UNICEF - Participatory Research with Adolescents to Unpack How Decisions are Made Whether to Stay in School in Zambia

REPORT HIGHLIGHT: August 2019

Commissioned by UNICEF Zambia, Samuel Hall conducted a highly qualitative study on ‘how decisions are made on whether or not adolescents (age 10-19) complete their schooling in Zambia’. With fieldwork in eight districts across the country – namely, Lusaka, Rufunsa, Katete, Petauke, Luwingu, Lunga, Mufulira, and Senanga – the study provides an understanding of the decision-making process around school retention/drop-out. It also investigates the interplay between diverse factors and actors, and identifies the key components influencing schooling decisions. The research culminated in rigorous analysis of decisions-making processes and individual journeys of school drop-out/retention in Zambia as well as recommendations to enable implementing actors to develop youth-supportive and evidence-based (education) interventions in the future.

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