The Scottish Peer Education Network recently put together an event to showcase creativity in Peer Education. Peer led projects from across Scotland made the most of this opportunity to come together and share their knowledge, approaches, learning and to highlight the creative thinking that goes into individual peer led projects.
Matt Allen from TCA had the opportunity to give a talk about the work he and the TCA Perth team have undertaken in schools across Highland Perthshire over the last four years. “When I was asked by Annie from SPEN to give a ‘wee presentation’ at the event I have to say I was both excited and nervous at the same time! The young people are so good at what they do. They regularly work together more like colleagues than pupils – their skills at engaging with their peers is just so good. It made the thought of presenting to them stressful!” said Matt.
“Presenting at an event called ‘Highlighting Creativity’ gave so much scope and variety to all the presentations that the whole event was very relaxed.”
Matt gave examples of how the peer educators at Pitlochry High school and Breadalbane Academy have creatively demonstrated their learning and how this translated into the peer led sessions. One of the stories might even have involved three high school pupils, a dose of peer pressure and a tin of cat food!
The event was superb and a useful opportunity to speak to peer education colleagues, get some fresh ideas, and get the creativity flowing. Thanks to Annie and SPEN for putting together such an inspiring and useful event, to everyone who made the effort to be there, and most importantly to all of the young people who came along to share their stories and demonstrate their learning so creatively.