ABOUT 40 participants are taking part in a peer education workshop at the University of the South Pacific to create awareness on adolescent issues.
Every year, the university organises this workshop to help students better cope with personal and academic life.
Student counsellor Laisiasa Wainikesa said they were training students who could create awareness on issues such as reproductive health, relationships, sexual diseases and mental stress.
"This workshop helps students to address the challenges they face during their studies here at USP," Mr Wainikesa said.
"We have noticed some changes in students' attitude towards sexual issues and contraceptive distribution has improved on campus," he said.
Participants undergo group activities, presentations and open discussions and receive a certificate of training at the end of the workshop.
Ai-Lynne, a senior peer educator, said their role was to conduct outreach programs and talk to students about issues around them.
"We go to the housing on campus and talk to students about sexual problems and importance of safe sex," she said.
Sumeet Prasad, a participant, said communicating issues to students was difficult because sexual topics were a taboo subject in the Pacific.
"This is an open group and we are encouraged to give our ideas to others so that the youths can do the right thing to live a healthy and trouble-free life," Mr Prasad said.