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Youth Peer Educators Network plan for 2015

Thirty Peer Educators from seven different schools in the uMgungundlovu District recently attended a 3 day workshop to share experiences and plan common awareness programmes and school-based actions that create safe spaces for scholars to engage around gender, sexuality and HIV and Aids.

Their time together was spent on updating their content knowledge on these areas but also sharing personal stories and experiences relating to their peer education work. During the ‘free writing exercise’ one peer noticed a stone painted in white, a stone that had been in that spot for months or years, and exposed to harsh weather conditions; sun, rain, cold weather in day and night.

This stone she saw as a metaphor of her life. Today she is meeting other peers who have shared their own personal experiences; they are learning to change their lives for the better and will work with other young people in their schools to say regardless of peer pressure or any other harsh or difficult challenges they can overcome. Solidarity and common action can get them there.

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