KIGALI - After launching clubs to prevent drug abuse in institutions of higher learning, Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) has also extended the campaign to secondary schools.
Through its Anti Drug Abuse Club (ADAC-KIE), in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports (MIJESPOC) and the police, the programme will first be activated in 35 schools selected in 15 districts.
During the launch of the new campaign that attracted students from various schools, the chairman of the ADAC-KIE, Joseph Mushikirano, said that although there are no statistics to determine the level of drug abuse in schools, police statistics indicate that many cases have been reported.
“We want to encourage preventive measures so that students take part in the fight, especially after sensitizing them on the effects of using drugs, not only to their academic performance, but also to their health,” Mushikirano said.
He added that the pilot project will cover districts which are most affected by drug trafficking, singling out Gicumbi, Rubavu, Muhanga and Kayonza, among others.
Speaking to students, some admitted that cases of drug abuse have been identified in their schools, adding that the move is timely and will supplement schools’ efforts in the fight.
“I joined the school this year, but I was told that last year, police arrested some students for using drugs which also forced the administration to come up with strict measures in ensuring such cases do not occur again,” said Richard Muhinda, a student at Alliance High School.
Speaking on behalf of the national police, Spt. Benoit Nsengiyumva, called upon students to take personal responsibility in protecting themselves and others.
“We cannot afford to have a police officer for everyone. But working together as students, will enable you to report these cases to authorities and this will help in protecting you,” Nsengiyumva said.