NOORDWESTER – LICHTENBURG – With the number of problems arising daily on schoolgrounds, the J. M. Lekgetha Commercial High School embarked on an awareness that was aimed to enlighten learners about bullying, teenage pregnancy, HIV & Aids and substance abuse.
The campaign was graced by members of the Department of Health, Department of Social Development, Lichtenburg SAPS, Community Police Forum and New Beginnings Support Group. The opening presentations were done by representatives of the Department of Health, mr. Johannes Marumo who spoke firstly about teenage pregnancy by first explaining on who is categorized as a ‘teenager’.
He further shared about the existing preventative measures that can be used to avoid any unwanted pregnancies. He also outlined the different types that exist followed by their side effects and the duration the preventions can stay in one’s body. He dismissed ill-rumours about preventions. He guaranteed that they are medically safe for teens to use.
Mr. Themba Phuphuma touched on the HIV & Aids topic. He described the different ways one can be infected by the virus. He mostly emphasized that the national statistics show that most HIV & AIDS infected persons got the virus through unprotected sex.
The New Beginnings Support Group representatives, mr. Thato Mofokeng and mr. Mosimanegape Mosadi, shared about substance abuse, dangers that the different types of drugs and alcohol can have on one’s livelihood, and the adverse effects they have on society at large.
Sergeant Mashaba spoke about bullying. Thoroughly describing what it is and the types that exist. He outlined the crimes that bullying could result to and the procedure police officers follow in making arrests. He motivated learners to take care of one another and refrain from being physically aggressive towards each other. He encouraged the school management to report to the SAPS any problems relating to the possession of illegal substances and dangerous weapons in the school.
In closure, Deputy Principal, mrs. Faith Kutwane, thanked all stakeholder representatives that took their time in attending to and addressing the learners on these alarming issues.