Photograph — Human Rights Watch

The World Bank has delayed its decision to grant the government of Tanzania a $500 million educational loan, following pressure from human activists who opposed the country’s current ban of education for pregnant schoolgirls and adolescent mothers.

According to CNN, the executive board of the bank fixed a meeting for January 28, 2020, to finalize the loan, however, the meeting was rescheduled after the financial institution had an impromptu meeting with Tanzanian activist and international human rights organizations.

Although there is no reason stated for the cancellation of the grant appointment, It is believed the outcome of the meeting amongst the 3 parties led to the delay in processing the loan.

The proposed loan makes provisions for alternative education for pregnant girls and young mothers as opposed to regular education, but human rights activists are demanding that the draconian law against the young girls be cancelled.   

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