Meet Rita Awuni, a 17-year-old orphan who returned to school after having her son, defying social stigma and stereotypes. In February, the new mother returned to school with her kid, Sampson Awuni, said Ghanaian photojournalist Senyuiedzorm Awusi Adadevoh on Facebook. By virtue of a school-arranged arrangement, Rita Awuni’s children are able to be breastfed or given a hot beverage during recess.
According to Awuni’s Facebook post, Awusi Adadevoh was struck by the sight of a teenage girl carrying her infant at school, which led her to Awuni.
”Rita Awuni, a teenage orphan, returned to school in February this year after giving birth to her son Sampson Awuni.
”Very taken by the sight, I asked her how she manages the child during school, and she tells me a most “amazing” thing, “Oh he goes to The KG side and I go to breastfeed or give him ‘koko’ at break time,” an arrangement her school put in place for her,” Awusi Adadevoh said She continued:
”… Rita who together with her son sleeps at the art center sells pure water after school for their upkeep. Rita could not hide her confusion of my fascination with her, to ease her up I said to her “you see, not long ago I had to put my child at my back to work just like this, but I am 40 years old” that made her smile and started talking to me and gladly stood for the photos.’