Out-of-School Peer Education Activities

During the month of August 2004, Youth Care Projects mobilized youths –out-of school from fifteen communities namely: Oke Irun, Isale Irun, Ogbagi, Arigidi/Iye, Okeagbe, Ikaram, Erusu, Gedegede, Ajowa, Ese, Afin, Agbaluku, Imo, Oyin, Oge, to be trained as peer educators in the community.

They were mobilised through Ward Councilors in their communities. The screening exercise took two weeks and a total of 74 young people from the communities were selected.

They were divided into two sets of 37 each for a 5-day training which took place at the youth development center. (See appendix … for list of participants ).

  • Overview/Status of adolescent reproductive health in Nigeria
  • Adolescent sexual behaviour
  • Basic Anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive system
  • Values and Values clarification
  • Menstruation and conception
  • Communication skills
  • Counseling and its techniques
  • Personal skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Team Building
  • Negotiation skills
  • Assertiveness skill
  • Self esteem
  • Goal Setting and decision making
  • Overview of Peer education and role of peer educators
  • Strategies for mobilising peers
  • Report writing
  • Development of action plan
  • Outreach Activities

The first year of the project focused on building the capacity of groups, health care providers, PHEs, Teachers and PTA members to effectively carry outreach activities in the community.

Outreach activities aimed at reaching both adults and youths in the community with information on health and Family life were organized during the period under review. They included awareness creation with:

  • Religious bodies
  • Arigidi Students Union to sensitise them on the project and its act
  • NURTW (National Union of Road Transport Workers)
  • Black smith Association
  • Tailors Association
  • Over 1,785 people (young and adults) were reached