The Birth to Thirty (Bt30) study in Soweto is Africa’s largest and longest-running birth cohort study. It is colloquially nicknamed “Mandela’s Children”, given that the study started with children born just after Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The study intends to keep working with and tracking these families whose lives span South Africa’s democratic transition. The study’s first data collection round in 1989/1990 asked the still-pregnant mothers about the conditions of their pregnancy. Data was collected at birth and six months and on a yearly basis from the families, an enormous feat over 32-plus years.
This seminar was the second in a series of seven, sharing the research findings and lessons from this remarkable cohort study.
The first five years of life are the fastest period of growth and development. This webinar covered the early life of Bt30 participants, including their home environment, their early learning and the factors that influenced their development.