Teenage Pregnancy and Education in the Global South: The Case of Mozambique

Francesca Salvi

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Teenage pregnancy is seen as a problem by researchers and policy makers alike all over the world, but particularly so in the context of developing countries. Here, it is seen as an obstacle to personal and national development, exacerbating the gender gap in education, and placing an additional financial burden on low income families. This book considers the opposition between pregnancy and parenthood on the one hand, and education on the other, using the specific case of in-school pregnancy in Mozambique.

Drawing on the voices of young people, their families and their teachers, this book aims to build an understanding of how individuals and communities react to in-school pregnancy policies. The result is a critical challenge of current policy guidelines that indicate pregnant school-girls should be transferred to night courses, initially set up to boost adult literacy. The book also demonstrates that young people operate within a range of constantly shifting and interweaving normative frameworks, and that a nuanced understanding of their agency can only be achieved by synthesising their individual perceptions with an understanding of the social, cultural and historical contexts in which they operate.

Concluding by stepping outside of the Mozambique case, this book aims to appeal to scholars and policy makers looking at development, gender, and education within Mozambique, but also within the Global South more generally.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages168
ISBN (Electronic)9781351124768
ISBN (Print)9780815357285
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge ISS Gender, Sexuality and Development Studies


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