Nitesh R Pradhan
Gangtok, Feb 17
Stakeholders from various sections particularly the education sector gathered at Saramsa of SAATHI’s three day annual meet conducting various programs highlighting the importance of an addiction free Sikkim.
Many stakeholders working in de-addiction programs have expressed deep satisfaction in SAATHI coming forward as a responsible partner in bringing de-addiction to the schools and among the young.
SAATHI has trained teachers and students in many schools as counselors so that students having addiction to substance abuse can directly contact whoever they are comfortable to share their problem.
Prahlad Sharma, Principal, Senior Secondary School, Mamring stated that there has de-stigmatized students and teachers to freely discuss the problems and seek for a solution.
“We see addiction now as a disease and not as crime,” he said.
He added that peer educators among students have played a prime role in being able to give other students a friendly atmosphere to discuss and seek solutions to addiction.
Many students have joined SAATHI movement today.
They stated that addiction is a problem among the young today and said that they have joined the movement to help friends who have lost out on life due to their addiction to substance abuse.
Pragya Satapathy, Founder, The Accelerator, a career counselling and coaching centre has thanked SAATHI for bringing different stakeholders together and bringing addiction as the center of discourse among the education fraternity.
She stated that along with career counselling, her organization will continue to guide students to realize their full potential and help those who are struggling to find a way forward to kill the menace of addiction among the youths.
SAATHI has a presence in over 100 schools across the state.
Robin Sewa, one of the organisers stated that the organization can be contacted through their Facebook page for schools and students to be a part of such a movement.
SAATHI regularly conducts programs across schools awaring students on many aspects of addiction and substance abuse subsequently de-stigmatizing society about those affected to give them a new lease of life.