Learning Brief: Breaking the cycle – teenage pregnancy and school dropout

Although rates of teenage pregnancy in South Africa have been steadily declining, adolescent girls are still more likely to become pregnant in South Africa than in most low- and middle-income countries. Early and unintended pregnancy can severely disrupt a young person’s chances of completing school with a matric certificate. There is a mutually reinforcing relationship between pregnancy and dropout: girls who become pregnant are more likely to drop out, and those who leave school are more likely to become pregnant. In this learning brief the Zero-Dropout Campaign unpacks the relationship between pregnancy and dropout and suggests practical interventions for schools.

To read this learning brief, download a pdf here or read it magazine-style on ISSUU here. Download the full Hands-on Learning publication (Issue 21) here as a pdf.