By Amos Muang Nsah
The Social Action Service of Lycée General Leclerc – Yaounde, in collaboration with UNICEF, organized a workshop at the campus of the institution to sensitize students on the consequences of drug consumption and violence in the school milieu within the covid-19 context.
During the opening ceremony of the workshop that held on Thursday December 16, 2021, the head of the Social Action Service, Mireille Veronique Mendeng thanked UNICEF and the school administration for supporting the organization of the campaign.
“Since taking over office, we have been working on a daily basis to make sure that our students are aware of the dangers of drug abuse and violence in schools, whether individual or collective efforts. It is clear that acts of violence are increasing within the establishment, despite all the measures taken by the administration to this end. Hence this desire to sound the alarm bell and arouse real awareness among students through this mass campaign,” she said.
Representing the principal, Catherine Menye, said that the youth and school milieus have been greatly affected by exogenous factors (social media and drug consumption).
“This can be verified through the recent videos that have been circulating on social media showing students involved in barbaric acts”, she argued.
To her, the holding of an awareness campaign of this nature is certainly going to reverse the trend.
Amada Fouda, a student of 4eme, said the workshop was quite interesting as they we reminded of the dangers of consuming drugs.
“The type of friends we make in school, determines our future. We were asked to avoid bad friends and not to imitate what others do. I am going to carefully choose my friends.” The student told us.
More than 500 students took part in the sensitization campaign.
Apart from demonstrating to the students the harmful effects of drugs used, the workshop was also organized to raise awareness about the covid-19 pandemic and vaccination as a means of protection.