In Zambia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders, we are implementing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), livelihoods and Civic participation awareness raising and capacity building interventions in Schools, Colleges of Education (Teacher Training Colleges) and Communities.
The activities under the intervention are implemented and led by trained young Volunteer Peer Educators (VPEs). Since our intervention’s inception in 2004, we have trained and deployed 800 VPEs to implement programme activities.
Our VPEs conduct a variety of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Livelihoods and Civic participation lessons using non-formal education methods, set up and manage Resource Centres, extracurricular programmes including awareness raising events. They also use above activities to build the capacity of the target audiences to help foster sustainability after the intervention. Additionally, our VPEs empower other young people to effectively participate in the development and governance of their own communities through active engagement with their local leaders.
Our VPEs are dynamic and intelligent young people who are selected on the basis that they would make good role models in our placement communities. Crucially, peer educators themselves develop enormously in confidence and skills as a result of the extensive training they receive prior to being deployed and subsequently the practical field experience they gain whilst on the programme. They eventually also develop into articulate advocates with a strong commitment to helping others.
To be recruited as a volunteer, interested young people should meet the following criteria:
Volunteer recruitments start around October and run through to April.
to download an application form for teacher aids action (taap) peer educator, click here