Young people need skills and information to protect their sexual and reproductive health and reduce their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Now, Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU), a non governmental organization dedicated to scaling down the HIV/AIDS scourge, and that has built a reputation for it’s ability to empower young people to make informed choices has launched the inaugural Peer Educators Academy that kicked off on Monday this week in the Ugandan capital Kampala.
The program launched in partnership with International Health Science University (IHSU) and supported by MTV staying Alive Foundation and RutgerWFP, aims to train young people in life skills development, self awareness and Sexual reproductive Health and rights as key elements in their lives.
RAHU team leader Humphrey Nabimanya, a young achiever award winner says he hopes the program will enable the participants to develop young people’s basic skills to bring about better understanding, academic progress, healthy lifestyles and choices around sexual reproductive health issues like sex and relationships, drugs and drug abuse among others.
The PEA will initially focus on one month long training of 50 Peer Educators using an academically accredited module. At the end of the training, the Peer Educators will be distributed in 25 different schools in the country.
The organizers hope that the trained peer educator will then go on to influence a positive change among a few youth in schools, mainly from the SRHR clubs.