WATCH: Understanding the contextual factors that lead to disengagement and dropout

Merle Mansfield, Programme Director of the Zero Dropout Campaign, unpacks the state of education in South Africa and elaborates on South Africa’s high dropout rate. She explains that dropout comes at the end of a long process of disengagement in which a learner is pushed or pulled away from school by factors beyond their control.

The Zero Dropout Campaign’s latest report, titled ‘School Dropout: Context Counts’, draws on qualitative case study data to make the everyday lives of learners, and the many barriers they are up against, visible. “Understanding the contextual factors that drive disengagement and dropout will allow us to design dropout prevention and support programmes that respond to the real needs and experiences of learners,” says Mansfield.

You can download the report here: