Training of 113 parents: Best Practices for Family Bonding and Positive Parenting Skills

From Monday 3rd July to Friday 7th July, YOWLI BURUNDI organized a training workshop on behalf of 113 parents in order to enhance their skills about the best practices for family bonding and positive parenting aimed at preventing substance and drug abuse in children and adolescents.

Preventing drug abuse in children and youth = fostering brighter future

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YOWLI BURUNDI launches the project aimed at preventing drug abuse and promoting a healthy and safe development of children through a positive and nurturing parenthood and an enhanced family bonding in order to ensure the provision of positive mental and physical developmentally appropriate childhood thriving discipline in families of Mishiha in eastern Burundi.

With the support of  UNODC Youth Initiative under the DAPC Grant

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Youth4Youth Initiative to prevent drug abuse and promote healthy and safe mental and physical development in Burundi

Background

Kanyanga and Umuraha are prohibited local beers in Burundi but still highly consumed in Mishiha community (eastern Burundi). Made from sugar cane, cassava, and a mixture of weed and other herbal yeast-like substances through a several-week fermentation process, these beers contain an unpredictable level of alcohol and are addictive. People who drink these alcohols exhale fetid smell, have greyed teeth, become drunkard, and have limited psychomotor autonomy. Poor and negative parenting has induced early childhood initiation and persistent abuse of these psychoactive alcohols. Negative consequences include very low schooling rates, poor school performance, alcohol dependence, dementia, schizophrenia, and cirrhosis; as already observed in children and adolescents.

Aim

To promote a healthy and safe development of children through a positive and nurturing parenthood and an enhanced family bonding aimed at providing positive mental and physical developmentally appropriate childhood thriving discipline in families.

Objectives

  • Prevent, halt, and delay initiation of umuraha, kanyanga, and weed in children
  • Promote cessation and reduce frequencies and quantities of umuraha, kanyanga, and weed in children
  • Avoid consequent developing disorders (dependence, etc.)
  • Improve school performance in children

Methodological approach

Parenting skills building supported by kindergarten for pre-school quality early childhood education, community awareness events, and media campaigns.