Stakeholders Urged to Implement Re-entry For Adolescent Mothers in Nasarawa

Teenage Network, a nongovernmental organisation has called on stakeholders in Nasarawa State to implement guidelines for re-entry of Adolescent mothers back to school.

The Teenage Network Liaison Officer, Miss Oghene Gladys, stated this during the stakeholder’s consultation meeting in Lafia the state capital.

She said the stakeholder’s meeting aims to create comprehensive guidelines for the re-entry of Adolescent mothers into the formal education system in Nasarawa State.


We need to support the implementation of this guideline as well as the need to carry adolescent mothers along for the development of education”.

Speaking on the synopsis of the school reentry guideline for adolescent mothers in Nasarawa State, the project consultant, and the gender transformative Education Consultant, Miss Samuel Joy Ebeben, said the guidelines would help reduce the structural barriers to the reintegration of Adolescent mothers back into school.

“It would drive change in Stigmatisation and discrimination against adolescent mothers”.

Also speaking, the Director of Schools Ministry of Education, Prof. Igbone James Digocho, welcomes the initiative and appreciates Teenage Network for bringing such a good idea for adolescent mothers in Nasarawa State.

Let them be welcomed back to school, and know that they still have hope. If yesterday did not know and yesterday died, today that knows today will not die again”.

He therefore urged all to join hands together to support the implementation of the guidelines and make adolescent mothers come back to school to start learning again as education is the panacea of national development without education, the country cannot grow.

Speaking for the Civil Society Organizations, the Director of Beacon Youth Initiative, Nasarawa State, Mr. Envoh Emmanuel appreciates the Teenage Network for this opportunity for adolescent mothers to go back to school with the implementation of the guidelines.

He said the adolescent mothers have suffered a lot, and as such this initiative would take them back to education that was cut short for them.

Mr. Emmanuel further calls on the government and all stakeholders to be proactive in giving adolescent mothers a sense of belonging.

The adolescent mothers both from Assakio, Lafia North local government area of the state, Miss Peace Emmanuel and Miss Sabatu Adeka, said what happened to them was a mistake and they pleaded with the government to come to their aid and provide an opportunity for them to go back to school.

 

Dominica Nwabufo

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