Anti-drug drive a huge success

2015-09-10 06:00

Pupils from six different school received certificates after going through a 16 hour programme. Photo by Lindile Mbontsi

Pupils from six different school received certificates after going through a 16 hour programme. Photo by Lindile Mbontsi

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More than 80 pupils were awarded certificates after they underwent peer educator capacity building training in Site B, Khayelitsha on Saturday.

The pupils were given training by the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.

Six kasi schools took part in the training.

Trainer Mnoneleli Ndlangalavu said they targeted young pupils who didn’t use drugs so they could reach out to their peers. “These kids need to know that life is a choice and you make your own decisions. We work with kids so they can speak to their peers and be able to assist them. If they know a child who uses drugs, they can refer them to their teachers. The teachers will then talk to the kids’ parents so that they can be helped as soon as possible,” said Mnoneleli.

Mnoneleli added that drugs had four stages – experiment, occasional user, regular user and dependency.

He urged parents to take responsibility for their kids and to always monitor their behaviour.

Siphe Notsonono (16), a grade 11 pupil at Matthew Goniwe High School, said the training taught them things they did not know about drugs.

“I have learnt a lot during the training. Now I’ll be able to warn other kids about the dangers of drugs

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