“I don’t fit in”, “I am not cool”- new predicament, we hear among youngsters today.
Adolescence is a tender period in life, where molding minds and habits is easier than any other age. This is the time when teenagers are trying to fit in; fit in the ways and lifestyle of other people, so that they could be socially accepted. This abstraction to be socially desirable is so profound that teenagers most of the times do not give a moment of thought to the lifestyle they are trying to tune into.
This has paved a way for alcohol, drugs and cigarettes to easily slip into the lives of the youngsters. Teenagers are very agreeable, they accept and are exciting to try new things and they delve into substances. Eventually, occasional users turn to abusers to finally addicts. The technological advancement has not only provided addictions in form of e-cigarettes, but also in the shape of social media. Addictions in various ways affect our mental, physical and emotional health which further affects our decision making capacities.
While growing up when young minds are developing and are preparing for their and country’s bright future, their mental and emotional wellbeing is crucial. And, Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) under its banner Bodh has recognized this plight of youth and is incessantly working towards their better and informed future.
This workshop is not merely focused on dispensing knowledge of crisis of drug addiction in youth; rather the prime objective is to provide them with solutions. The solutions that will bring the change from within by strengthening the will power of an addict.
Bodh has been conducting “SAY NO WORKSHOPS” in different schools and colleges across India and Nepal to make students aware of the pernicious consequences of substance abuse. Various activities, plays, skits and lectures form an integral part of the “SAY NO WORKSHOP”. These workshops motivate students, teachers and school staff to dismiss any offer of the substances and keep the school environment free from any usage of drug abuse. At the same time, with these workshops students are encouraged to make informed decisions for themselves and their family and friends. These workshops highlight the negative impacts of drugs and alcohol on personal lives and the society and how people eventually fall down in the vicious spirals of addictions.
In the month of January, preachers and volunteers at Bodh, DJJS conducted these workshops in more than 50 schools across the country and interacting with more than 19,361 students and school staff.
1. Jodhpur, Rajasthan: About 60 people participated in these workshops where they were informed about various aspects of drug addiction and alcoholism. Students interacted with volunteers of the workshop as they were curious to know more about how they could help people who are addicts and other friends. Teachers were also encouraged to be informed of student changing behavior so that they could help children before they are in the grips of any kind of addiction.
2. Meerut, Uttar Pradesh: DJJS volunteers conducted this workshop in Bhagwati College in Meerut addressing 460 students and staff. The preachers emphasized on the importance of making informed decisions about substance abuse. The school students were also apprised of the mental health issues that come as a consequence of substance abuse and the ill-effects of smart phone addiction.
3. Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh: About 225 students and staff from two colleges namely, Sai Datta Ram Dingra Inter College and Maharaja Agrasen Inter College were part of the workshop. The students interacted with the volunteers of Bodh with enthusiasm and actively participated in the discussions after the lectures. The lectures and skits focussed on the teenage life and how they can be easily tricked into indulging in alcoholism and drug intake. Students were informed of the ways to avoid such substances.
4. Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh: 9 schools and colleges with more than 1700 students including teachers were a part of the say no workshop between 14th January and 21st January 2020. The intense workshops throughout the week included skits, lectures and meditation activities. Students were motivated to deal with the pressure without being dependent on substances which rather than relieving the stress puts them under life threatening conditions and trauma. They were informed of the Brahm Gyan and meditation techniques that would help them through their studies and throughout the course of their lives. The schools in which workshops were conducted are:
1) JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, KHUKHUNDU BAZAAR, DISTRICT- DEORIA
2) LT. KANDHAI LAL LORD BUDDHA PUBLIC SCHOOL, SUEYA, SIRISIYA, DISTRICT- SHRAWASTI
3) ABU ASHIM AZAMI INTER COLLAGE, VAZIRGANJ, PARSAUNA, DISTRICT- SHRAWASTI
4) BABA JABDAHAWA INTER COLLAGE, GHORHAURIYA, DISTRICT- SHRAWASTI
5) SHRI SHANKAR NARVADESHWAR ADARSH INTER COLLAGE, BIRZAPUR JHANTAUR, DISTRICT- DEORIA
6) ADARSH SHIKSHA NIKETAN, MAJHAWALIYA, DISTRICT- DEORIA
7) GAUTAM BUDDHA MISHAN SCHOOL, DUMARIYA, DISTRICT- DEORIA
8) SHIVA JI INTER COLLEGE, KHUKHUNDU BAZAAR, DISTRICT- DEORIA
9) SARASWATI ACADEMY, SARAYA, DISTRICT- DEORIA
5. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: On 10th and 11th January, ‘Say No Workshops’ were successfully conducted in 6 schools and colleges in Varanasi as well.
Nearly 4000 students were targeted during these two days by various branches of DJJS in Varanasi. The students learnt about the negative social impacts, and mental and physical health hazards of substance abuse. Students took a pledge to not engage in substance abuse and help others who are already suffering from the effects of addiction. The schools under this workshops were :
- TATHAGAT VIHAR SCHOOL, CHANDMARI
- RAMESHWAAM MAHADEV BALIKA INTER COLLAGE, CHANDMARI
- GYANODAY BALIKA INTER COLLAGE
- RAJ CONVENT SCHOOL, CHANDMARI
- GYANDEEP SCHOOL,CHANDMARI
- CMG SCHOOL, CHANDMARI
6. Jagadhari, Haryana: Students from Guru Nanak Khalsa College were a part of this workshop. The DJJS volunteers worked with diligence to inform 140 people from this college about the spiral of drug and alcohol addiction. The teachers were informed about the change in behaviors of students and to analyze the behavioral changes associated with substance use in their colleagues as well. So that such issues can be taken care of before a person falls into the trap of addiction.
7. Sirsa, Haryana: 1365 student and teachers were beneficiaries in the workshops conducted across 4 schools in Sirsa. Along with negative impacts of addiction of drugs and alcohol, students were apprised about the ill-effects of social media and smart phones. Students actively participated in the fun and fact activities that were a part of the workshops to engage students better and impart right knowledge to them. The following schools were a part of these workshops:
- SARVPALI PUBLIC SCHOOL, ELLENABAD
- MAA JIWAN KIDS SCHOOL, ELLENABAD
- NIVEDITA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, ELLENABAD
- SIR CHOTU RAM JAT SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, ELLENABAD
8. Kotkapura, Punjab: About 800 students from Vishavkarma Senior secondary school and Baba Banda Bahadur college of nursing were informed about the impact of addiction of all kinds on the development of young brains. With ever increasing cases of addiction in Punjab especially among youth, it is crucial that youngsters are provided with precise knowledge about the detrimental effects of addiction. Various activities, plays and discussion sessions were organized for staff and students so that they could understand that even one-time trial of substances could drag them into addictions.
9. Kathmandu, Nepal: DJJS volunteers reached out to schools across Kathmandu to educate and impart correct knowledge to school and college students in Kathmandu. These workshops were conducted throughout the month in different schools and Bodh provided them with well-researched and compiled information on the ways of avoiding and completely quitting drugs and alcohol. They were not only provided with the information but also provided solutions to their problems and how they could help themselves and others who are addicted to any substance through the help of DJJS. The 14 institutions that formed the part of this month round workshops are as follows:
- ANSHU VARMA MADHYAMIK VIDHYALAYE, BARDIYA, JAYANAGAR
- SHREE JANTA DOMI CHOUDHARY SCHOOL, LAHAN,SIRAHA
- SADA SHIV MULTIPLE CAMPUS,JAYANAGAR, BARDIYA
- FAMOUS UNIQUE ENGLISH MEDIUM SCHOOL,JAYANAGAR ,BARDIYA
- PATRIOT ENGLISH MEDIUM SCHOOL,JAYANAGAR,BARDIYA
- SHREE JANAPRIYA BASIC SCHOOL, JAYANAGAR,BARDIYA
- THE VOICE ACADEMY, JAYANAGAR, BARDIYA
- AADRASH VIDYA MANDIR, BARHATHAWA, SARLAHI
- EDUCATION HOME HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL, BARHATHAWA
- Shree Janajagrati Primary School, Shankarpur, Sarlah
- Shree Jwalamukhi Educational Academy, Fulbari Lahan, Siraha
- Shree Rama Mahanthi Yadav Janta Higher Secondary School , Sitapur, Siraha
- Shree Sarswati Secondary School,Sitganga,Argakhachi
- Shree Radhakrishna Boarding School, Lahan, Siraha
If you would also like to conduct to conduct “SAY NO WORKSHOPS” or other discussions and lectures regarding drug abuse and addictions at your school , college or institution, contact us at www.djjs.org/bodh or follow us on www.facebook.com/djjsrehab or drop us a mail on [email protected]