A group of over 50 youths have been passed out as peer educators after completing a month long training by Reach a Hand Uganda (RAHU) a youth focused organization. The 2017 cohort of peer educators were handed certificates of completion while some were awarded for their outstanding performance at an event held at Seven Trees in Kololo on Friday.
The training equips young people in and out of school between the ages of 17 to 24 with information and skills on Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) as well as other life skills.
Humphrey Nabimanya the Team Lead of RAHU said “The group will now work get involved in school outreach and community programs, about it http://cityhoodfordc.org/components/com_jomcomment/languages/danish.php livelihood programs and intern with other organizations so as to utilize the skills and knowledge they acquired.”
Over 98 young people have so far passed through the Peer Educators Academy since its inception in 2014. Nabimanya said majority of these have since got employed in social work while others have started their own enterprises.
Joe Kigozi the Board Chairman at RAHU in his remarks called on the youths to be more creative and fully exploit their talents especially now that jobs are scarce.
Allan Nsubuga, a sexual reproductive health activist was part of the 2012 batch of peer educators. He told Chimpreports that the training has opened opportunities for him including working with US Peace Corps to carry out youth training on health and wellness in 2016.
“We have developed a Mobile App (Ask Without Shame) through which young people anonymously ask information about sexual reproductive issues. Our App recently won the MTV Saying Alive Award. This is all because of the platforms RAHU opened for me,” he said.
Cynthia Kyofuna, another former trainee said she has noticed through the community outreaches that there’s still an information gap among youths on issues of HIV awareness and reproductive health.
“Engaging with my fellow peers creates a safe zone for them to open up on issues that they fear to talk to their teachers about,” Kyofuna said. She plans to use social media as a platform to raise awareness and share stories from which other youths can draw lessons.
The pompous ceremony also saw artistes like Geo Steady, Naava Grey and Martha Smalls who are all RAHU ambassadors perform.