Life Skills Training of Trainers Workshop Teaches that “Together We Can”

Apr 28, 2011

Life Skills Training, Belize

A comprehensive 3.5 day training of trainers workshop for High School Counsellors, Health and Family Live Education Officers and Red Cross Volunteers, from all six districts of Belize, is taking place at the George Price Center in Belmopan from April 27th to 30th. It is an initiative of the Belize Red Cross Society, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Youth and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Global Fund Round 9 Grant.

The “Together We Can” Peer Education Program is complementary to the Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) curriculum instituted by the Ministry of Education and Youth. The training is expected to have a domino effect in terms of its benefits, since the aim of the workshop is to familiarize the participants on all aspects of the TWC peer education programme, in order for them to do onward training and support of peer educators countrywide. Furthermore, the participants are contributing to validating the TWC training materials, to make sure they are effective, user-friendly, and sensitive, thereby assuring the highest quality standards possible.

The workshop is being facilitated by a consultant Rhona Penelope Bradsley and Tashera Swift, Program Officer at the Belize Red Cross. Among other things, the workshop will expose participants to learning on:

  • roles and responsibilities of the key players in the TWC programme;
  • the certification process for peer counsellors and peer educators;
  • training techniques and methods as demonstrated by the trainers;
  • how attitudes can affect discussion related to sex, sexuality and relationships;
  • the advantages and disadvantages of participatory training methods / non-traditional teaching methods, their role and importance in training;
  • the use of participatory / non-traditional teaching methodology;
  • the Peer Education Handbook and the Activity Kit;
  • the use of some elements of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) Framework;
  • the role of key players and tools in M & E; and
  • use of the tools for piloting the TWC documents.

It is expected that the workshop and the materials derived will complement existing life skills training materials and help the Red Cross Volunteers, HFLE Education Officers and High Schools Counsellors to train peer educators to reach an increasing number of young people with life skills training including in the combat against HIV/AIDS (MDG 6). The workshop should result in a better informed and more sexually responsible youth.