Gangtok, 12 Aug:
A refresher training was organized yesterday by Sikkim Against Addiction Towards Healthy India (SAATHI), a project initiative under Chief Minister’s Youth Empowerment Mission at Sidlon Residency, Gangtok. Teachers from 70 Government schools attended the training.
Experts from different fields were invited as resource persons to prepare teachers better on how to handle the challenge of substance abuse among students even better.
ADGP, Sikkim Police, Akshaye Sachdeva, briefed participants about legal aspects of substance abuse, SADA and the role of police department in minimizing cases related to substance abuse.
Next, a session by Roshnila Gurung from Social Justice Empowerment & Welfare Department, Namchi, highlighted the importance of teachers and urged everyone to try and become ideal teachers.
Then, Dr. Satish Rasaily, Psychiatrist from Singtam District Hospital, explained adolescent health and importance of counselling while Nancy Chankapa, Psychologist from STNM Hospital, interacted with teachers and gave them an idea on how they should handle such cases at the school level.
An interactive session was also held wherein teachers shared their experience and ideas with each other and Dr. Satyadeep S. Chhetri explained the importance of SAATHI and how it functions at the school level.
He also explained the various reasons leading to addiction and specially mentioned the Icelandic model which is one of the most successful initiatives taken by any country. He further explained the role of teacher coordinators and why it was important to save or prevent children from the menace of substance abuse.
The program ended with a vote of thanks from the SAATHI team and certificate distribution by ADGP Sachdeva. Earlier, Tempo Bhutia, president, SAATHI, welcomed the participants and briefed them about the program.