This study aims to broaden the understanding of young lives in rural Ethiopia, specifically, Amhara Region. It finds that over half of the adolescents in the sample had never been to school. The most common reason for boys and girls not attending school was poverty, followed by early marriage for girls, and too many work responsibilities for boys. It finds that over half of the adolescents interviewed were illiterate. The study offers suggestions to address the programmatic needs of rural youth as well as neglected subgroups of adolescents.
Erulkar, Annabel, Tekle-Ab Mekbib, Negussie Simie, and Tsehai Gulema. 2004. "The experience of adolescence in rural Amhara Region, Ethiopia." Accra: Population Council.