Young People for Young People: Reach A Hand Uganda holds second Peer Educator Academy in KampalaShare
Reach a Hand Uganda is tackling issues that leave Ugandan adolescents vulnerable, such as early pregnancy, HIV and gender inequality, through their inaugural Peer Educators Academy that was held at the beginning of January in Kampala. The Academy engaged peer educators and youth, and empowered young people to make informed decisions about their bodies.
Sadly, many young people in Uganda are deprived of their right to access safe, youth friendly health services that offer information about sexuality and reproduction. The program, in partnership with Victoria University and supported by MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Segal Family Foundation, and RutgerWFP, combats these issues by training young people in life skills, promoting self awareness and encouraging sexual and reproductive health rights.
The Peer Education Academy is an eight month program with a one month focus on training Peer Educators using a module built on comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights information and life skill development. This year, 65 peer educators were trained this year at the academy. The peer educators will now be dispersed to 30 schools across Uganda. The hope is that the educators will encourage positive change among their peers.
“We at Reach A Hand Uganda hope that through engaging young people with sexual and reproductive health and rights information in our Peer Educators’ Academy the trained peer educators will then go on to influence a positive change among a fellow youth in communities, and school clubs using the multiplier effect” said Humphrey Nabimanya, Team Leader and Founder Reach A Hand Uganda.
“Reach A Hand Uganda is empowering young people through annual Peer Educators Academy with the right information and life skills as these young people need information and skills to protect their sexual and reproductive health and reduce their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases,” explains Mr. Nabimanya
RAHU sees value in peer educators, as “young people for young people” to facilitate behavior change. Through engaging peer educators with young people in schools across the country, RAHU has created active spaces that offer youth friendly support and the tools necessary for youth to make informed decisions about their bodies.
For more information on RAHU and the Peer Educators Academy, please visit their website at http://www.reachahand.org