PEER EDUCATION PROGRAM.
Peer Education in Uganda
In an effort to reduce the number of girls dropping out of schools, The Jane Goodall Institute– Uganda came up with program called Peer to Peer program. In this program we carry out workshops where we train girls and female teachers to become trainers in their schools and communities.
In these workshops the girls and the female teachers are taken through a three day program that trains them on the following topics:
1) Peer Education: this topic introduces the participants to, what peer education is, Importance of peer education, Qualities of a peer educator, strategies used in peer education.
2) Introduction to HIV/AIDS: in this session, definitions of HIV and AIDS are given, Ways in which HIV is transmitted and preventive measures.
3) Living with HIV/AIDS people: this topic includes things like co-factors of HIV/AIDS, Positive living/prevention, Stigma among people affected and infected with HIV: primary and secondary stigma and Voluntary counseling and testing in schools and communities.
4) Introduction to sexually transmitted diseases: What sexually transmitted diseases are; Means through which these diseases are transmitted, some of the common STD s we have in Uganda, signs and symptoms of the diseases and management of these diseases.
5) Adolescent growth and development: This topic introduces the girls to the changes that take place in their bodies. What changes they should expect to see; physical, social and what they will experience emotionally. Challenges faced by adolescents and how to handle them. How to manage menstruation and pregnancy in young people.
6) Life Planning Skills (LPS): in this topic we talk about what life planning skills are their importance in life and especially among girls, their categories and how to apply them as a weapon to prevent Reproductive Health risks.
The Jane Goodall Institute also equips the peer educators with materials that help them in their work. The major reason why children drop out of schools is lack of basic scholastic materials. Each participating school is facilitated with a kit that includes ten dozens of exercise books, ten boxes of pens, five dozens of pencils and ten packets of sanitary towels. These help in keeping the neediest pupils in schools.
- Since 2008, 330 participants have been trained. 110 of these are female women teachers and 220 pupils (girls) from 47 schools around chimpanzee habitats.
- Each peer educator managed to get at least more than ten pupils weekly on average confiding in them.
- The peer educators have been able to train approximately 2781 pupils, 154 teachers and at least 153 parents within and around their schools.
- A total of 47 Schools have been stocked with exercise books, pencils, pens and packets of sanitary towels twice every year.
- 473 pupils have been lured back to school.
- Some female teachers have also been able to train women in the villages close to their schools.