Engela JPS wins substance abuse awareness competition

Engela Junior Primary School (JPS) won the Substance Abuse Poster Creative Competition held between it and Oshikango Combined School (CS) and Ponhofi Senior Secondary School (SSS) at Oshikango in the Ohangwena Region on Friday.

The Engela JPS won the competition for designing the best creative posters, bearing informative drug and alcohol abuse awareness messages, while the learners from Phonhofi SSS were in the second position.

Social Workers from the Engela District Hospital, headed by Naomi Kamodzi, hosted the event at Oshikango CS to continually create awareness on social ills caused by drug and alcohol abuse, as well as to commemorate a belated International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

We create awareness on the danger of substance abuse through this activity and the more we do awareness we see slight improvement and more children learning about the consequences of substances usage, Kamodzi said, whilst speaking to Nampa on the side-lines of the event.

She pointed out that the event is held at Oshikango on the grounds that several parents from the area visited the Social Welfare office at Engela Hospital reporting their children, especially those of 18 years and above, becoming victims of drug and/or alcohol abuse.

Some of the parents, Kamodzi said, brought to the Social Welfare office their children, who are affected by the abuse of alcohol and drugs, for assistance.

According to her, Engela Hospital social workers conduct awareness on abuse of substances by reaching out to schools in the region every after three months per year and they take Life Skills teachers as their links to schools.

An intern social worker from the University of Namibia (Unam), Felistas Vumba, spearheaded the organisation of the Oshikango event and she was supported by other social workers such as Linea Kapofi and Tuyenikelao Julius.

The event started with a street march within Oshikango

Source: Namibia Press Agency