Malawi Girl Guides Association (Magga) has condemned parents who abuse alcohol, saying the behaviour influences the youths who emulate it, in the process, affecting their future.
Chief commissioner for Magga, Mary Ngwale, said this on Tuesday in Lilongwe during an annual campaign against drug and alcohol abuse which was held at Traditional Authority (T/A) Chiseka headquarters.
She said: “When parents drink excessively, it influences youths to emulate. But this is bad for youths’ education. The aim of our campaign is to sensitise community members to reduce supply and demand of alcohol and drugs in the area.”
Bar owners present during the campaign pledged their support, saying they will not allow minors to access beer in their bars.
Primary education adviser for the zone, Backson Sokoloku said Magga’s project has helped them on how to campaign against alcohol abuse among parents and youths in Chiseka zone.
“There are rules in all schools that prohibit the use of drug and alcohol abuse in the zone. The rules are well written and pasted in classrooms.
T/A Chiseka pledged to help Magga in sensitising his community against excessive alcohol consumption. n