Education: Teenage Pregnancy

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 1 June 2023.

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Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to embed support and advocacy for pregnant girls and teenage mothers into the UK’s global education priorities.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

The FCDO is committed to addressing barriers to education. Through the UK-led Girls' Education Challenge (GEC), over 64,000 girls excluded from school due to becoming mothers are now in education. In 2022, the GEC conducted research with pregnant girls and adolescent mothers and then published the findings, setting out how to support them to thrive in school. This includes listening to the girls, reducing financial barriers to education, strengthening systems to support these girls to complete their education and ensuring policies actively encourage their participation. In this way we can ensure these girls can continue to receive a quality education.

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