We're working with communities in Zambia to help address the issue of students leaving school early. To find out how to improve this situation, we're working with the communities to find out the key issues students face when they decide to stop going to school.
To kick things off a meeting was held with five career guidance teachers from secondary schools in Feira day, Kapoche, Luangwa, Mwavi, Kaugna. We wanted to find out how many students were dropping out of school, and the reasons why this was happening.
Why are students dropping out of school in Zambia?
The results showed that between all 5 of the schools interviewed, 26 pupils had dropped out of education during the year. Of the 26 students, 15 were girls and 11 were boys.
The reasons for dropping out varied between early marriages and pregnancies, to a lack of school support from parents or guardians. A lack of interest in education was also a key reason for students to leave school, particularly for boys.
How can we re-engage students in education?
A project is now in place to encourage students that have dropped out of school, to return to education in the hope of securing them a brighter future.
To achieve this, the LCDA is working with teachers, parents, traditional leaders and the children themselves, to ensure that the children who’d entered into early marriages are withdrawn from the marriages and taken back to school to continue their learning.
The students who left school due to pregnancy, will be encouraged to return to their studies after they’ve given birth to their child.
For the students with limited support, they’ll be considered scholarships during 2017.
Thank you for supporting education
Thanks to the support of kind Kiwis, school leavers are returning to education and securing a brighter future for themselves.