This is a prospective study of reproductive behavior and sexual health of adolescents in South Africa as well as their education and employment experiences, family and environmental conditions, and other factors in their lives that may influence their sexual behavior and choices. This report is designed to inform educators, policymakers, and the public in South Africa and beyond of the initial findings of the study, with the ultimate goal of helping to design and refine policies and programs that will improve opportunities and capacities of adolescents and may contribute to changing behaviors and choices. The report focuses on describing the context of adolescence, including education and employment experience, reproductive and sexual health knowledge and events, and the coverage of the school-based Life Skills Programme. Data available from this project, in combination with the second wave of findings, advance our understanding of adolescent lives and the risks and opportunities youth must navigate to a broader and more comprehensive understanding.
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