Rwanda National Police (RNP) campaign to raise awareness against crimes was extended to students of Groupe Scolaire Kiziguro on February 26.
The campaign was conducted jointly with Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP), a youthful group that has nearly 300, 000 members across the country, with… of them in Kayonza alone.
According to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Police spokesperson for the Eastern region, the campaign will continue in other schools.
“This is a human security outreach exercise that looks at physical security focusing mainly on major pressing issues that affect the young people like illicit drugs and teenage pregnancies, but also other aspects of security related to child rights, healthy and proper feeding,” CIP Twizeyimana said.
About 70 percent of people arrested in drug related crimes are the young people aged between 18 and 35 years.
Thousands of people addicted to drugs currently under rehabilitation in different centres across the country are the youth, who are either supposed to be in school or in the labourforce.
The Youth Volunteers are equally a driving force in human security activities through anti-crime awareness, actively engaging in the customary social cohesion traditionally known as umugoroba w’ababyeyi and educating communities on proper feeding for good health, child protection, family planning and the ongoing ‘Girl2Leader’ campaign.
Reports indicate that the number of teen mothers is high in the districts of Gatsibo, Nyagatare, Kirehe, Bugesera, Gasabo, Rubavu, Kayonza, Musanze, Ngoma and Rwamagana.
Launched early last month, Girl2Leader campaign seeks to encourage girls to unlock their leadership potential and to bring together different public and private institutions, parents, children, youth, leaders, teachers and the general public to prevent and combat teen pregnancies and defilement in particular.