“I want to be a magistrate, but I’m afraid. The girls who have been married won’t be able to go back to school. It could happen to me too.” At age 14, Coventry increasingly fears that she might be pressured into marriage after seeing two of her friends married during lockdown.
In Zimbabwe, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the closing down of all primary and secondary schools before the end of March 2020. Many remained closed for over six months, with some only reopening in November. In some communities, over two-thirds of girls reported to have dropped out in late 2020 when schools reopened due to early and unintended pregnancy or marriage.
The Flexible Learning Strategies for Out of School Children programme is a UNESCO initiative with the aim of supporting inclusive and quality education for every child in the region. Our goal is to reach the remaining and most vulnerable 5% of children with no access to education in the region and support quality improvements in learning for every child.
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