For Arach Mercy Wendy, the answer is clear: it’s the way she’s been able to grow as a person, and the success she’s been able to achieve as a result.
Through our yearly Peer Educators Academy program, RAHU has been providing information and skills on sexual and reproductive health and rights to young people aged 18 to 24 since 2014. Wendy took part in the program and found it to be a really fulfilling experience. As a young-led organization, we understand the value of empowering our peers. We know that young people have enormous potential to affect positive change in the world, but they frequently lack the necessary resources and support. That’s why we’re so committed to giving young people the tools, knowledge, and confidence they need to become leaders in their communities. We think that through empowering youth, we can build a brighter future for all.
Wendy found the most fulfilling aspect of her role as a peer educator to be the ability to share her knowledge and talents with others. It gave her great satisfaction to witness the influence her job was having on the people around her. But it wasn’t just about helping others; Wendy also benefited greatly from the experience. She learnt how to speak effectively, lead effectively, and sympathize with others. All of these are talents she will carry with her for the rest of her life.
Wendy gained valuable life skills as a peer educator, including leadership, communication, and empathy. These abilities proved extremely useful to her not only as a peer educator, but also in other aspects of her life. In fact, she attributes her success as Miss Conservation Uganda 2022 and 2nd Runner Up in the Miss Tourism North competition to the leadership and communication abilities she learned as a peer educator.
For Wendy, the most rewarding part of being a peer educator was being able to share her knowledge and skills with others. She found it incredibly fulfilling to see the impact that her work was having on the people around her. But it wasn’t just about helping others; Wendy also gained a great deal from the experience herself. She learned how to communicate effectively, how to be a leader, and how to empathize with others. These are all skills that she will carry with her for the rest of her life.
Wendy urges other young people to pursue similar growth opportunities. She believes that participating in peer education, whether through the Peer Educators Academy program or another means, can be extremely useful for personal and professional development. You will not only be able to help others, but you will also be able to gain crucial life skills that will benefit you in whatever you choose to do.
Finally, being a peer educator may be a tremendously fulfilling experience. Arach Mercy Wendy saw it as a once-in-a-lifetime chance that helped her grow as a person and achieve amazing achievements. She encourages other young people to take advantage of similar chances, highlighting the potential rewards for personal and professional development. If you’re looking for a way to make a difference in the world while also growing as a person, peer education is definitely worth considering.
Written By Kiwumulo Charity