Peer2Peer is a drug awareness programme where four TY students from St Declan’s were trained to talk to first year students about drugs and addiction. Our six week training programme took place in Patrician College in Finglas. In the programme we learned about all the different types of drugs ranging from alcohol and tobacco to cannabis which is the gateway drug onto higher classed drugs such as heroin and cocaine. We also then had a crash course in teaching to get the information across in an interesting, clear and concise way.
We then had a four class programme with the first year classes in which we taught them about the information we had learned. We were not a campaign to say yes or no to drugs but we were simply giving the facts and busting any of the myths or misconceptions which the lads might have had.
I found it to be a very fascinating experience in terms of learning the information on drugs, but also the skill of teaching and how to present to a group of people and not sound like a babbling idiot and have lost the room in a millisecond.