Why Kids Drop Out of School
In 2001, Abigail Bachopi, the Founder and Director of Family of Hope Services (FHS), along with Jeniphar Gatsi Mallet, obtained funding from the World Bank to study the underlying reasons why so many orphans and vulnerable kids weren’t in school. They soon discovered that there were many reasons.
“You need to remember that lots of people here are caregivers to children that have been orphaned or who are vulnerable because their guardians are sick or have died. You end up with poor people already burdened with huge survival issues, caring for relatives, or younger siblings, or the children of friends,” says Abigail. “There is often no money to feed these children decent meals, let alone send them to school. Sometimes kids even need to work to provide money for the household. It is complex and we knew we had to find a way to change things for these kids,” says Abigail.
The general findings of the study concluded that many orphans and vulnerable children drop out of school because:
- Their caregivers do not have money to purchase school supplies, uniforms and shoes.
- Their caregivers do not have money for basic hygiene items and the kids are embarrassed.
- They start school first when they’re older and don’t fit in.
- Their caregivers are illiterate and can’t give them educational support.
- Their caregivers are elderly or ill relatives.
- They need to work to contribute to the household income.