Focus member: AMO Reliance

What is AMO Reliance's vision?

Reliance's vision regarding training is to empower teenagers to support and reflect with each other. We know that a message delivered by youth to other youth has more impact than if the message comes from an adult. The peer-to-peer methodology has enabled us to count on many young people to implement projects of different types (dance, computer science, school homework, the fight against bullying, prevention of discrimination, well-being...). Young people have demonstrated skills that are usually not valued by the adult world with young people. Reliance intends to keep involving young people in training and well-being related activities for their peers.

What was your first encounter with EPTO?

Our first meeting with EPTO was the training we attended in Timisoara, Romania, in 2009. Then we implemented similar trainings with teenagers from neighbourhoods of the “Basse Meuse” (Wallonia) where we carry out street work. The challenge was important because we did not know if the tools would fit the local youth. It was a success. Not only did the young people understand the concepts but it also contributed to develop a close link with the street workers.

What is the added value of peer education?

The added value of peer education relies mainly on the quality of the transmission of information and the involvement of young people. Participants are given a role that is not only about listening to the adult but where they can actually become trainers; it is a real emancipation. The young person acquires new skills and his self-esteem is enhanced.

Which EPTO methods do you use and in which context?

We use the following methods: Potential for Life and peer training against discrimination, stereotyping and prejudice. In addition, we have adapted some exercises to meet the needs of combating bullying in schools, the need to work on self-esteem and the need to develop an emotional language with children. The participative and playful aspects of the exercises allow us to develop sessions for 5 years old as well as for 15 years old. The tools are therefore used in many contexts: school, neighbourhood, family, individual follow-up, support for parenthood...