Peer educators training programs conducted by the National Substance Abuse Advisory Council (NSAAC) has greatly reduced drug use and sex related offences in schools.
A survey conducted by NSAAC where 30 schools were surveyed in the four years revealed a lot of positive changes in students.
The survey targeted only the schools where the NSAAC has held its peer education programs in.
It revealed that 80 percent of school principals from the 30 schools where peer educators program have been held in the past four years termed it as a successful program.
The principals added that there has been marked change in the behavior of students in schools.
The latest peer education program was carried out last week in Labasa for eight high schools in the Northern Division.
Of the 48 students who attended, majority of them agreed their self esteem and confidence has been boosted after attending the training program.
Feedback received from students indicates that they were energized and motivated to stand up and fight for the issues their peers are facing in their schools.
Students from All Saints Secondary School, Batinikama Secondary School, Bulileka College, Holy Family Secondary School, Labasa College, Nabala Secondary School, Shiri Guru Nanak Khalsa College and Valebasoga Secondary School attended the peers training program.