Teenage pregnancy continues to be one of the major challenges in South Africa with about 71 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19.
South Africa Demographic and Health Survey 2016 Key Indicators Report indicates that this is due to many factors, including lack of use of contraceptives, poor decision making, lack of knowledge about pregnancies,lack of access to sexual and reproductive health education and services.
Often many reports on teenage pregnancy focus only on the negative side of it. Teenage pregenancy does have negative effects on teenagers, however, there are many Successful young parents who continued striving for success despite being challenged as teenage parents :
Despite giving birth at 19 to twin boys, A 24-year-old never gave up on her studies she continued working hard, spend sleepless nights to better her future, and all that paid off because today she’s a qualified Journalist, working two jobs:
Being pregnant as a teenager often comes with many effects and risks, not only education interruption however, a teenager can give birth to premature baby,maternal matertality and there can also be health risks.
despite all the challenges involved, teenage parents can still strive for success like many successful people who were once teenage parents such as Solange Knowles who become a mother at the age of 18 but now she’s a successful singer, songwriter, dance, model and actress.
The Prolific rapper Lil Wayne had his first child when he was only 15, however today he’s one of the most successful hip hop recording artist and rapper in the world.
There are also many people who successeded in life despite being teenage parents.