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Siyakha Nentsha: Enhancing the Health, Economic and Social Capabilities of Highly Vulnerable Young People, 2008-2011

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SN: 7006
Title: Siyakha Nentsha: Enhancing the Health, Economic and Social Capabilities of Highly Vulnerable Young People, 2008-2011
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7006-1
Depositor: Population Council
Principal investigator(s): Population Council
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: RES-183-25-0010
Other acknowledgements: Sponsorship was also provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB), British Academy, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Commission of the European Communities, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Department for Education and Employment, Department for Transport, Department of Customs and Excise (South Africa) and the Department of Economic Development (Northern Ireland).


The citation for this study is:

Population Council. (2012). Siyakha Nentsha: Enhancing the Health, Economic and Social Capabilities of Highly Vulnerable Young People, 2008-2011. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 7006,

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Subject Categories

General - Health
Social and occupational mobility - Social stratification and groupings
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture
Youth - Social stratification and groupings


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Siyakha Nentsha (SN) was a randomised experiment that targets young people in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. The program addressed the real-life economic, social and health challenges young people encounter on a daily basis. The educational programme developed for the intervention was accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA, the national government body that accredits education and training curricula) meaning that not only will young people who complete the program have received valuable skills, but that they have documentation of these skills that can be used in future job searches. Siyakha Nentsha was delivered in secondary schools during school hours. It was led by young adult mentors who were chosen from the local community and received extensive training. Sessions with students occurred 2-3 times per week and each was approximately one hour in length. The long-term objective of the programme is to improve lifelong functional capabilities and well-being of adolescent females and males who face high risks for HIV, teenage pregnancy, school dropout, and unemployment, coupled with the actual or potential loss of one or both parents. The skills are geared to help offer protective strategies against HIV and mechanisms for coping with and mitigating the impacts of AIDS, with the long-term goal of building economic, social and health assets.

The study has three intervention arms: control, partial intervention and full intervention. These arms were randomised at the classroom level for 10th and 11th graders in Round 1 in seven secondary schools. One school that received a delayed intervention served as the control sample. The two versions of the intervention differ in that the full version includes HIV/AIDS education, social capital building, and financial capabilities, whereas the partial version omits the financial capabilities component. The study began in January 2008 and lasted for 36 months, with measures on individual students at baseline and post-intervention. The number of individuals who were part of at least Round 1 or Round 2 is 1,307. Individuals can be uniquely identified with the variables qnum (round 1) and IDNUM (round 2).

Further information may be found on the ESRC Enhancing the economic, health and social capabilities of highly vulnerable youth award webpage.

Main Topics:
The surveys covered: demographic information; background and living conditions; household and personal assets; education, work and time use; life skills education; social capital; financial and economic skills; expectations and attitudes; HIV/AIDS and sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs); relationships, sexual experience and knowledge; reproductive health; maternity; paternity.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 01 January 2008 - 01 December 2011
Country: South Africa
Geography: KwaZulu-Natal
Spatial units: District Council Areas
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: Subnational
Learners in 10th and 11th graders in Round 1 in seven secondary schools, in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, between 2008 and 2011.
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 1,307
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: No weighting used

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 12 July 2012
Copyright: Copyright Population Council
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
Siyakha Nentsha Round One Survey 7006_08apr08finlit_survey_a4_final_photo_r1.pdf 1152
Siyakha Nentsha Round Two Survey 7006_091023_finlit_rd2_survey_final2_r2.pdf 1810
Siyakha Nentsha Zulu Consent For Guardians 7006_final_zulu_consent_for_guardians.pdf 134
Siyakha Nentsha Zulu Consent For Learners 7006_final_zulu_consent_for_learners.pdf 282
Siyakha Nentsha Key Findings 7006_siyakhanentshacele5nearfinalupdated.pdf 1223
Siyakha Nentsha Project Summary 7006_siyakha_nentsha_project_30dec09.pdf 342
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7006_Information.htm 20
READ File read7006.htm 10


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