respond to gender-based violence to create a safe and supportive school environment for girls. We also support girls and boys directly with Protect Our Youth Clubs that help adolescents build confidence and learn important life skills to help them stay and succeed in school.
To support girls who have already dropped out of school and cannot re-enter, Bantwana provides life skills and non-formal education, entrepreneurship training, and linkages to health and support services. The program teaches vulnerable young mothers early childhood stimulation skills and helps to keep them and their babies healthy and safe.