Single Mother Finds New Opportunity to Further Her Education
Published November 25, 2015 by Jasmin Adi
Sarah doing some quiet revision after a class.
Seventeen year old Sarah Leaduma dropped out of primary school in January 2014 when she became visibly pregnant. She was stressed and harassed by her fellow students which forced her to cut short her education. She felt that nobody wanted her around, let alone go to school in a society where early pregnancy is considered a plague.
Born of a single mother and being the first born of the family, her pregnancy was considered a source of shame, and she was sent away from home to stay with relatives until she delivered.
She thought that her dream of pursuing her education had vanished.
When Adeso's Mobile Non-Formal Education (MNFE) project established a Non formal Centre in Korr, Sarah heard of the initiative at a public meeting at the Korr Centre. It was the answer to Sarah’s prayers, and she was among the first students to enroll at the centre.
Sarah now attends her classes and looks after her baby. She is also one of the candidates who will sit for the primary completion exam this year. Her dream is to become a teacher so that she can uplift the education status of girls in pastoral communities, and campaign against stigmatization of girls and women.
“I don’t want any other girl to go through what I went through after I became pregnant and was kicked out of school,” said Sarah. “I am now learning in an environment where I am accepted and I can even go to class with my son.”
The MNFE project works to ensure that all children and youth can not only go to school, but can also acquire the knowledge and skills they need in a bid to lead healthy, productive lives, secure meaningful jobs, and contribute to society. The project focuses on boosting literacy levels among the community.