NACADA Launches Essay Competition to Combat Drug Abuse Among Kenyan Students

NACADA in Kenya launches essay contest for students to tackle substance abuse, aiming to cultivate a culture of sobriety and responsible decision-making among the nation's youth.

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NACADA Launches Essay Competition to Combat Drug Abuse Among Kenyan Students

NACADA Launches Essay Competition to Combat Drug Abuse Among Kenyan Students

The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) in Kenya has declared a contest for students. The competition, themed 'The Challenge of Substance Use: Building a Sober Nation Together,' seeks to engage students in the fight against the growing problem of substance abuse.

Students are invited to submit handwritten essays of 800-1000 words on one of six provided topics related to alcohol and drug use prevention. The essay entry forms are available on the NACADA website, with a submission deadline of May 30, 2024. The top performing students will be recognized and awarded during the World Drugs Day celebrations on June 26, 2024.

Why this matters: Drug and alcohol abuse among students is a serious issue in Kenya, with far-reaching consequences for individuals, families, and society as a whole. By engaging students directly in the conversation and encouraging them to think critically about prevention strategies, NACADA aims to cultivate a culture of sobriety and responsible decision-making among the nation's youth.

NACADA CEO Victor Okioma emphasized the importance of the competition, stating, "We believe that by involving students in the fight against alcohol and drug abuse, we can create a lasting impact and build a stronger, healthier nation. Their voices and ideas are essential in shaping effective prevention strategies."

The essay competition is part of NACADA's ongoing efforts to combat substance abuse in Kenya, which include public awareness campaigns, community outreach programs, and partnerships with schools and other organizations. The authority hopes that by engaging students directly, it can foster a new generation of leaders committed to building a sober and prosperous nation.

Key Takeaways

  • NACADA in Kenya announces essay contest on substance abuse prevention
  • Students to submit 800-1000 word essays by May 30, 2024
  • Top students to be recognized during World Drugs Day on June 26, 2024
  • Contest aims to engage students in fight against drug and alcohol abuse
  • Part of NACADA's efforts to combat substance abuse in Kenya