Parents learn about dangers of alcohol abuse in children


26-July-2013

A large number of parents turned up for the meeting

Education principal secretary Merida Delcy made these comments this week during a meeting with parents of students of the Belonie, La Rosière and Bel Eau primary schools as well as the Belonie secondary school. 

The meeting, which is the third in a series of meetings organised by the Ministry of Education, was held at the Baha’i centre at Bel Air in the presence of the Minister for Social Affairs, Community Development and Sports Vincent Meriton and principal secretary for social development Linda William-Melanie and other ministry officials from the Ministry of Education.

A large crowd of parents made the effort to attend the meeting aimed at discussing problems the schools are facing, especially with alcohol and other substance abuse.

“The most common use of alcohol by the youth are the spirits, for example ‘Pti Ponm’ as it is commonly known, and this represents a major challenge for parents as well as the schools as the students are affected academically,” Mrs Delcy told the parents.

Principal secretary William-Melanie also stated that we need to understand the context of life we are living in now in order for us to understand the children.

Dr Daniella Malulu gave an elaborated presentation on the dangers of alcohol drinking in children and how their body and brain development is impaired with its effects.
Recommendations were also shared with parents in regards to the symposium held against the fight of alcohol.

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