Tanzania: Action Plan, a non-governmental organisation, has come up with a project aimed at safeguarding the welfare of schoolgirls in Mafia District. The move comes in the wake of a report indicating that 10 per cent of schoolgirls in the district have been dropping out of school every year due to pregnancy or early marriage.
The area MP confirms that teen marriage is a serious problem in the island. Many families in the district, he notes, still harbour beliefs that undermine the rights of the girl child.
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