The meeting was in line with the ongoing measures to fight and prevent abuse of drugs in schools as one of the ways to neutralize the market of drug dealers.
The meeting at the City Hall chaired by the vice mayor in Charge of Socio-Economic Affairs, Nadine Umutoni Gatsinzi and attended by Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorette Umutesi, the Police spokesperson of the Central Region and Dynamo Ndacyayisenga from Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC).
It brought together heads and representatives of Ecole Belge de Kigali, Ecole Congolaise and Ecole Francaise, among others.
“Drug abuse is still a big threat, and is harmful especially to young people including those in schools. It is a serious hindrance to their education and future. This is the reason for this meeting to take joint measures as leaders and mentors to protect these young people from the scourge, both in their schools and respective communities, where they are targeted by drug dealers,” Umutoni said.
School administrators and teachers, she said, equally have the duty of ensuring that they deter students from abusing drugs and those who abuse them be identified so as to be rehabilitated.
Dynamo Ndacyayisenga from RBC, on his part, tackled the consequences of abusing narcotics especially those classified as hard drugs like heroin, cocaine and cannabis.
“These drugs have serious side effect to the brains of the abuser. These are dangerous drugs whose consequences can be manifested quickly,” said Ndacyayisenga.
He appealed to heads of schools and teachers to take steps in supplementing national efforts to protect the young people from drugs and own the campaign in their respective schools.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorette Umutesi, the Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, said that abuse of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances is one of the major causes for other crimes like theft, family conflict, GBV, child abuse including teenage pregnancy.
Burasa Jean Maurice, the head-teacher of Ecole Congolaise, said that the meeting was fruitful as they were reminded of their duty as mentors and urged to contribute to efforts against drugs, starting in their respective schools.
“As it has been mentioned on cases of drug abuse in our schools, it comes back to us as teachers on what we should do to make sure that such abuses never happens again and to guide our students to a better future,” Burasa said.