The webinar celebrated the inauguration of the 75th Batch of the Adolescent Peer Educators Leadership Program in Mental Health and Well-Being. Organized by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the event aimed to promote holistic development and mental well-being among students.
The CBSE has recognized the significance of holistic development and integrated Life Skills based Health and Wellbeing Education into its curriculum. In collaboration with Expressions India, the CBSE established the Adolescent Peer Educators Leadership Program. This program has empowered young individuals to become leaders in promoting mental health and well-being among their peers. Over the course of 74 batches, around 7,200 students and 3,500 teachers/counselors from 1,730 schools across the country have participated in this prestigious training program from November 2021 to June 2023.
The primary objective of the program is to equip and empower students to create a participatory climate for behavioral change and adaptation. It aims to foster an inclusive environment that supports the psychosocial well-being and development of life skills in children and adolescents.The webinar marked the beginning of the 75th Batch of the Adolescent Peer Educators Leadership Program. Renowned mental health professionals, including Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, Smt. Nidhi Chibber, and Dr. Joseph Emmanuel, delivered inspiring speeches. The webinar provided an opportunity for interactive sessions, allowing participants to engage with the resource persons and share their experiences. It was recommended to establish peer-led centres or clubs within schools, guided by mentor teachers, to enhance the ongoing program. The outcomes of the program align with the larger vision of NEP 2020, focusing on holistic development and mental well-being in students. The webinar showcased the commitment of the CBSE and Expressions India in promoting mental health and well-being among students. By empowering adolescent peer educators, the program aims to create a positive impact on the mental health landscape of our community. The participation and sensitivity displayed by the students highlight their potential to create a ripple effect in promoting mental well-being.