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■ Peer Educators in Marka (2009/09/08)

This time, I would like to introduce about ‘Peer Educator’.

At KnK Japan in Jordan, we provide non-informal education such as English and computer courses. Besides, we implement a sort of character education program (*note) which is called ‘Peer Educator’. ‘Peer’ means ‘companion’, so this program aims to learn various things from each other among companions.

Peer educator program in Marka started this spring, and thereafter they have learned and grown with other peer educators in Fuheis. In this program, about a half is Iraqi and another half is Jordanian participants. Youths of Marka are mostly Muslim and Youths of Fuheis are mostly Christian, but they both crossed over the difference in nationality and religion, and learn from each other as one group. In addition to video workshop introduced previously, Peer Educators hold workshops such as sports and handicraft in order to serve for small children in the community. Another activity is discussion of various topics and issues among peers. Through such activities, Peer Educators can grow the precious quality such as contribution/volunteer mind to the society, team work skills, respect of others, and sympathy/kindness for others.

*note  Character education describes the teaching of children in a manner that will help them develop social and emotional skills which is useful in daily life, such as logic, morals, cognitive knowledge, health, violence prevention, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, conflict resolution, etc. It can develop various quality of the person to be socially-acceptable beings.

Girls peer educators who decide rules
among peers.
Christian and Muslim youths are learning together.


New Peer Educators

In this summer, new peer educators have joined. They are the 2nd Peer educators in Marka. Peer educators are not ‘model students’ from the beginning. They can be the youth who is not going to schools, who disobeys the parents, who lost self-confidence, or who is suffering from the grief caused by the loss of parent in the war. That is to say, they are the youths who hold various psychological wounds. In order to make them happier, KnK staffs and volunteers take good care of them along with the advice from a psycho-social expert while asking solution of how we can treat them to be better.

The drawing by an Iraqi youth

‘Me’ at the right-lying down alone as if he is dead.
‘Me’ at the left-living happily together with another girl by holding hands to each other.


Diagnosis by expert: Right side is `himself he thinks now` and left side is `himself he wishes to be in the future’


The expert provides counseling in order to
analyze which care each peer educator needs.

 

Individual care and Role of Educator

KnK values a great deal of compassionate care to each one of Peer educators. They are the age from 14 to 18 years-old, which falls at susceptible age. They have various instabilities in their minds, and may have kind of worry that can’t be spoken to their parents or the conflicted feelings towards self-definition. Those age groups are already unstable by nature, yet some suffer more severely by the psychological problems because of being displaced from the home country like Iraq. Examples are the lack of self-esteem of all family members through protracted refugee status in Jordan and their financial hardship, loss of identity due to the separation from their home country, bullying due to the difference in nationality which may cause violence as well as self-protection, severe emotional stress and trauma through the loss of family members by the war and horrifying kidnapping or abduction experiences. ‘Educators’ are the instructor of Peer Educators. They share the feelings with Peer educators, relax tension of them, catch the key to solve their problems, and help them solve problems to make their situation better. Peer educators can speak to Educator even for the issues they can’t talk to others. In such a way, youths establish trusting relationship with Educator, and learn to trust others as well as themselves. KnK has started home visit and counseling to the family of Peer educators. It is because their psychological problems are often drastically overcome with the cooperation from the whole family members who locates the closest to the youths physically and mentally.


Educator and Peer educator girl who
consult with tears.


Educator who leads peer educator boys.

 

Summer training camp

In this month, Peer educators had a training camp of one night-two days’ trip. In the training, the youths discussed difficult topics and issues like ‘peace and democracy’ and ‘child rights’, and they have adapted various opinions of other peers and broaden their eyes to the useful knowledge which makes them act as a responsible individual in the society. They also enjoyed group works include games, and learned to cooperate with each other while having fun.


They are now capable of execute meeting by themselves.
Friends made my face funny
in games!

Peer educators in the future

Peer educator program is the place for learning. From now on, new peer educators will be born by following the 1st and 2nd peer educators. The more they learn, the more they become capable of planning their workshops and event that is useful for the community and brush up their leaderships. Our goal is to grow 1st and 2nd Peer educators so that they can support and teach other new peers in the future.

Thanks to the support from you, KnK can carry out our activities which spread peace to the world. We appreciate your sincere support to KnK so that we can continue making the children happier in all over the world.

 

‘SAYONARA’

Ms. Yeppa, an Iraqi volunteer who had supported KnK Peer educators, had left to the third country by refugee immigration. Thank you for everything!  Shukran!

Project Coordinator Yuko IEMURA
 
 
 
 
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