In-School Peer Education Activities
Peer Education Programme.
Peer education is a central component of Youth Care Projects programme. Youth Care
Project adopts peer education as an approach for helping young people adopt responsible behaviour.
Here, young people are
trained on reproductive Health and equipped to disseminate the information to their peers since they are more
comfortable talking with themselves.
This programme is for both
in - and out-of-school youths aimed at empowering them to address health and
development issues among themselves. The emphasis is on training Youth Peer Educators who in turn
train their peers. Through this programme, further awareness is created about the centre-based programmes and
activities so that more and more youth can participate and be able to access services available at the centers.
The project also built the capacity of young people in seven schools to become peer educators.
The process began in June with the mobilization and screening of potential PEs from the seven schools where the
teachers and PTAs were trained from.
Letters were written to the schools to request for interested students as PEs. The list was
collated by the trained teachers in the schools and submitted to the project. Over sixty students per school
indicated interest! It was an overwhelming experience. This was followed by a screening exercise which took
two months to complete (June and July). Six staff of the organization conducted the screening exercises in the schools.
A total of 120 students out of over 300 that indicated interest scaled through the screening
process. They were drawn from JSS 1-3 and SSS 1-3 classes and having met the following criteria: Intelligent,
friendly, loved by peers, eloquent, organized, active and lively, good mannered, acceptable by peers, teachable
The successful candidates were informed and the training for PEs was scheduled for September 19-24, 2004. They were
asked to inform their parents.
Youth Centre Programmes
Various activities were carried out at the youth centre. These included youth friendly services, health care
services for the community, health and family life information and recreational facilities.
Activities included, lectures, video film shows, discussion, counselling on adolescent issues
and general health issues, in and out door games.
The first set of activities that took place at the inception of the project were recreational
activities. The purpose was to draw the attention of the young people to the centre and create awareness about the
other activities they could benefit from. This strategy was very effective because they started coming to play
games (in-door and out door), socialize and read the newspapers.
Family life education (FLE)
FLE is one of the youth development activities put in place by the project. This is being
integrated into the recreational activities for the purpose of
engaging them in the acquisition of vital life skills needed to live a decent and fulfilling life. Topics taught
included Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health issues, Personal Skills, Interpersonal Relationships Planning
Our Families wisely, Consequences of Unplanned Family, Drug Abuse, Dating, etc.