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Secondary School for Teenage Moms

How AViD started

A decade ago, Rehemah, a teenager with a refreshingly vibrant outlook on life founded Avid (then known as Girlbe). At the time, motivated by her deep childhood emotional fractures, she was determined to support children in low income communities to figure out a way to solve their challenges by providing safe spaces in communities, mentorship and scholarships. Over time, she has been supported by numerous individuals to enable her vision of a society full of self sufficient individuals to  become a reality. She now works alongside her friend Mubuya Dennis a professional footballer and a farmer both in practice and at heart.
As a child, Dennis endeavored to study and was always among the top students even though he never had the opportunity to complete his education at Makerere University. His failure to complete his education due to lack of school fees developed empathy in him for children who had no access to education at all. He believes in the impact of education in society and is passionate about making it accessible to all children in Uganda especially for those with the most pressing need. He supports the vision of Avid as Executive Director, a responsibility he takes seriously in leading his team into actionable steps for measurable impact in the life of children in rural Uganda.


Take Anita for example. She got pregnant at 13 and was sent away from home for being an embarrassment. Since she had nowhere else to go, she got married. Even when at GirlBe we arranged a scholarship for her, she was advised by her family to remain married and even gave birth to her second child at the expense of her future. Teenage moms like Anita and Shadia have no fair chance of redefining their destiny.

It became clear that for GirlBe’s programs to achieve the desired long-term impact, the teenage moms needed to change the environment. They needed to get out of the communities that continue to undermine their rights as children to a safe stigma-free environment that would facilitate their healing process and enhance their concentration on education.

Overview of GirlBe Secondary School for Teenage Moms

GirlBe Secondary School for Teenage Moms is a school under construction in Central Uganda, Kayunga District. The school targets teenage moms aged between 13 and 19 years who completed and passed Primary education but are facing challenges going back to school either because of stigma or lack of support/ resources to continue with their education. The school has three main objectives;

  • Educating the mind,
  • Healing the heart and
  • Skilling the hands of teenage moms.

Our promise is that by the time a teenage mom leaves the school after completing senior 6, she should have the capacity to sustain herself and her child.

Mother and Child

At GirlBe Secondary School for Teenage Moms, we believe that separating the teenage mom from her child is one of the reasons why a lot of teenage moms fail to complete their education. It is therefore fundamental for our program to create a conducive learning environment that facilitates keeping the mother and her child together.

For the teenage moms to conveniently have uninterrupted education, we have already constructed the daycare where the teenage moms will leave their children as they go to class to study but will still have access to breastfeed in between class breaks. 

Problem Analysis

Nankya Shadia had a dream. She was in school just like other children with a dream to be a Lawyer. However, when she got pregnant at only 13 years of age, things changed! As a result, she dropped out of school due to stigma from her family and immediate community among other dramatic circumstances. For three years, Shadia felt lost. ‘’I don’t feel like a child anymore and I don’t feel like an adult either. I am at a place where I don’t know who I am and it’s scary.’’ She says.

In Uganda today, there are more than 300,000 girls like Shadia every year who are stuck with no place to call home and without hope for a second chance. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Uganda has the highest female school dropout rate in East Africa; and one of the main causes is teenage pregnancies and early marriages. Annually, many girls drop out of school due to pregnancy in Uganda with only one out of ten being able to go back to school to complete their education. According to research, the low rate of school enrollment of teenage moms is mainly due to stigma and discrimination.

Being a teenage mom in a typical secondary school in Uganda is a source of ridicule for such girls from fellow students and teachers alike. As a punishment, many others are forced to marry the men responsible for their pregnancies; others are sent away from home while others are subjected to domestic work instead of sending them back to school.


Implementation and Construction of the school facility


  • Through our scholarship scheme, we have selected 5 teenage moms and enrolled them in the neighbouring schools to continue their education
  • We provide daycare services for their children
  • We facilitate short term vocational workshops like hair-dressing where the teenage moms can earn quick income to help them in their everyday life
  • We facilitate healing workshops through dance and dialogue
  • In addition to school fees, daycare services and workshops in vocational and healing, we facilitate the teenage moms with, bicycles for easy transportation, school materials like books, pens, school bags and other items like pads, bras and underwear for them to conveniently study.
  • When the O’level classroom construction is completed, the school will first operate as a day school for the teenage moms in the neighbourhood
  • When we acquire funds for the full-fledged school facility, the program will be established as a boarding school for teenage moms from the entire central region


  • We have already secured 10 acres of land in central Uganda, Kayunga District
  • Constructed the daycare where the teenage moms leave their children as they attend the neighbouring schools for their education.
  • Constructed administration offices.
  • We are now fundraising for the construction of O’level classrooms for the teenage moms from the neighbouring community to attend day school.
  • As our support system develops, we will be able to establish our school as a full-fledged boarding facility for teenage moms starting from senior 1 to 6 to be able to run our activities as planned.

Kindly join us as we solicit for bricks, sand, cement, timber and iron sheets to construct O’level classroom for teenage moms to be able to study conveniently. Thank You!



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