In the framework of the "Sin El Fil: A Safer City, A Healthier Population" project, the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut organized a two peer education training workshops for 32 students in Sin El Fil schools in collaboration with the municipality of Sin El Fil, with the aim of promoting positive youth development.
The training targeted 8 schools from Sin El Fil area, and was based on life skills based peer education approach, where group of students educate their peers about the life skills that would enable them to face the dangers of substance use, deal positively with life challenges, and build healthy relationships with their surrounding through interactive activities.
Held in Sin El Fil municipality from 3 to 5 April 2018, this training constituted of two workshops which ran simultaneously, accommodating 32 participants aged between 13-15 years old.
The peer education training adopts the participatory learning approach. The first two days of the training workshop addressed the “peer education" and “life skills" issues such as communication, stress management, assertive behavior etc. During the 3-day workshops, interactive techniques were used such as role play, games, individual and groups exercises, etc. Given the future role of the peer educators, and during the third day, participants were briefly prepared peer education activities, and simulated these activities in front of their peers.
CPHP will continue to support the students, through mentoring them in their future peer education activities at their respective schools.