Youth helping youth
Young people, known as “peer educators” are recruited and trained with Ministry of Health professionals to deliver life skills workshops in schools, community youth clubs, and access to HIV testing and counselling services.
Workshops and clubs cover a broad range of topics for 10-19 year olds, such as teenage pregnancy, HIV prevention and management, sexual health information, drug abuse, negotiation and decision making skills, to encourage children to make the right choices in life.
Meet Retsepile, a peer educator for a health clinic in Mafeteng district
I was recruited and trained to be a peer educator at a health clinic; it has been a life-changing experience for me.
Before I was trained, I was shy and I didn’t know how to care for myself. I suffered low self-esteem and fell pregnant at a young age.
Today, my life is so fruitful; I am able to bring children and adolescents together and have a peer-to-peer session with them, sharing all the life skill knowledge I have acquired from my training. I teach them that we have to bear the consequence of the decisions we make in life and encourage them to make good choices. I am working hard to make sure that the teenagers in my community understand the harmful effects of teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse.
12 years old
My name is Teboho and I live in Ha Seeiso. I am a member of the Adolescent Corner Club at a health clinic in Maseru district.
Club has helped us a lot because we learn about self-esteem, knowing who we are and the importance of the decisions we make in life.
Having attended club I can now help advise others my age on their decisions and how we should try to behave – I can even advise my parents!