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Peer Training Club

Peer Training Club

The English term “peer” refers to one that is of equal standing with another; especially based on age, grade or status. In modern times, the term has come to mean fellow, equal, like, or co-equal. Peer Training is often used to effect change at the individual level by attempting to modify a person's knowledge, attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. Students often find it difficult to obtain clear and correct information on issues that concern them such as sex, sexuality, substance use, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS. Peer Training is an effective way of dealing with these issues because it is a dialogue between equals. Peer Training in Modern School typically involves the students of classes S-6 and S-7 as Peer Trainers to effect change among junior students. Students are encouraged to ask questions on subjects related to teenage problems and are able to discuss without the fear of being judged and labeled. They can discuss issues that are difficult to discuss with an adult and gain insights through mutual sharing of experiences, knowledge and information.

The Peer Training Club was created to spread messages which would enhance the holistic development of students. Peer trainers are an integral part of the Wellness Centre of the school. Peer trainers/Educators are seen as students who have received special training to be able to help their peers help themselves.

The main activities of the club include holding workshops and awareness classes regularly on issues like Drug Awareness, Life Skills, Anger Management, HIV/AIDS. It aims at bringing about a major change for the betterment of the students.

Achievements - During the academic year 2007-2008, the Peer Training Club had successfully organized the following workshops:

Preventing Substance abuse and Dependence

hereIntroduction and rationale:

We aim at spreading awareness amongst peers and to address as well as eliminate common myths on the issue of substance abuse and dependence. Our paramount objective is to make our school a ‘drug free zone’ we are doings so by imparting knowledge on drugs and the consequences of taking drugs. We do so by inculcating the 10 Life Skills.

Program

hereDevelopment:

Training initiated through Mr. Amit Chopra, NARCONON facilitator during 2006 Training through UNODC, Project G-86 These Training Programs have continued on in the current year, 2007

Details: 4 core students were trained by NARCONON and rest were trained as per UNODC module

hereImplementation:

3-Step method on conducting drug awareness amongst VIII standard:

Peer trainers were divided into groups to conduct Life Skill modules to VIII standard students. 8 sessions were held for 8 sections comprising 40-45 students each. Discussions were held regarding the level of awareness, FAQs and in the end Booklets titled “10 things your friends may not know about drugs” were issued to each student.

A skit was put up by the 11th standard peer trainers in order to create awareness through a lighter manner.

Feed back Forms were given so that each student could fill in his/her individual response to the program (sample included)

hereParenting Seminar:

The parenting seminar had a stronghold of 200 parents. As a part of the program the drug awareness module was showcased.
Conflict Resolution was done to internalize the message.
Life skills were addressed to the parents. It was shown that they can be internalized for effective parenting.
Pre and Post assessment of the seminar and general parenting issues.

hereAnnual Survey:

The annual survey on the impact of peer trainers was conducted at an international level.

hereMonitoring and Maintenance:

Regular sessions and workshops have been held to conduct awareness and peer education regarding drug awareness.

hereEffectiveness & Limitation:

Conducting surveys through questionnaires, taking out statistical findings and assess positive learnings and limitations

Sexual Health and Gender Issues

Introduction and Rationale:

We aim at spreading awareness concerning the need of sex education, to understand the changes in our body and feelings as we grow, to equip ourselves with life skills which would help prevent teenage pregnancies, child abuse and gender bias. We aim at spreading HIV/AIDS awareness by celebrating HIV/AIDS awareness day and spreading awareness about reproductive health and preventing STI’s

Program

hereDevelopment:

Training Procedures by the school facilitators as per AEP module Aids used by the IDEOSYNC media

Implementation:

hereInteractive session with IX:

Peer trainers were divided into groups of 6 and delivered lectures to students imparting awareness as appropriate to age

hereSeminars:

Students were exposed to various seminars to deepen their awareness of sexual health and HIV/AIDS. The seminars attended by the peer trainees team of 2007 – 2008 are:

  • Seminar held in school by NAAZ foundation
  • Seminar held at YMCA
  • Seminar held at FICCI by PUKAR

hereAnnual Survey:

An international survey was conducted in order to meet the above mentioned goals Recommendations were made as per findings from the survey

hereMonitoring and Maintenance:

Regular sessions and workshops have been held to conduct awareness and peer education regarding sexual health and gender issues

hereEffectiveness & Limitation:

Conducting surveys through questionnaires, taking out statistical findings and assess positive learning and limitations

Making recommendations for change in next years module.