IYF steps in to help students fight drug abuse
By Express News Service | Published: 15th September 2017 10:31 PM |
HYDERABAD: Worried about the rising number of cases in which students were found peddling and abusing drugs or falling prey to dangerous online games in which they resort to self-harm, the Telangana State Council for Higher Education (TSCHE) has decided to rope in experts from International Youth Fellowship (IYF) to help youngsters overcome challenges they face and succeed in life. TSCHE also inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Research and Education in Social Integration and HR Development, in the city on Friday to facilitate systematic professional development and leadership training programmes in the all varsities of the state.
Besides students of high and elementary schools and colleges, cops, officials of the education department, principals will also be sensitised and out through the mindset education training. Stating that character education and mindset empowerment has become imperative in the wake of the recent events, TSCHE chairman Prof T Papi Reddy said “Mind education is important to develop mental toughness in the students. It is because of this that youngsters are falling prey to ills like addiction and suicide. According to the MoU, students of all schools and colleges in the state will be imparted the mind empowerment lectures to allow them to understand that they need to care for their lives and cope with depression among other things,” he said. He also hinted at making it a part of the curriculum at a later stage.
Papi Reddy also has a word of advice for parents who he thought should give freedom to their child but with restraint. He added that it was important for parents to involve themselves in their child’s life to keep tabs on their activities.CRESI-HRD executive director Dong Yeop Kim said that he was delighted to associate with India, a country, where he sees potential. Unlike other countries, he said Indians believe in inculcating values. “And this gives us hope that changing the negative mindset of the young people here will not be a problem. We also have vast experience and have positively contributed to numerous societies all around the world,” he said. The officials highlighted that the effort was to cover all aspects of life and find a solution for them by training the mind to think positively. “We may come from different backgrounds and face different issues but the bottom line is that we all have a heart that’s similar,” Kim said.