Thursday, 05 January 2017
Escuela inclusiva for teenage mothers
Reality in Peru for teenage pregnancies is frightening. The latest figures show that 14.6% of all birth are from teenage mothers. These pregnancies - most of them unwanted - lead to social disadvantages such as low education. The new role of those teenage mothers prevents them to attend school.
This is the kind of situation that drives Taller de los Niños crazy! After many investigation and administrative struggle (this is still Peru after all), they started begining of 2016 a special school for teenage mothers. Why is it special: it offers young mothers schedules adapted their new daily routine that allows them to attend class. It offers dedicated theachers that follow each students. Those teachers make sure they start where they left last time, even if the student missed a class.
But you shouldn't think this is all "study if you wish" kind of policy. Rules are strict as there are many young mothers applying for a seat in that "escuela inclusiva". There are precise criterias to be allowed in and an attentive follow up during the school year.
During its first year 47 students could benefit from this first "inclusive school" of Peru; among them 22 young mothers could proudly complete their secondary education. Congratulations to them.
Association Léon supported the project in 2016 and will so the same in 2017. Looking forward to see the constant efforts of those young persons being rewarded.
Nice recap in spanish: link youtube