Re-writing Stories of Child Early and Forced Marriages through Vocational and Entrepreneurship Skills: Experience from the “Girls Inspire Project” in Tanzania

  • Godfrey Magoti Mnubi Institute of Adult Education

Abstract

This paper highlights experiences of young mothers, victims of child, early and forced marriages (CEFM) as pertaining to their basic rights, social wellbeing and sustainable livelihood four years after their participation in the Girls Inspire project. CEFM is still a critical issue in Tanzania and one of the obstacles toward girls’ and women’s empowerment. Data was collected from six districts in the regions of Dodoma, Rukwa and Lindi between 2016-2018 through the use of questionnaires for a random sample of 367 as well as in-depth interviews with 34 young mothers between 13 to 19 years old who were purposively selected. Other data was generated from the use of focus group discussions for a non-random sample of 137 young mothers. The findings show how the provision of alternative learning through ODL, coupled with skills development in areas of vocation and entrepreneurship can help vulnerable girls and young women  be involved in shaping decisions  that affect their lives as well as enhance their well-being, employability and sustainable livelihoods.

Keywords: Child marriages, teenage pregnancies, gender equality and sustainable livelihood.

Author Biography

Godfrey Magoti Mnubi, Institute of Adult Education

Dr. Godfrey Magoti Mnubi, is currently a lecturer at the Institute of Adult Education. He earned his doctorate degree in Educational Foundations and Research from the University of North Dakota-USA, Masters’ degree in Global Justice and Social Responsibility from Saint Cloud State University, Minnesota-USA and Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from Mzumbe University-Tanzania.

Previously he held a position as the National Programme Officer for Education Sector at the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-Dar es Salaam.

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Published
2020-07-20
How to Cite
Mnubi, G. M. (2020). Re-writing Stories of Child Early and Forced Marriages through Vocational and Entrepreneurship Skills: Experience from the “Girls Inspire Project” in Tanzania. Journal of Learning for Development , 7(2), 246-260. Retrieved from https://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/368
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Case Studies