The manual is intended to be used by 'master' trainers in peer education when training future trainers. However, many of the exercises included in the training curriculum could also be used for training peer educators aged 16 years and older. Publishers emphasise that this manual cannot replace an in-person training course, but should primarily be seen as a support tool for a training workshop.
Sexual and reproductive health and the prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and substance abuse are the themes around which this trainingcurriculum has been developed. Special attention has been given to gender and cultural sensitivity in health education. The overall training guidelines and suggested techniques can, according to publishers, be applied to peer education activities in any field.
The manual is composed of the following sections:
- Section 1: From Theory to Practice in Peer Education - reviews the definition of peer education and its rationale and value in the context of different behaviour change theories and models.
- Section 2: Guidelines for Training of Trainers - provides the outline of asuggested 6-day ToT workshop. For each of the training topics the curriculum provides appropriate training exercises and notes.
- Section 3: A Sample Peer Education Session on HIV/AIDS - presents an example ofa field peer education activity. It describes a 3- to 4-hour HIV/AIDS educationsession with a group of adolescents.