What is Y-PEER?
Y-PEER is a network of organizations working in peer education to promote healthy lifestyles of young people. It works through a Youth Adult Partnership between the UNFPA and young people. The network is currently in run in the Arab States, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Eastern Africa. Y-PEER provides a networking opportunity for organizations to share experiences and to build their capacities in peer education through training and tools provided to the organizations.
How does it work?
There are different levels and types of training and experience sharing. At the national level, organizations in the network participate in meetings to share experiences as well as training for capacity building. National Focal Points coordinate the network. At the regional and global level, the members of the national networks can get the opportunity to participate in meetings and international events, as well as to advanced training for capacity building of organizations.
We also provide specialized trainings, such as: theater-based peer education training; Youth-Friendly Services; Youth Adult Partnership and HIV at population at most risk.
Y-PEER has always been keen on maintaining the quality of its tools and training, building partnerships with respectable universities and institutes, such as Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Yale, American University in Beirut and others. In the course of this, standards in peer education programming have been developed as a guide to institutes working in peer education in different aspects of the programme and to set a quality standard.
Y-PEER in Egypt
Y-PEER was launched in Egypt in 2005. The first national training of trainers was in 2007. The network in Egypt currently consists of 40 NGOs in 16 governorates. Examples of the work done by Y-PEER Egypt so far include:
- More than 100 trainers trained, 1,600 peer educators and 80 theater-based peer education trainees;
- Working with celebrities such as Ms. Howayda Abou Heif and Mr. Khaled Abol Naga;
- Establishment of a Youth Advisory Panel with UNFPA and UNICEF;
- Wrking with Mansoura University to establish an educational campaign on SRH;
- Working with the Orthodox Church in Mansoura to deliver a peer education programme on SRH, HIV/AIDS prevention and substance abuse;
- Working with the NCCM in its adolescent’s health project;
- Translation of MTV's stayingalive.org-website in Arabic.