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Parents and school officials have discussed harmful effects of alcohol in minors


Jun 4, 2021

CIBITOKE June 4th (ABP) – The NGO “Youth Christian Solidarity for Peace and Childhood” (SOJPAE) has organized since Wednesday, June 2 in the headquarters of Cibitoke province, meetings with stakeholders in the education of school children, to discuss the harmful effects of alcoholism in underage children.

This involves capacity building for parents and school officials as part of its project called ‘Yaga’, aimed at encouraging parent-child dialogue at home and at school, according to the facilitators of the exchanges.

For the project coordinator, David Ninganza, parents and school officials must have good friendships with their teenage and young children, which promotes dialogue with them and communication.

The same manager calls on parents to start a dialogue with their children very early on all subjects in general and on alcohol consumption in particular.

He added that it is also necessary to do self-criticism because the child internalizes the image of his/her parents or educator.

The SOJPAE coordinator asks parents and educators to communicate with their children with simple and clear language, and to avoid complicated contours or turns.

Mr. Ninganza urged parents and educators to know their educated before qualifying them in a way or another. The importance of dialogues with those minors builds trust with them, he stressed.

Thus, eleven questions were at the center of the discussions on June 2 between the school directors and the parents’ representatives.

These include: why the minor consumes alcohol before age?; signs that show the child has taken alcohol; the value of dialogues between parents and children; getting to know the children; the opportune moment to interact with the children; talk with their children; responsible consumption; create good friendships with young and adolescent children; what to do in front of a minor who is already drinking alcohol; what to do if the young person or adolescent receives alcohol from family members, what to do for the child who is getting supply from outside his/her family.

For the participants, a named Jean Marie Ntahiraja expressed his satisfaction with that training, which taught them how to dialogue with children, and how to get minors to make concerted decisions for their better future.