Human Sciences Research Council | Evaluating a Walking School Bus as a School-Related Gender-Based Violence Intervention
The journey between home and school has attracted considerable media attention in South Africa. In KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), a largely rural province where this proposed work will be conducted, learners continue to walk long distances to school. The school journey is potentially dangerous since learners must navigate treacherous terrain and inclement weather as well as risk being kidnapped, physically attacked, mugged, and/or sexually abused. This long journey means children also arrive late at their classrooms and are unable to focus, potentially impacting their academic outcomes. The proposed mixed methods study with early adolescents in grades 5-7 (approximately 10-14 years old) will be conducted in three public primary schools, in three separate but matched communities in KZN, South Africa.