Peer support workshops in Petar Lekovic Primary School

Students who have learning difficulties can often feel lonely, isolated, and rejected. Peer support may have great power and sometimes gives better results than teacher strategies.

We tried to apply for peer support with younger students - 3rd and 4th grade. After the workshop was organized by the school counselor, the students were divided into pairs. Weaker students got their own peer mentor, who regularly helped them with homework at school and online. Students studied with their mentors for school exams, but they also socialized more intensively and got to know each other better.

The aim of this activity is to encourage supportive peer experiences, to develop empathy, compassion, and care for others, and to promote an inclusive attitude among peers. Also, it should increase motivation to learn, encourage curiosity and perseverance and create original ideas.

2 girls presenting a poster in a classroom