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A missiological approach to the involvement of the church in handling school dropouts in South Africa

Kasebwe T. Kabongo
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 40, No 1 | a2036 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v40i1.2036 | © 2019 Kasebwe T. Kabongo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 July 2019 | Published: 07 November 2019

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Kasebwe T. Kabongo, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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School dropout negatively affects many children living in poor communities of South Africa. Those who drop out of school are usually blamed by people around them for leaving school. However, this article stresses that school dropout can be caused by many factors that are beyond the control of an individual who dropped out. The article is written from the perspective of a person who longs to see the church as a tangible Good News agent in society. He dropped out of school twice in his life, and he is using that painful experience as an experiential learning to connect with school dropouts. He uses the transdisciplinary research method, which deals with the missional and tangible involvement of the church in real issues such as school dropouts to help minimise the scenario of school dropouts. The article stresses that the church can play a prophetic role by educating ordinary people about the causes of school dropouts and proactively help in minimising the same.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article is located in the field of missiology. It uses the transdisciplinary approach that brings together the disciplines of theology, social work, psychology, public health, education and practitioners, with the aim of finding concrete pathways to minimise school dropouts.


church involvement; experiential learning; InnerCHANGE; school dropout; transdisciplinary


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