On this video we look at Young People, Education and Crime, Gender based violence & Substance Abuse. Meet Sandy a social worker from Phumelela Projects who works with children with the law. -
"Not that we don't have dreams as young people. We do have dreams but we are discouraged by the poor access to youth programme funds. The responses are not welcoming; they willl say we need some capital before we can even be considered for additional funding and we do not have this. So we will go to crime." - Young person, aged 21
Criminal involvement and low educational attainment among young people are two social problems with common roots and overlapping features. Not much is known about how these two problems are interrelated. Criminal involvement may causally influence educational attainment, and vice versa. At the same time, criminal involvement and educational attainment outcomes can both be driven by multiple, potentially overlapping, observed and unobserved factors, such as behavioral and socio-economic characteristics.
As a consequence, it is unclear whether policy measures that aim to reduce crime among young people affect their educational attainment as well, and whether interventions that positively affect education have a
spillover effect on youth crime. This dissertation sheds light on these aspects and provides insights into how education and youth crime are related.
To learn more, check out this video about Youth & Crime in Eswatini.