Developing an Education Sector Response to Early and Unintended Pregnancy
Being pregnant and having a child are major life events. For an adolescent girls (aged 10–19 years old), experiencing these events while still at school often means facing harsh social sanctions and difficult choices that have life-long consequences. It could mean expulsion from home and school; being shamed and stigmatized by family, community members and peers; increased vulnerability to violence and abuse, or greater poverty and economic hardship. This discussion paper focuses on the implications that a lack of education, or truncated education opportunities, can have on a girl’s future.