Seminar on Drug Abuse Prevention at Samnabad College for Women
A seminar was held by Aghaz-e-Nau (a nonprofit organization) and Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), Pakistan in collaboration with Samnabad College for Women, Lahore on 24th March, 2011.
Chief Guest, Mr. Muhammad Altaf Qamar, Deputy Director General, Anti Narcotics Force, Pakistan joined the event to grace the occasion.
The seminar was carried out to introduce the objectives of “Drug Free Lahore City Project” and to educate young students on harmful effects of drug abuse.
The Seminar started with The National Anthem. Comparing was done by Ms. Saira, one of the students of Samnabad College for Women.
The formal session started with the Recitation of Qur’an followed by Naat by Ms. Varda, one of the students of Samnabad College.
Ms. Maria Ali, Drug Demand Reduction Officer, Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), Punjab gave a presentation on Classification of drugs and how drugs are used. She discussed the “Role of ANF in Drug Demand Reduction and Drug Supply Reduction”.
Students of Samnabad College for Women performed different activities including a short play, mime and poems. All the activities performed by the students were highly informative and full of entertainment. The idea behind these activities was to educate students staying away from drugs and helping others as well. These students should become the leaders and role models for others.
A play was presented on hazards of alcohol by the students. It was a story of a man with alcohol abuse and becomes an alcoholic. He gets angry because of alcoholism on trivial matters. He usually gets angry at his wife. His nephew wanted him to be alcohol free but he never tried to quit. After 10 years of alcohol abuse he develops cirrhosis (disease of the liver) and due to the liver damage, his death takes place.
A mime was presented on poor parenting skills. When parents are unable to handle their children with care, they put them at high risk of using drugs unknowingly. Children experience: Stress, Tension, Anxiety, Depression, Loneliness, Lack of Confidence and Low Self Esteem. These children need to develop protective factors to resist peer pressure and drug abuse.
Students holding flowers to reinforce the message given in a song produced by ANF “We Love Life”. When we love life, we stay away from drugs.
Flowers a Symbol of Life: Drugs Kill
Address by the Chief Guest, Mr. Muhammad Altaf Qamar, Deputy Director General, ANF, Pakistan
The Chief Guest, Mr. Muhammad Altaf Qamar, Deputy Director General, Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), Pakistan thanked the management of Samnabad College for Women for holding an amazing seminar and for being helpful. He also acknowledged the hard work being put in by Aghaz-e-Nau.
He started his address with the name of Allah. In his address, He discussed the project, which is being implemented by Anti Narcotics Force, Pakistan to make Lahore a drug free city. He discussed the total number of drug addicts living in Lahore in a very bad condition. He showed a few clips of drug addicts to show the present situation of Lahore. Being a good speaker, he managed to get the full attention of the audience. He mentioned that we have to create Drug Free Homes, Drug Free Youth, Drug Free Colleges and Drug Free Society.
Then he asked the students whether they would join hands with ANF or not. He managed to motivate all the students and they all forcefully said “YES” to his question. His address was highly appreciated by the audience. His address was ended followed by “Oath Taking” to turn Lahore into a Drug Free City.
Vote of Thanks was given by Dr. Shahryar Aftab, Chairman Aghaz-e-Nau
A shield was given to the Chief Guest by the Dean of Arts
The Chief Guest, Mr. Muhammad Altaf Qamar, Deputy Director General, Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), Pakistan giving a shield to the Dean of Arts, Samnabad College for Women, Lahore.
Approximately 500 Students and Faculty Members Attended the Seminar