Dreams Puffed, Snorted and Injected Away

  • Written by: Tafadzwa Mazviba

In a commendable effort to tackle the growing drug abuse problem among the youth, particularly in townships, the second intake students of Geraldine Roche Arts Academy were given an opportunity to showcase their newfound skills at Wits College in Bulawayo’s Rangemore township.

According to the latest statistics from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Zimbabwe has seen a significant increase in drug usage among its youth population. In 2023, approximately 14.3% of young people aged 15-24 years reported having used drugs at least once in their lifetime, marking a concerning trend.

The academy students’ performance aimed to address this issue through art and creativity that conveyed powerful messages about the negative consequences of drug abuse and the importance of making positive choices.

Mr. Chivanga, the headmaster of Wits College, expressed his satisfaction with the performance, stating that “this drama has been an enriching experience for our students. The artists have demonstrated exceptional talent and creativity through their performances.

More importantly, they have delivered powerful messages about the dangers of drug abuse that resonated with our students.” He further added that such initiatives are essential in helping young people make informed decisions and steer clear of destructive behaviours of drug abuse.