Annual PETRI – Sofia Training School on Project Development and Management, Training of Trainers and Theatre-Based Techniques in Peer Education for Roma Communities 2015

57 young people between 16 and 30 years old from 18 countries from the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia took part in the Annual School, organized by PETRI – Sofia between the 16th and the 22d of November 2015 in Borovets, Bulgaria. The Annual School had three modules: “Project Development and Management”, “Training of Trainers” and “Theatre-Based Techniques in Peer Education for Roma Communities”. The participants in each one of them were young people from the Y-PEER network and from other organizations, active in the area of SRHR, volunteering and youth participation. The trainers in the different modules were professionals with rich experience in the topics from Bulgaria, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Macedonia and the US.

The main aims of the Annual School were to:

1) Increase the number of highly skilled and trained young people as well as Peer Education Trainers of Trainers in the EECA Region to plan and to implement wide spectrum of youth SRH and HIV prevention related activities;

2) Support capacity development of young people in the Region in three particular areas:

 project development and management;

 delivering high quality peer-based adolescent sexual reproductive health education training programs in the region;

 improving the SRHR of Roma adolescents and youth and raise awareness about the root causes of Roma poor education and health outcomes, by using the theatre based peer education approach at the community level.

The Annual School was a great opportunity for the young people from the region to develop their skills and knowledge, to meet their peers from different countries, exchange and share ideas and experiences, network, plan future activities, work in a multicultural environment.

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