Drug-Free Club Organisation Gambia (DFCOG) today on Saturday 4th February launched Mbullum Ahmadiya Upper and Senior Secondary School chapter with help from Drug Law Enforcement Agency – The Gambia (DLEAG) in North Bank Region.
The school-based club will be used as an advocacy tool to sensitive and advocate for a drug-free school and a drug-free community.
Mr Muhammad Y. Keita, a senior teacher who spoke on behalf of the school management welcome the initiative as it will help greatly in the fight against substance abuse by young. He hailed the efforts of DFCOG for their partnership and collaboration with support from the Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
Mr Baboucarr Saine teacher coordinator of the club stated that the club will be an advocacy group to share and teach students relevant information about drugs and related matters.
He called on members of the club to make use of the opportunity and participate fully in its activities.
Sheikh Manneh, Communication the Drug-Free Club Organisation -The Gambia said having drug-free clubs in schools is aimed to control the effects of drugs on society including school-going children and out-of-school youth since drug abuse is projected to increase by 11% by 2030 and Africa is projected by 40%.
He said with such an initiative it will help greatly in reducing the number of abusers in society. Add that his organization in partnership with Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Gambia will build the capacity of members of the clubs and teachers alike as well as come up with a lot of academic programs and other activities which are expected to add value to the students.
He encouraged students who are yet to register with the club to do so before they start rolling out their programmes.
The program was punctuated with a short drama on drugs and poems by students of the school.