The teen pregnancy rate in the United States is on the decline. From to , the rate has fallen from Education, improved birth control and teens choosing to abstain have contributed to this success. However, pregnancy remains the number one reason girls drop out of high school. Thirty percent of female dropouts say pregnancy is the reason.
The School’s Role in Sex Education and Preventing Teenage Pregnancy
The School’s Role in Sex Education and Preventing Teenage Pregnancy - The Edvocate
Spencer  defines teenage pregnancy as pregnancy occurring in a young girl between the age of 13 and 19, whereas Macleod  defines it as a social problem in which adult practices and functions sexual intercourse, reproduction, mothering are displayed by a person who, owing to her age and developmental status, is not-yet-adult, that is, adult, but not adult, child, but not child. Pregnancies are a result of sexual activities either voluntary or not. One of the most traumatic and devastating effects on teenage pregnancy is making it difficult for the girl to continue with her education. In Namibia, more than 46, teenagers were pregnant in which translates into about girls every day a United Nations report revealed. When the statistics were compiled, there were , teenage girls in Namibia aged between 15 and
As an educator, you play a key role in helping to empower adolescents and reduce teen pregnancy. We can help. Teen pregnancy affects families and communities and makes it harder for young people to become healthy and productive adults. While there is controversy surrounding some areas of reproductive health, there is almost unanimous recognition that teen pregnancy is an important issue.
When social worker Beth Creech learns that a girl is pregnant at one of the Hillsborough, North Carolina, schools where she works, she quickly connects that student with a countywide social group where she can meet pregnant peers. That way, the girl can attend lectures on budgeting, get advice on avoiding a second pregnancy, or just visit an amusement park. Fun field trips are probably not what most schools turn to when faced with a student's pregnancy, but most schools have no one like Creech.