Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda Chapter

"21 Years of Enhancing Girls' and Women's Education for Development" FAWE Uganda 1997-2018

I REFUSED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL BECAUSE I HAD LOST HOPE (SHARIFA NAKISIGE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGE STORY)

Since the inception of the Promting Girls Rights through CEDAW project in the the districts of Tororo Kamuli and Buyende in 2016 a record of over 100 Adolescent mothers have been retained back to school following a number of interventions that have Improved attitudes and systems at community, sub-county and district level to support adolescent girls’ rights to education, sexual and reproductive health .In the month of February 2018 the CEDAW team caught up with a one Nakisige Sharifa an Adolescent mother and now a student who picked enthusiastic interest to share her most significant change story following her current status comparing it with her past and this is what she narrated.

My name is Nakisige Sharifa a resident of Imeeri Village Nkondo Sub county in Buyende district, Am a senior two student and I currently go to Baligeya Memorial Seed Secondary school, I am a fifteen year old child mother and I got involved in CEDAW activities through a community volunteer in 2016. The most significant story that has happened in my life so far is surviving Early child marriage, I got pregnant while I was just in senior one and I dropped out of school, my parents and close relatives were annoyed with this act so I was punished and mistreated for a long time however they advised me not to abort even when they had promised never to deal with me again. After giving birth. a lady who happened to be a CEDAW community volunteer came and talked to me and encouraged me to join the out of school CEDAW Girls Rights Clubs which I did, From that day on wards a lady by the names of Madam Jackie visited us together with our community volunteers and started teaching us about the dangers of getting pregnant at an early stage , Early Marriage and child protection the project came to our village and we learnt a lot about the dangers of child marriage and teenage pregnancy and they also told us it was possible for young mothers to go back to school. In my village many girls who get pregnant at my age don’t go back to school.

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Nakisige Sharifa a resident of Imeeri Village

Me too I had refused to go back to school because I had lost hope and I was feeling shy even back at home , many children did not want to be close to me, others laughed at me it was very hard for me. Because I had changed my behaviors at home I requested my parents to give me another chance to go back to school , I got lucky and my parents decided to take me back to school .meanwhile at school I found another CEDAW Girls Rights Club which I also joined today I feel comfortable and happy because am studying once again , we are learning many good things and I believe I will complete school ,am happy am now back at school , I make good decisions and am now an assertive girl ,Girls at my school are also Assertive like me and they can speak for themselves confidently

It is my best story because the many things I have learnt from the project have helped me return back in school and have also built my confidence to stay in school my parents and other people know that when a girl gets pregnant its possible for her to go back and complete school. My parents too know the dangers of child marriage so they didn’t force me to go and get married to the boy that made me pregnant .I can easily share with my parents the challenges I face and in case they fail to help me I know the right places were to go for support.

I encourage all fellow girls like not to give up on Education because without Education the world will be a confusing place to leave in.

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