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Peer Educators 27 May 2009
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Young parents go back to school

Over the past decade the charity Straight Talking has persuaded several hundred young parents who left the education system early on to conquer their fears and re-enter school, this time as "peer educators", running five week practical courses on the perils and pitfalls of early parenthood. For possibly the first time in their lives these young mothers and fathers earn a salary and may even be given driving lessons, but they also have to cope with all the practicalities of working life such as organising their own childcare whilst they work. For Woman's Hour, Caroline Swinburne went to meet Jane and Gennie, who became mothers in their teens, to see them hosting a workshop at Oxted School in Surrey and to discuss their experiences of getting involved in the scheme.

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