In February, the ASTRA Youth member from Macedonia, the Health Education and Research Association, implemented a process of accreditation for peer educators in the field of Comprehensive Sexual Education. In the previous month they launched a call for young people who want to become CSE educators, who later went through a process of certifying their experience. The initiative was promoted in the social media. HERA accepted 22 out of 40 applications according to the criteria. The selected young people had to pass two days of theoretical and interactive training in Skopje in all seven components of CSE. Afterward, they had two weeks for studying and consultation with the more experienced educators - the coordinator of the youth program and the program director of HERA.
The trainees were placed in teams of two and had to pass an oral exam in one of the CSE components in a Skopje hotel where the three-day-long examination process was organized. The first part of the examination consisted of implementing practical skills in one of the seven components in the form of randomly chosen workshops. The second part required passing a written exam that measured the participants’ knowledge, and the third part was to estimate the attitudes to the issues from the seven components.
Apart from the examination process, the second part of the training also covered communication and risk assessment workshops.
You can see photos from the training HERE.