Second Sergeant Rosita Maia Sanches was among 19 F-FDTL soldiers who joined a recent 3-day facilitator training workshop that was part of continuing CWS-supported information-sharing about HIV and AIDS for Timor-Leste army and navy personnel, and for their families and neighbors. Led by the experienced armed forces Master Trainers who have been coached and supported by CWS staff in recent past years, the training had two key objectives: first, to support more rank and file soldiers and sailors to be education/workshop facilitators for the future sustainability of HIV prevention activities; and, second, to improve participants’ knowledge about HIV-AIDS so they can share it with their F-FDTL peers, neighbors, and families.
“This training is really important to increase our ability to be good group session facilitators so we are able to share information [in interesting ways] in front of many people. Being a peer educator and trainer will be a new experience for me, and I am glad that I learned a lot about communicating effectively with others. The Master Trainers were well prepared and did a great job; they spoke clearly and had a lot of information on all the topics. I think 3 days in not enough though, because time went by very fast; a week would be better so that we new facilitators can learn even more! I want to thank CWS and our Master Trainers for helping us lean about HIV prevention and how to share the information with others,” she added.
In the US Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program-funded initiative, CWS is now supporting experienced Master Trainers who are working to ensure sustainability by readying a team of 40 new peer educators who will, in turn, be key outreach workers for continuing education and information-sharing among soldiers, sailors, their families and neighbors after CWS support ends on September 2018.
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