NPET stands for National Peer Education and Training. This standing committee is responsible for the peer education and training of MMSA.
Peer education, or peer-ed, is a way of sharing information and values in a comfortable, informal environment, where questions are answered and misconceptions are erased. Peer educators go to schools, youth centres and anywhere they are needed to conduct sessions on anti-tobacco awareness, substance abuse awareness, human rights, eating disorders, mental health, reproductive health and many more topics that are not properly covered in schools. Our peers always seem to react well to the sessions, in which they feel free to ask those stupid questions that you would be shy or unable to ask your teacher. The sessions are delivered in as fun and memorable a way possible by using different media, including games and props. The NPETstanding committee is also responsible for training individuals so that they will have the tools required to deliver peer-ed sessions. This training, which takes place annually during the NPET weekend, is aimed at bettering presentation and public speaking skills and arming the future peer educators with all that is necessary to give effective and enjoyable sessions.
It is important that we give our peers the opportunity to make the right decisions and choices, and peer education is one of the best ways of ensuring this happens.
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National Peer Education Training Co-ordinator ‘11-’12