Dreams Innovation Challenge: Tanzania


Department of State



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Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe

Teen mothers are among the most vulnerable adolescents in Tanzania, where a staggering 27% of adolescent girls have given birth or are pregnant before the age of 19 and are effectively “locked out” of accessing public education. (TDHS 2015/16)

In response to this situation, we worked in Dar es Salaam with public secondary schools to reduce dropout rates for girls and with communities and local government authorities to support girls who already dropped out of school. In schools, we trained teachers to prevent and respond to gender-based violence to create a safe and supportive school environment for girls

We also supported girls and boys directly with Protect Our Youth Clubs that help adolescents build confidence and learn important life skills to help them stay and succeed in school. To support girls who dropped out of school and could not re-enter, the project provided life skills and non-formal education, entrepreneurship training, and linkages to health and support services. The program taught vulnerable young mothers early childhood stimulation skills  to keep them and their babies healthy and safe.

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