To: World Leaders

Let Pregnant Girls Go to School.

Let Pregnant Girls Go to School.

Five million children were denied education because of the Ebola outbreak. Girls were particularly affected as many were victims of sexual abuse and violence - and many more because they became pregnant during the almost one year of school closures.

The government of Sierra Leone has finally announced their plan to reopen schools - but the Education Minister says that pregnant girls will not be allowed into school, or to even take their exams.

Punishing the victims and depriving them of a future that education gives is an injustice: no one should be denied an education. Sign #UpForSchool and join me in calling on the Government of Sierra Leone to let all girls into school.

Your right to Education should not be taken away because you are pregnant! Nothing Changes Without Pressure.

Yours, Chernor.
@cee_bah

Why is this important?

STAND #UPFORSCHOOL

Every child has the right to go to school, without danger or discrimination.

Help create a message no government, politician or leader can ignore and demand that every child can go to school safely. Nothing changes without pressure.

Sign the #UpForSchool Petition. Act Now.

THE PETITION

"We, the world's youth, teachers, parents and global citizens appeal to our governments to keep their promise, made at the United Nations in 2000, to ensure all out-of-school children gain their right to education before the end of 2015.

We are standing up to bring an end to the barriers preventing girls and boys from going to school, including forced work and early marriage, conflict and attacks on schools, exploitation and discrimination. All children deserve the opportunity to learn and achieve their potential.

We are #UpForSchool."


Reasons for signing

  • Education is the key to success and to developed and advance the country.
  • This is a serious violation of Human Rights for Woman & Girls.
  • These young girls are victims and need support. Sierra Leone cannot afford to lose all the talents these girls have

Updates

2015-04-24 15:46:37 +0100

I had an incredible meeting with the President of Sierra Leone on Saturday to convey your outrage on his government's policy barring pregnant girls from school.

In response to our call to end the ban, President Koroma made a promise to meet with me again when I return to Sierra Leone in 2 weeks to consider a proposal - that will not only enable the girls to return to school but ensure that their health, social and other needs are adequately met.

I hope to present that proposal alongside your signatures - but he needs to know that we are not relenting until this is a reality.

Please share our petition with your friends and networks, that there is an opportunity to make a real difference - and it's urgent.

Thanks for your support - we've now got 2 weeks to build our movement and keep the pressure on!

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