Peer to peer learning has proven to be an effective model for behavior change communication in African countries, and peer education is a particularly powerful method for reaching youths. SIC’s peer education program targets primary and secondary schools, government and private. Peer Educators are nominated and elected by teachers and fellow students, and they are among the brightest, most outgoing students in their grade.
Each peer educator program begins during an awareness campaign in that ward. Volunteers and field officers provide 20 hours of training for peer leaders, and a two-day seminar for peer education teachers. SIC field officers maintain a continuing relationship with schools, helping peer educators to organize special events such as PE Days, exchange learning visits, and competitions within and among schools.
The heart of the program is the peer educators themselves. Using dynamic education techniques such as songs, dramas, debates, and poetry, these students engage other youths and encourage them to think critically so that they can choose behaviors that lower their risk of getting HIV. Empowered with life skills and education techniques, the peer educators can lead the way to a world without AIDS.
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Tanzania University Clubs Program
The Tanzania University Clubs Program has been established to provide continuing leadership development to Tanzanian teaching partners and expand SIC’s HIV education and prevention services. The program’s goals are to train future teaching partners, expand leadership development training and opportunities for former SIC teaching partners, and educate university students about HIV prevention and life skills. Former SIC teaching partners are working hard to establish programs on their campuses, hold awareness campaigns, and train peer educators.