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Featured lesson plan: CIDA and the Nova Scotia Gambia Association: Working together for Peer Health Education

The goal of the lesson plan is to raise awareness and understanding of the Canadian government’s support for the Nova Scotia Gambia Association (NSGA), located in Halifax. The Nova Scotia Gambia Association uses its well-recognized peer health education model to increase knowledge and awareness amongst youth and communities on topics such as: sexual reproductive health, healthy relationships, leadership skills, the environment and the role that gender plays in health. NSGA works in 75 schools and in each school, 20 students are trained as Peer Health Educators. A total of 1,500 peer educators will be trained across Gambia. Canada has been a long time supporter of many of the NSGA projects. In recent years, Canada has funded similar summer school projects throughout Gambia.