Peer Education Program

What is Peer Education?

Peer education (PE) is a process through which young people, people of the same professions, religions, cultures or any other parameters that are in common to them , adopt knowledge on a certain subject and gain skills for further dissemination of such knowledge to their peers, through workshops and other interactive methods of approach, depending on the group structure.

Why Peer Education?

The Youth of JAZAS had chosen this approach at the very beginning, 10 years ago, for we believed and we still believe that the easiest and most effective way for young people to adopt knowledge on sensitive topics such as HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and addiction diseases is when this knowledge is given by their peers who have learned to transmit the knowledge in a simple, friendly and acceptable way.

Our lectures that we conduct through the PE Program are based on an active participation of young people during the lecture; in such enabling environment, zoung people are freed from taboos, barriers and fears and openly ask questions to peer educatiors and discuss the issues of their highest concern.

What is the main goal?

The main goal of our PE Program is to drive the young people's attention to the risks and dangers of risky behavior and on to importance of building a healthy life style. Through education they learn the basic facts on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections and they learn how to protect themselves and prevent the unwanted outcome.

The key thing is that this gained knowledge is implemented by young people in the future through behavior change that will protect their health and their lives.

We teach them that their health is their own responsibility and that AIDS can only be taken, never received.

The Right to Know project

The Right to Know project is implemented by the Youth of JAZAS in cooperation with UNICEF and 5 more NGOs:CEDEUM (Center for education in drama and art), CRPHO (Center for promotion of human relationships), SPY (Safe puls of youth), Friends of Children - Serbia and Roma education center.