COUNTRY/TOWN: Cape Verde / Island of Santiago
This project, sponsored by the City Council of Vigo, seeks to guarantee the right to ongoing, quality education for pregnant adolescents and mothers in the Cape Verdean secondary school system, and to promote gender equity and empowerment for the programme’s beneficiaries.
Our foundation will collaborate with different institutions in Cape Verde to implement a cross-subject programme in four secondary schools with a high incidence of teenage pregnancy and maternity on the island of Santiago, Cape Verde.
In recent years, an increase has been observed in the number of teenage pregnancies. In 2016, pregnancies under the age of 19 came to 20.4% of the total, with ratios reaching almost 50% in some towns. Many of these young women drop out of their studies because they cannot combine motherhood with their continued education in a climate of gender inequality. In fact, 42% of the girls who dropped out of school between 2002 and 2008 due to pregnancy did not go back to the classroom.
The Government of Cape Verde wishes to guarantee that pregnant young women and mothers may continue their studies and be successful at school, while promoting equal opportunities. To this end, it has drawn up different educational and equality strategies under the umbrella of the 2030 Agenda.
Our foundation will cooperate with institutions in the country to ensure continuity for pregnant women or mothers in secondary education curricula. Specifically, a pilot protocol for action will be implemented and a diagnosis made of the situation. Analysis and identification will be carried out to discover the obstacles these women face to remain in secondary education, their family context, the types of discrimination experienced by pregnant young women and the impact of the new Cape Verdean legislation on equal education. A guide will also be created to promote sexual and affective education, to adapt these young women’s curricula, to tackle gender stereotypes and inequalities, and to implement protocols for action against gender-based violence and sexual abuse. In addition, educational methods will be drawn up and the proposals will be monitored to ensure that the measures are implemented and that these young women’s rights are protected.
The project’s benefits will be extended to families and teaching bodies. Furthermore, the training for young women will help foster knowledge and productivity in the country.
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