Peer Education

Peer Education formed the back bone of the pilot intervention. Process of identification of Peer Educators, their orientation and skill building programme was developed through participation and protocolized.

Young People identified as potential Peer Educators were trained in batches of 25 to 30 over a period of six months. During this time, they participated in a series of workshops conducted by trained facilitators. The six training sessions, one each month, primarily focused on providing information on six programmatic issues, namely, early marriage, early pregnancy, Youth & HIV, sex ratio, sexuality education and youth friendly services. Peer Educators who completed six months training also underwent one skill building training as TOT (training of trainers). The purpose was to develop communication skills on Sexual and Reproductive Health issues of young people in the field setting. Simultaneously they participated in ongoing intervention activities to have 'hands on' experience of communicating with young people.

Peer educatorsí support in carrying out interventions was the key to programme effectiveness and sustainability.