VOICES – the School Project is a peer education programme that aims at developing stronger life skills and informed decision-making in school going adolescents, addressing mental health issues that continue to grow in rural schools. VOICES conduct a yearlong module, training peer educators on a range of issues including depression, bullying, substance abuse and eating disorders linked to peer pressure, and the influence of appearances during adolescence.

VOICES provide a safe space for adolescents to express and formulate their attitudes on issues relevant to them, encouraging informed opinions. The programme writes a Recommendations Report that is provided to each school at the end of the process, to suggest further, self-sustaining steps the school can engage in, to continue an open dialogue.

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