Reaching Out to Africa's Youth
Our Peer Educators serve a vital role in teaching the Reach4Life program
Peer Education is an approach to promote change among peers. It is the teaching or sharing of information, values, and behavior in educating others who may share similar social backgrounds or life experiences. The concept is that people who are familiar with the culture and the community will be more successful in promoting behavior change. Most of the Peer Educators are young adults, who students feel more comfortable with when discussing topics such as sexuality and other youth issues. In 2017, 70 subsidized and 85 volunteer Peer Educators will be involved in teaching the Reach4Life program.
The Reach4Life program recruits young adults from local churches in the communities in which they serve. They are given training in basic teaching skills and learn how to present lessons in ways that will engage the youth. Peer Educators benefit from being a part of the program as they gain experience in teaching, working with administrators, following schedules, filling out reports, and understanding how to operate within the framework of an organization. The skills and confidence they acquire are helpful when seeking future employment.
We are proud of the professionalism exhibited by our Peer Educators, and appreciate the positive impact they are making on the lives of thousands of youth.
After twelve years of working in the community, including AIDS counseling and ministry in schools and churches, Thandeka Mavundla-Nzama has seen many people and communities whose needs have not been met. Phakama Africa Community Projects was established in 2014 with the expanded vision of reaching and enriching the lives of all members of African communities. Please listen to Thandeka's message in the video at the left (click the YouTube icon to view larger).
Phakama Africa Community Projects empowers, transforms and equips individuals and communities to reach their fullest potential. Our focus is to influence individuals, thereby enriching the community and ultimately impacting Africa.
My name is Sabelo. I'm 16 and in grade 10. The Reach4Life lunch break groups are becoming popular in our school. We get to talk about anything, God, family issues, sex, dating and all. I never saw sex in God's point of view. I just thought sleeping around is cool, TV stars are doing it all the time. But in our group we discussed sex as created by God; therefore I need to abide with God's rules for sex if I really want the best benefits of this gift. So I have decided to stop fooling around and wait. I'm confident about my decision because I am surrounded by other young people who have decided to wait. Thank you Reach4Life for coming to my school, our break times are exciting and our lives will never be the same.
IMAGES OF AFRICA