SAMPLE OF SCHOOL PREGNANCIES: 2006-2009 MTWARA REGION

SAMPLE OF SCHOOL PREGNANCIES: 2006-2009 MTWARA REGION

2006 

MUNICIPALITYPRIMARY SCHOOL
SECONDARY SCHOOLTOTAL
Mtwara/Mikindani15






04






19




Mtwara



16612178
Tandahimba9918117
Newala580967
Masasi16428192
Nanyumbu
000000
TOTAL50271573

2007

MUNICIPALITYPRIMARY SCHOOL
SECONDARY SCHOOLTOTAL
Mtwara/Mikindani
17








03










20








Mtwara



10202104
Tandahimba10146147
Newala503989
Masasi8739126
Nanyumbu
511667
TOTAL408145553

2008 – JANUARY-FEBRUARY, 2009

MUNICIPALITYPRIMARY SCHOOL
SECONDARY SCHOOLTOTAL
Mtwara/Mikindani12











18













30












Mtwara



552378
Tandahimba354883
Newala210930
Masasi120214
Nanyumbu
320234
TOTAL167102269

Interventions taken on schoolgirl pregnancies 2008-2009

NO.DISTRICTNO. OF PREGNANCIESCASESPOLICE CASESIN COURTJUDEMENT
2MASASI/
NANYUMBU
188-443320
3NEWALA62190403-
4TANDAHIMBA106----
5MTWARA (V)161-8103-
6MTWARA/
MIKINDANI
2210---

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SAMPLE OF SCHOOLGIRL PREGNANCIES MTWARA DISTRICT, MIKINDINI AND MANISPAA

StrategyToolsIndicators/Benchmarks
1) Training1) Lectures
2) Focused Group Discussions with
. News Editors
. Senior Reporters
. Producers of radio & TV
. Photo journalists

During Workshop
. Lectures
. Structured training
. Discussions
. Leaders talking to an audience
. Participation by target audience.

. Information flow

. Participation
2) Sensitization and MobilizationInformation education and communication (IEC Material.)

. Information kits
. Training kits
. Awareness raised
. change in attitude
. Balance in gender Relations
3) Media Advocacy
To be the result of the training workshop for media.
Radio Programs
Radio Spots/Jingles
. Radio magazine
. Panel discussions
. Testimony
. Commentaries
. Q & A
. Soap opera
. Hard news
. Chat Show
. Phone – in


Print Media
. cartoons in tabloid press
. Focus Features in print
Media
. Billboards
. Pull-out in print media
. Editorials/commentary
. Hard news
. Pamphlets/fact sheets

. As above
. Listener ship increased
. Letters from public to
Print media editors.
. Popular participation in
The campaign on Human Rights.
Television
. TV spots
. TV special programs
. Documentary
. Magazine

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What needs to be done to reduce schoolgirl pregnancies?

In consultation with CSOs working on the elimination of Gender Based Violence we need to develop a National Initiative to develop strategies to expand the availability of services for Survivors by setting up more crises and legal aid centres nationally; increase counselling services; and start peer support groups.

  • Work with Faith Based Organizations; the Tanzania Teachers’ Association (CWT); Parents; and government agencies to implement a coordinated campaign to raise awareness on Sexual; Reproductive; and Maternal Health SRMH, in age appropriate manner among adolescents.
  • Inform parents through media- community radio and outreach on protecting the girl child from being sexually abused.
  • Have a national media campaign specifically designed to communicate social norms that define child sexual abuse as unacceptable.
  • Train community based organizations (CBOs) in counselling and paralegal skills to enable them to start community based support centres.

 Incorporate messages on the Rights and Security of the Girl Child in speeches made by Opinion Leaders; in radio sound bites; in posters with reader friendly language, specially tailored for parents with low literacy levels; in school curricula.

Schoolgirl pregnancies can, and should be stopped.

 

“Together We Can Make it Happen”

Leila Sheikh

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