Peer to Peer support groups

Peer to Peer support groups

German Cooperation jointly with the four teams of international & national psychosocial experts has established in its project municipalities 14 peer to peer support groups. The idea was to develop peer groups within schools among psychologists and pedagogues who have the greatest need, motivation and interest, but also with engaged and motivated teachers and Learning Communities staff who want to continue the work that was started in the coaching sessions.

During the Field Phases I and II in 12 project municipalities, the four teams built the capacity of teachers and LC staff to be better able to provide psycho-social support to children, especially students returning from migration and to enhance their capacity for self-care. The topics mainly addressed were: Stress Management and self-care for teachers, role of teachers with regards to psycho-social support to children, improving communication between students and parents and teachers, support of children with disruptive behavior, conflict resolution, handle school drop-outs, handle bullying and discrimination behavior and many other topics important that equipped teachers with necessary skills to deal with case management.

The first phase of field visits was focused mainly on coaching session whereas the second phase of filed visits was focused on establishment of peer to peer support in order to ensure the sustainability of the psycho-social support. During both Field Phases, 888 participants attended coaching, supervision (case management), peer support group development and observation and prioritization sessions.

GIZ education expert is conducting field visits get to know the groups and learn what further support is needed and could be offered. This week, peer to peer support group in “Xheladin Rekaliu” school, municipality of Podujeve/Podujevo held its first monthly meeting since its establishment. The peer support group composed of 9 members named themselves “I’m here”, a name which represents their openness for the pupils in need.

The sessions started with an ice breaker activity named “This is who I am”. Peer support member were invited to individually write important elements of the past, present, future, and then present it in front of the colleagues.  The sessions afterwards continues with important information in regards to facilitation of the group, member participation, capacity development needs, promotion of the group, and potential cooperation with other peer to peer support groups.

The groups in the end were invited to discuss important issues in their school in a World Café format, with 5 host tables, each covering one theme : Discipline, Concentration. Environment. Motivation, Bullying. This format allowed them to see how important is to share information with one another and how different perspectives among colleagues helps them solve problems in a more effective way.  In the end members agreed  jointly for the date of the next meeting.

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