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date: 26 July 2021

Effective Approaches to Reducing Unintended Pregnancy and Improving Girls’ Educationlocked

Effective Approaches to Reducing Unintended Pregnancy and Improving Girls’ Educationlocked

  • Eleanor Alvira HendricksEleanor Alvira HendricksUniversity of Fort Hare

Summary

This article explores the most effective approaches to reducing unintended pregnancies and improving girls’ education. Unintended adolescent pregnancies have gained substantial media attention across the globe over the past 20 years as the number of pregnant girls has increased annually. Multiple approaches have been implemented in attempt to reduce unintended adolescent pregnancies, such as sex education, the provision of contraceptives by the Department of Health, and addressing the role of young men, which are deemed to be the most commonly used approaches in South African schools. Study findings reveal that the most effective approaches to reducing adolescent pregnancies are sex education, access to contraceptives, peer education programs, and life skills training.

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  • Education, Gender, and Sexualities

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