Peer education is a process through which well trained and motivated young people educate peers, meaning those similar to themselves in age group. Such education takes on a non formal style such that it creates an environment in which those learning feel comfortable to ask questions or discuss issues which they may not be comfortable discussing with their teacher or back at home. The aim therefore, is to develop young people’s knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and skills and to enable them to be responsible for their own health.
One of SCORA’s main projects (in liaison with NPET) is in fact to reach youth through Peer education sessions. These sessions have a foundation of evidence, respect, equality, dignity and freedom of thought and expression. Our aim is not to impose on the students, but rather to equip them with the self-assertion needed to make responsible choices in life. Our syllabus broadly aims to give a comprehensive grasp of the concept as a whole, covering the following topics:
Sexual Health Syllabus (1hr 30mins)
Brief description of the male and female anatomy and changes during Puberty – physically and emotionally
Why is it important to have safe sex?
- Definition of STDs/STIs
- Discussion of each STD using pictures of what they can cause
Different methods of contraception
- ABCD of safe sex
- Description of different forms of contraception and ethical issues pertaining to each (including rhythm method, coitus interruptus, male and female condom, diaphragm, IUD coil, The Pill and Implants, The Morning after Pill, vasectomy)
- Proper Condom Use
Distinguishing between Sexual Identity and Sexual Orientation and also Gender Identity
Infertility, and a brief description of IVF and Embryo Freezing
Breast / Testicular Examinations
- Risk Factors and Reducing risks of breast cancer
Gynaecological consultation – Why? When? What happens?
Activities with the students –
- Sex bingo
- Ask questions
- Hand out leaflets/bookmarks
- Get students’ feedback
For More Information contact Nadia Shamala on firstname.lastname@example.org
or Keith Pace on email@example.com
SCORA-NPET Liaison Officer ’11-’12