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Not your ABCs, but the 7Bs

Monday 21 September 2020
Caroline, a Grade 10 pupil at the Amos Maphanga Secondary school in Etwatwa, Ekurhuleni, dreams of becoming an art director one day. As a 20-year-old single mother who is enrolled in Save the Children’s Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) project, her determination may yet propel her to success.
Caroline was 16 when her pregnancy compelled her to drop out of school in 2015.  “I dropped out of school because I didn’t want the pregnancy to obstruct my studies and be a bad influence on my peers,” she explains.
To ensure that she doesn’t make the same mistake – and to help young women make healthy choices – Caroline has joined our Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights project, which targets both in-school and out-of-school teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18.
The project aims to improve health outcomes by providing comprehensive reproductive health education and by increasing young people’s access to clinical and non-clinical health services.
“The project teaches teens to take care of themselves and to teach others how to be peer educators. Now I am in a position to advise others how to avoid pregnancy by focusing on their studies and following the 7 Bs: ‘Books Before Boys, Because Boys Bring Babies,” adds Caroline.


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