Peer educators get training to continue making a dent upon problems, and make the University even more conducive for students

Health Promoter in the Clinic, Bongiwe Sithole, middle, and the peer educators

While other students are taking a winter break, 33 MUT students received training from 25 to 27 June 2018 to become peer educators. Clive Mthembu, from Umlazi, a first year Marketing student, said peer educators’ roles are to be role models, educating their contemporaries about social ills, healthy lifestyles, and uplifting their communities; recognise problematic cases and refer them to professionals. Phindile Chiliza, from Clermont, who has been a peer educator since 2016, said she has been handling health-related cases. She feels that she has been making some change. But she is aware that there is still a lot to be done. For instance there is a lot of cases that are not reported. “Peer educators also give emotional support. We also learnt a lot about LGBTI. This is going to be very helpful,” she said the Accounting BTech student. Peer educators must do well academically for them to continue.   They can be reached via the Clinic. Each residences, as far as possible, will have at least one peer educator.