November 30, 2014
School pregnancy or sometimes regarded as teenage pregnancy occur in girls who have not completed their primary or secondary school and have few or no remarkable skills, are ﬁnancially dependent upon their parents and/or continues to live at home and are often immature. Teenage pregnancies remain a serious problem in Tanzania. It is estimated that at the age of seventeen or of eighteen 39%, of all females are either pregnant or already mothers
About one in 20 girls in Tanzania began child-bearing at the age of 15 years, and this rises sharply to one in four among 17 year olds. Girls in rural areas are almost twice as likely as girls in urban areas to start childbearing before they reach 19 years. More than half of girls with no education are mothers or pregnant before they reach 19 years, compared with about 25 per cent of those who completed primary school and less than ﬁve per cent of girls who attended secondary school. Open links below to read more..
The newly released Fact sheet in this month, July 2014. Fact Sheet!
Worldwide, it is estimated that 51 million girls younger than 18 are child brides. The majority of early marriages occur in West and East Africa and South Asia. Over the next decade, another 100 million girls will face early marriages.
Tanzania has one of the highest child marriage prevalence rates in the world. On average, almost two out of five girls will be married before their 18th birthday. In 2010, about 37% of the women aged 20-24 were married/in union before age 18. Data shows a 10% decline since 2004 (41%).
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