The development was revealed on Wednesday 15th September 2021 as Rwamagana district officially launched a campaign dubbed ‘Tujyanemo mu kurengera abana’ translated as ‘Let’s walk together to protect children’ aimed at fighting violence against teens and reducing street kids among others.
Rwamagana district vice mayor for social affairs, Jeanne Mutoni has explained that the main objective of the campaign is to seek a solution to problems facing teen mothers and prevent unexpected pregnancies.
“We have so far registered over 180 teen mothers. In collaboration with partners during this campaign, we are going to seek how to bring back to schools those willing to resume studies. We already have partners who committed to provide school kits and plan to work closely with parents to take care of teen mothers’ children as they go back to school,” she he said.
Mutoni revealed that teen mothers unable to return to school immediately will be linked to development partners to enroll them in short-term vocational training to spur their economic growth.
Throughout the campaign which started one week ago, local leaders and partners have been convening meetings with girls aged between 15 and 24 to enlighten them on reproductive health. Among others, parents and teen mothers were also educated while 85 families with former street children pledged to take them back to school.