Peer Education

Many organisations have embraced the intervention by peer educators in facilitating behaviour change communication. Peer Educators who model healthy behaviour can easily influence others positively, and by serving as Peer Educators they are challenged to sustain healthy behaviours while raising their self-esteem, learning new skills and making useful contacts. They take positive pride in themselves and avoid situations of risk and vulnerability.
This not only motivates the staff but also creates a connection between employees that encourages sound team work and performance excellence.

Course Duration:  2 - 3 days.

Course Objectives: To equip participants with necessary skills to:
  • Apply adult learning methods and tools/frameworks to determine gaps and needs of peers in the workplace.
  • Utilise behaviour change theories and frameworks to change own behaviour and influence other peers to do the same though education and modeling process
  • Use their understanding of basic concepts in HIV and AIDS, Sexual and reproductive health - (increase service seeking behavior)
  • Apply knowledge and skills of gender mainstreaming and stigma reduction to positively influence HIV & AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH).
  • Enhance utilisation of a range of strategies and interactive adult learning methods and techniques, to influence desired behaviour change and behaviour maintenance
  • Facilitate internalisation of behaviour change / desired behaviour maintenance theories and approaches, to reinforce their capacity to influence their peers to know their  HIV and AIDS status and increase utilisation of SRH prevention /intervention services.
  • Identify and address behaviour change and related challenges/ needs faced in implementing sexual and reproductive health programmes and services to the workplace and thematic areas  
Course Content:
  • Peer Educator defined.
  • Responsibilities and Qualities of a Good Peer Educator
  • Peer Education and Behaviour Change Theories
  • Peer Education and Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) Strategy
  • Basic Information about HIV and AIDS
  • Basic Information about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • ABC’s of prevention: So What? Implications of preventative behaviours
  • Stigma and Discrimination
  • Positive Living with HIV and AIDS
  • Opportunistic Infections
  • Care and Support for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)
  • Basic Home-Based Care Techniques.

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