The Youth Leadership Training Programme was opened at the Sedona Hotel in Yangon yesterday morning, which aims to
raise awareness of the dangers of drugs and alcohol among the country’s young people.
Sixty YLTP trainees will launch the “Driven by Passion: Substance Use Prevention Task Force” campaign from 22-28 January.
The YLTP was organised by Association for Healthy Adolescent Development (AHEAD), Teens and Drams Youth Network, and AMN Youth Network of Mandalay. Moreover, UNICEF will provide necessary technical help and financial aid during the programme.
This campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse across the country, especially in Yangon, Mandalay, Mawlamyine and Taunggyi.
“They will launch a campaign in order to give awareness to the dangers of drinking and taking narcotic drugs among the young people who live in Hlaing Thar Yar and North-Dagon. In the training programme, we will educate them with three objectives which are, one, to know the preventive measures, two, to understand the menace and dangers, and three, to educate victims by using effective means”, said Dr. Yu Yu Aung, the UNICEF Program Director.
All the trainees are university students between the ages of 16 and 22. The organisers chose trainees who can devote ample time to the programme.
Students have to undergo eight days of extensive training by many trainers from UNICEF, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and doctors from mental health hospitals. This programme was mainly sponsored by the Driven by Passion Network (DPN).
Similarly, some 230 youths will participate in this programme, which will launch in Yangon, Mandalay, Taunggyi and Mawlamyine from January 22-28. They intend to educate 80,000 students between 10 to 15 years old, she added.
“Being a member of Teens and Drams, I am determined to tackle the use of drugs among the young people. I attended another training programme which had lasted 12 days. As a result, I came to know more about anatomy and the danger of narcotic drugs. I had to study and examine the children who live in Hlaingtharyar and go to Mental Health Hospital to study drug-addicts. Thanks to this training, I gained self-confidence and dare to speak in front of the public”, said Ma Aye Eaindray Maung, an IR student at Yangon University.
Maung Kaung Zarni Naing, a student of Yangon Technological University said, “I attend this programme to fight against the use of drugs, which can be harmful to our societies. I also joined similar training last year. I think I can help my country in one way or another. As for me, I will refrain from using narcotic drugs and, am trying to raise awareness of the danger of drugs among our society”.
By Ye Khaung Nyunt