On Saturday 3rd and Saturday 10th June, a group of students from Queen’s University in Canada conducted a Peer Education Training programme at the Sunrise Center at Zorg-en-Vlygt on the Essequibo Coast. Known as the Queen's Health Outreach (QHO), they have been coming to Guyana since 1989. The student-run volunteer organization conducts interactive sessions with youths to promote the values of health and education. Queen’s Health Outreach (QHO) visits Guyana for seven weeks every spring.
Each year a batch of students visits Kingston, Ontario, communities in Northern Canada, Kenya, Belize and Guyana. Guyana was chosen years ago due to a study on developing nations, Rebecca McElroy, the Programme Director explained.
The group focuses mainly on the three sub-disciplines of health (physical, mental, and sexual). There are 40 peer educators in the QHO. The peer educators conduct the interactive sessions that range from psychology, to global development, to life sciences. The QHO has weekly educational sessions all year around to train the volunteers.
Some topics discussed in the interactive sessions are abuse, suicide, depression, peer pressure, anatomy, healthy relationships, drugs and alcohol.
The Organization is fully sponsored through fund raiser initiatives and in the past Scotia Bank has aided in sponsorship.