Over the last few months, the Youth Engagement Team from Restless Development’s International Programmes unit have been supporting a young campaigner from Channel 4’s Battlefront programme in her quest to promote peer-to-peer sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools around the UK.
Shereece Marcantonio, 18, used the Youth Engagement Team’s dance4life UK workshops as one of two key sources for her research into the effectiveness of peer-to-peer SRE in UK schools. The results were impressive. Four fifths of the pupils surveyed say the way the peer-led session was taught was good, compared to less than one fifth when talking about the sex and relationship lessons they had previously received. The results were similarly positive in other areas too.
The Battlefront report was launched at a special event in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 16th November to an audience of MPs, sexual health practitioners and celebrities and has been included in the government’s consultation on SRE in the UK. As part of the event, Youth Engagement Officer Rachel and Development Trainer Sabrina delivered a mini-version of the dance4life workshop in the House of Commons’ Jubilee Room.
You can find out more and download the full report through the Battlefront website.
For more information on dance4life UK go to www.dance4life.co.uk.