4,000 students sensitized on dangers of abusing drugs
During the separate awareness campaigns held on May 17, students were enlightened on different types of psychotropic substances that include narcotics like cannabis and illicit drinks, which are commonly consumed.
In Nyagatare, the campaign was held at Groupe Scolaire Ryabega and drew 1825 students teaching and non teaching staff, who were urged to incorporate fighting, use and sale of psychotropic substances as part of their curriculum.
“Youth constitute the biggest number of people who abuse drugs yet they have the ability to fight these drugs, this is why we are urging you to come on board and we collectively eliminate these drugs,” Inspector of Police (IP) Jean Claude Kaburabuza,
The District Community Liaison Officer of Nyagatare, said.“Education and drug abuse don’t mix. As young and able people you have a big role to play in crime prevention through community policing,” he added.
The youth, through their different policing forums, have been credited for championing anti-crime awareness, including fighting drug abuse.
During the campaign at of Groupe Scolaire Ryabega, students were also tutored on major crimes like child abuse, human trafficking and Gender base violence, among others.
The school headmaster, Constant Gatare thanked RNP for the rich, educative and blending message that guides students.
The school, he said, will carry on with the campaign against drug abuse and trafficking in person within the school.
Students interacted with the police officers and were also educated on possible measures of crime prevention.
Similar messages were also echoed in Kirambo Primary School, Gakoni Polytechnic and Groupe Scolaire Nduba in Burera Gatsibo and Gasabo districts respectively, where students established anti-crime clubs as well.
Currently, there are close to 1000 anti-crime clubs established in various schools countrywide.