The intensified awareness programmes against crimes in schools in Rubavu District were on October 13 extended to Group Scolaire de Muhato where over 1500 students were reminded of their role through partnership with police, to create a crime free environment.
The awareness is conducted by police and Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing in Rubavu.
Inspector of Police (IP) Solange Nyiraneza, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Rubavu, while addressing the students, embarked on the need for active participation by each and everyone especially against drugs which affects mostly the young generation.
The campaign was also attended by Jean Rukirande from Organization for the Youth Empowerment and Strive (OYES), the coordinator of the youth volunteers’ forum in Rubavu, Jean Bosco Rwibasira and members of Amahoro – an anti-drug abuse club of Mbugangali Cell in Gisenyi Sector.
The students were enlightened on the ill-effects of abusing illicit drugs and penalties for anyone caught in the act.
IP Nyiraneza reminded the students that end results of abusing drugs is dropping out of school out of influence, luring them into other crimes like, and arrest to face justice.
“You have probably seen some of your colleagues, fellow youth or other people who abuse drugs, how they ended up. This shouldn’t define you; you have the ability to end the scourge of drug abuse by refraining and report those involved in your communities,” IP Nyiraneza told the youth.
The coordinator of youth volunteers, Rwibasira enlightened them on the origin and responsibilities of the organization in community policing and urged them to join then for “one voice” to make impact.
He also urged them to form or join anti-crime clubs through which they put ideas together in fighting and preventing all sorts of crimes and standing up for their rights as children.
The campaign also tackled issues related to unwanted pregnancies.