This paper investigated peer educators’ perceptions of their self-empowerment, learning, and experiences of being a peer educator within the Leadership South Programme (LSP) in Cape Town, South Africa. The data about the peer educators’ perceptions was gathered through open-ended questionnaires and qualitative interviews and analysed through thematic content analysis. The results showed that peer educators’ self-esteem, confidence and motivation increased, as did their knowledge and skills related to communication, supporting and motivating peers and clients. Additionally the results showed that education based on trainee resources and strengths successfully promoted healthy behaviours and fostered health promotion among the adolescents living in the townships of Cape Town.
International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 2014, Vol 5, Issue 2, p. 258-278
Empowerment; adolescents; peer education; healthy behaviour; South Africa; training of trainers; Health Promotion