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Substance abuse & juvenile gangs challenge confront Kiphire district

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 29: Kiphire district is said to be currently facing challenges related to substance abuse and juvenile gangs involving dropout children.
According to a press release issued by the Development Authority of Nagaland (DAN) on Saturday, this particular concern was shared by Livi Awomi, the Coordinator of Childline Kiphire, during a consultative meeting on promotion of Children’s Parliament in Kiphire district held at Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall on October 27.
“He stated that the academic-centric orientation of the institutions is affecting the children in many ways. The children do not get adequate avenues to develop their skills and talents, making the students timid and withdrawn”, the press release stated.
Awomi also suggested that sexual health education be imparted among the students “as this topic is the need for many adolescents”. He requested that the Children’s Parliament be introduced to other Sub-Divisions in the district as well.
Wati Aier, DC, Kiphire, noted that the Children’s Parliament is a great platform to nurture leadership skills and democratic values among the children. He said that it is important for stakeholders to collaborate and co-operate to provide opportunities for the children and enhance their skills through guided interactions with the Departments and organisations in the district.
He said that the Departments and the organisations should work towards providing opportunities for the children to represent the groups at the State and national level. He also extended his full cooperation for the programmes in the district and suggested that the initiative can be introduced in the schools with the help from District Education Officer.
Rev. Fr. Philip Magh, Principal of Loyola HSS, Kiphire, also shared his experience with the Children’s Parliament, noting that students who have been part of the Children’s Parliament show improvement in their leadership skills and confidence.
Rolila Sangtam, Centre Administrator of Sakhi One Stop Centre, stressed that community level programmes and events could be organised for the awareness and sensitisation of the people in the district.
(Page News Service)