The Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), acquired by Plan in 2012, was awarded a two-year grant by ExxonMobil to strengthen the Better Life Options Project in Nigeria. This project was a follow-up to the ExxonMobil Foundation grant for the pilot phase,which was designed to improve the education, health, and quality of life of Nigerian youth in Akwa Ibom State.
The follow-up project aimed to create a sustainable Better Life Options program to reach girls and boys at educational risk and encourage them to return to formal or vocational school. The project objectives were to:
- Increase the capacity of existing partners to implement the Better Life Options program;
- Ensure more effective linkages with the formal school system in Akwa Ibom State; and
- Document and communicate the contributions of the Better Life Options Program.
The main activities for the two-year follow-up project continued to empower young girls and boys (between the ages of 10–19 years) in the four target local government areas of Akwa Ibom State, to envision and attain a better future. The Better Life Options and Opportunities Model and the Choose a Future! (CAF!) Manual improved the knowledge, life skills, and gender awareness of participating youth and prepared them to make healthy and productive choices regarding their education, reproductive health, and civic participation within an enabling environment and supportive community.
This report presents the results of the Better Life Options project based on several assessments undertaken throughout the program.