Drug awareness hype in Site C

2016-06-16 06:00
 Learners at Intlanganiso High School in Site C were advised to abstain from drugs during the substance abuse awareness event at the school.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Learners at Intlanganiso High School in Site C were advised to abstain from drugs during the substance abuse awareness event at the school. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Intlanganiso High School in Site C is tackling the drugs scourge with added gusto, what with the learners leading the fight from the front.

On Tuesday the school launched its substance abuse awareness campaign day with the learners spearheading the event.

The event was organised by the school’s peer educator project which aims to empower other learners.

Zikhona Malgas, the project manager at the school said: “The department has found out that learners readily accept information from their peers. We need the learners to spread good information in order to fight social ills such as teen pregnancy, substance abuse and bullying.

Currently we have around 20 learners who are part of the peer education project and it is they who addressed the learners about the dangers of substance abuse,”.

The organisors also invited Nicro, SAPS, the education department’s schools’ safety project and social development to be part of the day.

Malgas affirmed their stance against substance abuse as a continuing effort.

“This is just the beginning, we are continuing with such activities to involve the learners. In our communities and schools, we are facing a serious challenge of drug abuse and violence as the result.

If we have enough young people denouncing the use of such substances, we can make a big impact,” said Malgas.

Members of Nicro’s Safety Ambassador programme which also gets the young people to be the change agents in schools, Sihle Nconjana, said that this was the perfect platform to start the change of mind.

“We have to spread the message to the learners that drugs are not as cool as they think they are. Some use them to get away from the problems at home or school but in reality makes it even worse. Drugs don’t solve anything but they just add to your problems,” said Nconjana.

He said that young people needed to learn that it was their choice whether or not they used substances and that they shouldn’t succumb to negative peer pressure.

Another speaker at the event Khaya Noveve from the safety school program told the learners that they were there to assist them.

“ If you have a problem don’t be afraid to come to us for assistance. We know that drug abuse is a problem in our skills and we are here to help you.”

Malgas said that their activities will continue and they were working towards integration key learner stakeholders such as SRC and others such as SAPS in their work.

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