Victoria University is to host the Peer Educators Academy 2016 which will start in January 2016 at Victoria Towers plot 1-13 Jinja Road, Kampala, Uganda
The Peer Educators Academy is an initiative that was started in January 2014 by Reach A Hand, Uganda. The academy programme was established to equip young people with information and skills on Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights and other life skills to support their peers. Through this programme Reach A Hand believes peers will develop transferable work-related skills such as communication, advising, counseling and presentations skills, in addition to leadership and teamwork experience. These skills will help young people to make informed life choices.
How it works:
The Peer Education Academy is an eight months program focusing on a one month long intensive training of Peer Educators using a module based on SRHR information and life skills. At the end of the training, the trained Peer Educators will be distributed in different schools we work with and different organization and mentored for the next seven months.
Annually, 50 candidates are selected. They go through training by qualified facilitators for information on youth SRHR and thereafter pass on this information to their peers in school and different communities in an effort to create awareness on issues of youth sexual health, early pregnancies, making good life choices, gender and social roles amongst others.
Under this approach, behavior change starts with the peer educator. The changed peer educator then influences a positive change among a fellow youth in schools, mainly from the SRHR clubs. These school SRHR club members will adopt the promoted behavior/practice. After realizing the benefits of the new behavior or practice, they target their peers who in turn choose to change behavior.
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