Students Listenership Forum (SLF) Takes Bold Steps Against Drug Abuse in Pujehun District with Support from Street Child Sierra Leone
In a determined effort to combat the rising issue of drug abuse, specifically the concerning surge of “Kush,” the Students Listenership Forum (SLF) in Pujehun District, with support from Street Child Sierra Leone, launched a school tour focused on highlighting the dangers of substance abuse.
Alhaji Mashalat Sheriff, SLF Pujehun District’s District Coordinator, underscored the forum’s commitment as a community-based organization founded by young Sierra Leoneans, advocating for children’s rights, responsibilities, and youth empowerment.
Sheriff revealed that the tour, spanning from November 6th to November 14th, targeted six selected secondary schools in Pujehun district. This initiative complements SLF’s ongoing efforts, encompassing educational activities, child protection, and youth empowerment.
Expressing concern over the escalating instances of drug abuse, particularly Kush consumption, Sheriff mentioned engaging with school pupils during assembly hours to educate them about the associated health risks.
Calling for collaboration, he urged the government, NGOs, and stakeholders to support SLF in its mission to address critical issues affecting children and youth in the district.
Kadietu Yame Conteh, District Coordinator for Street Child Sierra Leone Pujehun Branch, commended SLF’s proactive stance against drug abuse, emphasizing the importance of community-driven initiatives in safeguarding the well-being of young individuals.
Abdulai Ibharim Massaquoi, Principal of the Smart Start Academy for Science and Technology in Yonni town, praised SLF’s efforts, recognizing the positive impact on the community. He expressed appreciation for the forum’s commitment to creating awareness and fostering a drug-free environment for students.
As SLF continues its crucial work, collaboration with Street Child Sierra Leone and support from various stakeholders remains essential in addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by children and youth in Pujehun district.