WATCH: 8-year old boy forced to drop out of school because of circumstances

Eight-year old Luyanda Khofu has been forced to drop out of school owing to his parents’ financial situation. His mother has been unemployed for the past five years and his father lost his job at the start of lockdown. Economic exclusion, exposure to violence and poor nutrition are few of the potential contextual challenges of growing up in poverty. Merle Mansfield, Programme Director of the Zero Dropout Campaign, speaks to eNCA reporter Mpho Lakaje about the factors pushing and pulling learners away from school.