Despite being a signatory of the Millennium Development Goals, Swaziland still struggles in achieving results related to social development outcomes. To address these barriers towards development, CEDPA designed the Towards a Better Future:
Improving Educational and Health Outcomes for Boys and Girls in Swaziland project as an extension to its long‐standing work in the region since 2007. With an overall goal of improving the educational and health outcomes of boys and girls, ages 10‐14 years, in Swaziland, the objectives of the project were outlined as the following:
1) Expand the life skills curriculum for boys and girls into four new schools and continue the program in two of the current pilot schools in Swaziland, targeting 420 boys and 300 girls aged, 10‐14 for a total of 720 youth.
2) Strengthen the technical and institutional capacity of the Manzini Youth Care (MYC) and the Ministry of Education and Training to implement youth life skills programs in Swaziland.
3) Enhance community support by engaging parents, teachers and community members through existing School Governing Committees in Swaziland.