Children of the Commonwealth: Guyana

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Maria Ignatius has been training to be a nurse at a hospital near Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, for nearly six months.

Maria is one of the lucky ones. The prospects for many other young mothers – who account for around one-fifth of all babies born in Guyana – are not so bright. With much stigma still surrounding teenage pregnancy – especially in rural communities – most will drop out of school, their education at an abrupt end.”

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