Peer education: opening doors in the lives of young people

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2014
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Swartz
KEYWORDS: PEER EDUCATION PROGRAMMES, YOUTH
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8253

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Abstract

Peer education is a key health promotion strategy and an important mechanism to challenge and shift youth behavioural norms, especially with regards to sexual behaviour - an issue still not easily discussed between adults and youth in South Africa. Peer education provides opportunities for candid and genuine examinations of attitudes and choices to see and hear about different ways to be healthy from other young people.