What is peer-to-peer education?

Peer-to-peer education method was created in Great Britain. Although the general understanding of a

word peer would mean ‘someone the same age as you’, however, in a wider context peer means much

more than that. Peers usually are people connected through their age, sex, sexual orientation, likes and

preferences, hobbies, social and economic position, health situation, geographic location and so on. It is

correct to say that during the peer-to-peer education a small group of more informed peers try to

participate actively and educate and influence the others in their group.


Who are the peer educators?

Peer educators are young specially trained people who have the same experience as the others in their

group. Youth peer educators usually are the same age or a little bit older than the others in the group

they educate.


What is the process of peer-to-peer education?

Peer education takes places in a small group of 10-15 people or individually. Depending on the needs

and preferences of the groups the peer-to-peer education can take place in schools, clubs, streets, parks,

or in the other suitable spaces.


Why to choose the peer-to-peer education?

Youth usually connect with each other through shared identity. The peer group is a link between youth

groups and the adult society. From the peer group youth gets a great part of their information on

sensitive and important issues. As well, the groups has a lot of influence on a persons attitude,

preference, opinion and behavior. As much as peers connection can influence delinquent behavior,

peers can influence each other positively and support each other.


The credo of the peer-to-peer education:

Tell me- I will forget.

Show me- I will remember.

Involve me- I will understand.