Serowe students warned against alcohol and drugs

Serowe community came together to sensitise school children from the village and surrounding areas about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse in a workshop held at Lady Khama community hall early this week.

Three students were selected from 12 schools to go through an alcoholism treatment and they were expected to go back and teach their peers in their respective schools.

In his welcome address, Kgosi Dikgakgamatso Kebailele warned the students about the ‘wide and straight road’ which he said leads to accidents, failures and death.

“I used to drink but I realized that it led me to make many mistakes and I quit. I would insult people and didn’t respect elders. I’m happy that you are being warned against these evils and if you keep the words you get from here then no harm shall come your way,” said the chief.

Explaining the purpose of the workshop, Serowe Police Station Commander, Superintendent Patrick Mbikiwa said the community was troubled by the students who were getting drunk and stoned.

He further said a safe and secure nation would be achieved by getting the youth from drugs.

The cop said; “You are still growing and these substances will destroy you. Addicted students can escape from school to go and indulge. Your lungs will be damaged, your heart will be weak and you be fatigued all the time while your capacity will be reduced and you will experience hallucinations.”

Other speakers at the interactive workshop included representatives of the church, hospital, prison and social welfare.

The theme of the one day workshop was ‘raising youth from alcohol and drugs, an opportunity to achieve a safe and secure nation by 2016.

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