Why Pregnant Girls Often Get Dropped Out from School?

I don't know if it happens in other countries too. In my country, Indonesia, when a school girl being found out pregnant, she'll be dropped out of school. I ask to a lot of people and they think that's kind of aticipation to prevent more girls getting pregnant at school age. For me, it's tragic. Women is a key of civilization headway. A mother should be well educated, so they can create a great generation. If the mother gets dropped out, how will she do that? I'm here to hear your opinion before I go further to make some acts.


Fish S.

January 22, 2018

Rosalinda -- that's a super important question. I'm not sure why it happens, but you're right that it's a big problem. Sounds like the time is right for someone to stand up and advocate for keeping young women in school when they become pregnant -- and creating school programs to support expectant or new mothers.

In terms of why it might happen, the school may feel that it does not have the resources to support new mothers -- offering daycare, parenting classes, etc. Or it may be an attempt to punish and stigmatize these women, which is unfair.
Mahika H.

January 29, 2018

Hi Rosalinda! I think this is a great question you have posed. I run AYANA International and our mission is using design thinking & the human centered design process...it all starts with the inspiration and asking that key question: *why* is it happening? I completely agree with what you're saying. Empowered and educated women are the key to solving poverty...and child marriage, early pregnancy, and cultural barriers are some of the main things that keep girls out of school. I think if you'd like to move forward on solving this issue you can start by talking both to school administrators and to pregnant young women who have been forced to drop out, and start to think of ways to solve this problem. https://www.designkit.org is a great resource for finding methods to accomplish effective problem-solving!
Adrian B.

January 30, 2018

That's a great place to start! :) Thanks for the analysis here!
Seun O.

December 10, 2019

Hi Rosalinda, I live in Nigeria and this is a big issue here too. In fact, the injustice I aim to solve with my Peace First project is closely related to this. Over here, there is a very high rate of social stigma for pregnant teenage girls which forces them to go into 'hiding', pending the period until they are delivered of the baby. In other cases, these teenage girls in my community are from very poor homes. So, when any of them gets pregnant, they are forced by their guardians to discontinue their education, while they go on to look for a means of livelihood for themselves and the unborn baby. A lot of them hardly go back to school after that. It would be great to share the ways you plan on proferring solutions to the problem if you don't mind.