Teen Mum In Guinea Gives Birth During Exam, Returns To Finish The Exam
Nothing - not even childbirth - deterred teen mum Fatoumata Kourouma Conde from completing her exam. This was an exam for which she had spent the past year preparing. The 18-year-old is from the town of Mamou in eastern Guinea. She realised she was just about to give birth as she sat down for the physics part of her baccalaureate. The baccalaureate is a high-school diploma that entails exams in a range of subjects.
She was rushed to the local hospital, where within 10 minutes she swiftly delivered a baby boy. Just 40 minutes after leaving the examination room, she was back at her desk. This action stunned her family who had rushed to the clinic, as well as the invigilators.
The local media recounted her very brave story over and over. The head of the exam centre, Mohamed Diakite, also confirmed it.
Conde told AFP that she had told no-one, including her husband, that childbirth was imminent. She said it was "out of fear that they would ask me to stay at home or go and see my doctor.
"I just couldn't bring myself to imagine missing a single exam for my baccalaureate. It's an exam which I have been studying for the whole year," she said.
"Everyone in Mamou is congratulating them, and we are praying to God that Fatoumata gets her baccalaureate." said the relative, expressing the hope that the Couple names the baby Espoir, meaning "Hope" in French.
Teen Births In Africa
According to Wikipedia, Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the world — 143 per 1,000 girls aged 15–19 years. Women in Africa, in general, get married at much earlier ages than women elsewhere — leading to earlier pregnancies. In Nigeria, according to the Health and Demographic Survey in 1992, 47% of women aged 20–24 married before 15. And 87% married before 18. 53% of those surveyed also had given birth to a child before the age of 18. Teenage birth rates in African countries (2002) According to data from World Bank, as of 2015, the highest incidence of births among 15-19 years old girls was in: Niger, Mali, Angola, Guinea and Mozambique.
A Save the Children report identified 10 countries where motherhood carried the most risks for young women and their babies. Of these, 9 were in sub-Saharan Africa, and Niger, Liberia, and Mali were the nations where girls were the most at-risk. In the 10 highest-risk nations, more than one in six teenage girls between the ages of 15 to 19 gave birth annually, and nearly one in seven babies born to these teenagers died before the age of one year.
Early marriage and teenage pregnancy are significant factors that affect the education of the girl child in Africa. Girls like teen mum Fatoumata who are very ambitious are rare. They are a burst of fresh air in the face of alarming statistics. We also wish her the very best with her baccalaureate.
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