Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia (ADAS) began on 25th February 2016, the peer education program on the fight against doping. The initiator of the project is Dr. Snežana Rajačić from Medical school “Nadezda Petrovic” in Zemun. Students of this school where Dr. Rajačić teaches several professional courses, on several occasions voluntarily studied the harmful effects of doping as the theme of elective classes and thereby showed interest in this area. Since Dr. Rajačić is longtime associate of ADAS, we came up with the idea to start a peer education program. On February 25th was held the first meeting with 18 girls and boys, who showed willingness to participate in this program. The idea is that they as high school students carry out education on harmful effects of doping among its peers. ADAS held meetings and lectures with student and they are trained to become peer educators. The students have formed their opinion on the subject they will teach, acquire enough data for lectures and discussions and learn the latest information on the nature of peers that pay. At the end of training, ADAS finally formed a group of 11 students who were selected to become educators on the basis of their expertise and interests. It has been shown that in these peer groups information are more easily transmitted.
The fact that there is no generational barriers facilitates communication and thus the efficiency of peer education is higher and more significant. Educators receive from ADAS uniform, materials and presentation they have to overcome before the lecture. The idea is that students are fully and as much as possible educated to pass on the knowledge to their peers.
With this project ADAS is beginning antidoping struggle in schools and among young people, which are most susceptible to bad influence. Doping substances, in addition to compromising the ethics of sport and fair play, in many cases, have serious adverse effects on the health of those who use them. Therefore, we believe that it is important that students are aware of this issue.
Since we are in Belgrade already formed a group of 11 young educators, we have a plan to spread project into three medical schools in major cities in Serbia – Nis, Novi Sad and Kragujevac.
From the schools that want to participate in this project, it is expected primarily logistical support while the rest provide ADAS. It is necessary that schools present the person who will be responsible to cooperate with the coordinators of ADAS to find children who are interested in this topic, and to ensure that the classes are organised with aim to train peer educators.
For further information please contact the coordinator of peer education programs – Dr. Marija Andjelkovic by phone 0637345226 or e-mail to email@example.com
On Wednesday November 16th at the Sports Gymnasium, in front of more than 200 students of this high school, was a presentation of the project “Peers anti-doping education”. The presentation of the project was attended by Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Vanja Udovicic, Director of Sports Gymnasium, professor Snežana Rajačić of medical high school “Nadezda Petrovic”, and a representative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.
Minister Vanja Udovicic was particularly praised the project that ADAS springs into action anti-doping struggle in schools and among young people.
“These young educators take responsibility as your peers that you convey knowledge and experience so that we could be even better. We can easily reach out to professional athletes, we can easily point out the negative phenomena in professional sports – it’s hard to explain what it is negative in recreational sport. This is why today’s lecture aims to hear and adopt, not through the Internet and various websites, than from your peers, what is negative.” said the Minister Udovicic.
Following address of the Minister students lecture was held by 4 young girls educators from medical high school “Nadezda Petrovic”.
The result of peer education project so far is impressive: 11 young trainers for a month and a half educated about 1000 students, ie. every young educator was able to pass their knowledge on the fight against doping at about 100 classmates and children. Lectures are held at elementary or secondary schools and impressions are more than satisfactory. Groups of young educators also were created in medical schools in Kragujevac and Nis, and in future will all start with lectures.
Dr Aleksandar Stamenkovic, ADAS’ DCO and assistant on the project of peer education attended the first lecture of the young antidoping educators maintain their peers, also students of this school, at the invitation of Medical school students with the boarding school “Sestre Ninkovic” – Kragujevac, who attended lectures from ADAS educators in the field of anti-doping peer education in May 2016, as well as the director of the school.
Young educators: Milica Pavic, Angela Ristivojević and Kristina Milovanovic, thirs grade students from medical school, successfully held a lecture to students of 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade of pediatric department (lecture was attended by more than 50 students).
Before and after the lecture, an interview was conducted with young educators, competent teacher, Mrs. Milanka Bulatović (present throughout the duration of education), as well as the director of the school, Mrs. Slavica Janković, who expressed desire and readiness for continuation of cooperation between their school and ADAS during the next school year.
In the secondary medical school “Nadezda Petrovic” today was held 5 lecture for a total of about 200 children from all classes of the second year. Lectures were held for the first time as part of peer education. ADAS trained 11 peer educators on the first level of the program. Dr. Marija Andjelkovic attended all lectures to support young educators in the first education.
They maintain excellent and managed to interest their peers and doping was extremely interesting topic. The Hazard of steroids were most interesting for students who listened carefully and have a lot of questions.
Lectures are planned for the next period in other primary and secondary schools.
ADAS would use this opportunity once again to thank Dr. Snezana Rajacic and school “Nadezda Petrovic” for the support they have given us and made us feel proud that our message about the danger of doping is transferred trough children, preserving the health and fair play. Just as the motto of ADAS is – BE HEALTHY, PLAY FAIR!
Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia today (February 25th) started the peer education program on the fight against doping.
The initiator of the project is Dr Snezana Rajačić in front of Medical school “Nadezda Petrovic”. ADAS immediately recognized and accepted the importance of cooperation. Students of this school where Dr. Rajačić teaches several specialized subjects, often voluntarily chosen doping as the theme of their interest.
Today we held the first meeting with 18 girls and boys who showed the initiative to participate in this program. The idea is that high school students educate about harmful effects of doping among its peers. Since this is a continuous process, the students will listen a series of lectures in order to become peer educators. That is why the candidates at the next meeting for young educators take the test of basic knowledge in the field of doping, in order to implement the first selection of those who will become teachers. During March and April, will form a group of selected students who will become educators based on their expertise and interests.
It has been shown that in these peer groups information are more easily transmitted. The fact that there is no generational barriers facilitates communication and thus the efficiency of education is higher and more effective.
Last Sunday in the Medical School “Nadezda Petrovic” second-year students made an interesting panel about doping. Inspiring visit to Sports Fair and stand Anti-Doping Agency of the Republic of Serbia, have resolved to their impressions and reflections on doping transferred to the panel which is now featured in the school hall.
The idea for this kind of peer education and the great support came from Dr. Snezana Rajacic with which ADAS cooperating for many years and regularly organizes lectures, mostly in football where Dr. Rajacic is most active. In medical school Snezana teaches hygiene, health care and pathology. Within the section of preventive medicine, which she also organizes, a billboard on doping was made and the entire action included school psychologist as well.
The students recognized how much risk doping agents carry, so they initiated work on several presentations regarding the harmfulness of anabolic steroids under the mentorship of Dr. Snezana.
ADAS would like to commend and support this type of education and to emphasize the importance of recognizing the harmfulness of doping among students.