KUCHING, August 3: Sarawak Energy held a drug awareness campaign that benefitted 300 children from 10 primary and secondary schools in Kapit recently.
The campaign, held in collaboration with Kapit Education office and SMK Kapit 1, touched on drug, cigarette and inhalant abuse as well as its consequences. This programme was in line with Sarawak Energy’s corporate social responsibility initiatives to promote health and safety awareness among school children.
The speakers were officers from the National Anti-Drug Agency (Sibu) and the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Division (Kapit).
“Civic and anti-drug education programmes should be conducted regularly to combat drug problems in schools. Schools are supposed to be a place to educate young people and to instil positive values to keep them away from drugs and social issues,” Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang said when launching the programme.
Sarawak Energy covering manager (Community Relation) Augustine Supen Taja and SMK Kapit 1 principal Azlinda Mohd Nor were present.
Sarawak Energy’s assistant general manager (CSR and Sustainability) Jiwari Abdullah said the corporation was committed in supporting education for youth in both academic and social aspects.
“We believe more people are realising that substance addiction has no place in the society, and this affects everybody.
“To promote a healthy lifestyle, Sarawak Energy would continue to work with the community and relevant agencies to implement youth development programme,” he assured.
Students who attended the one-day programme were from SMK Kapit, SMK Kapit 2, SMK Selirik, SMK Baleh, SK Methodist, SK Sungai Amang, SK Kampung Baru, SJK (C) Hock Lam, SK Kapit and SK Sungai Kapit. Many of them found the programme useful.
Delyna Jembu from SMK Selirik said she gained a lot of new information and knowledge from the talk. SMK Kapit student Boniface Luyoh expressed his excitement on being part of the `Pembimbing Rakan Sebaya (PRS)’ programme — a school curricular club where students are chosen as role models in providing mental, social or emotional assistance to those in need.
He believed friends play an important role in influencing the action of another. — DayakDaily