236 pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2012
This book is the result of a five-year collaborative research project involving the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and Erasmus University in The Netherlands. Quantitative and qualitative research was conducted in secondary schools in Durban and Cape Town. The book explores how teachers and principals respond to the presence of pregnant learners and young parents in school, surveys the attitudes of fellow learners and presents the experiences and struggles of the young parents themselves.
"This book steps beyond our oft-repeated concerns about teenage pregnancy by presenting a gender analysis of the meaning of parenthood for young parents, and the responses of the educational system and stakeholders to teenage fertility and child-rearing. It is essential reading for those seeking to understand this critical area of health and education policy and practice." Rachel Jewkes, Director of the Gender & Health Unit, Medical Research Council.