Learning Brief: School Dropout Prevention Strategies

The role of psychosocial support in nurturing wellbeing and building resilience among high-risk learners

The Zero Dropout Campaign partners with four implementing agents operating in the Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.

Research shows that school dropout is the culmination of a long process of disengagement requiring a number of simultaneous responses tailored to the individual learner.

One of the factors that can lead to disengagement and may eventually trigger a learner’s decision to drop out is a lack of psychosocial support.

Since under-resourced schools cannot afford to pay a dedicated counsellor or psychologist, a number of non-profit organisations have stepped in to fill the gap.

We are sharing our research and experiences with the broader NPO community so that more organisations can learn from our case studies.

We have put together a Learning Brief that explores the role of psychosocial support in nurturing wellbeing and building resilience in high-risk learners.

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