Learners at primary schools within the Modimolle area are targeted by the drug-free education advocates Organisation Hands On. Photo supplied

Truth about drugs


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Organisation Hands On (OHO) in partnership with the Foundation for a Drug Free World www.drugfreeworld.org is spearheading the most comprehensive non-governmental drug education and prevention program of its kind, developed to fight against rapid increase in the use and abuse of drugs.

The recent session was held at the local Hector Peterson Primary School on Thursday, 1 June after the initiative was kick-started with a visit at Dagbreek Primary School about three weeks ago. 

“There are many talks about drugs in the world — on the streets, at school, on the internet and TV. Some of it is true, some not,” said the chairperson of OHO Ronnie Makgetha.

The purpose of this program is to reach young people with a drug-free message, to empower young people with factual-information about commonly abused drugs in their areas of residence and new researched information as drugs evolve.

Makgetha said this program will help young people to know the truth about drugs and the consequences of using them, so they can make informed decisions and live drug free. 

“No one, especially youth and teenagers, likes to be lectured to about what he or she can or cannot do. Thus, we provide facts that empower the youth and prompt them to choose not to use drugs in the first place,” he continued.

Makgetha said this program is premised on the fact that if you inform a child with the truth about drugs, they are more likely to make the correct decision about drugs and come to that decision on their own. 

He said the program consists of a full semester lesson-plan that learners can join, which popularizes drug-free living.

“In a world awash with drugs, dealers pull no punches, and neither do we,” he concluded.

12 months ago       08 June 2017