Life skills shape the behavior of youth by giving them the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions about alcohol and drugs and associated risks, including the transmission of HIV/AIDs. This very innovative and high quality programme reaches the vulnerable youth of the Chadian society. Life skills lessons are taught through peer education, which is based on role modeling and the ability of young people to become leaders and agents of change through empowerment and support.
Chad has the highest per capita consumption of alcohol in the world if abstainers are excluded. Total per capita consumption (drinkers only) per year amounts to 33.9 litres of pure alcohol (WHO 2014). Youth face exclusion, violence and higher risk for sexual behaviour that contributes to the spread of disease. Lack of policies and laws regulating alcohol production, sale and availability and the lack of national rules governing the alcohol market is a further obstacle to development.
The 2021-2024 programme seeks to further its impact and especially include gender based violence on the agenda. Life skills lessons and motor taxi programme for out of school youth use innovative methods for teaching the skills and knowledge young people need to live a healthy, active life. Peer educators and trainers engage students in a holistic approach to learn skills like communication, self-confidence, teamwork and dicipline through sports, social activities and community engagement.
The long-term impact of preventing substance abuse among youth mitigates the negative economic, health and social consequences on society. Teaching the ability to make informed decisions empowers youth to be strong leaders and role models within their community. IBC take an active role on supporting BC Chad at advocacy for better alcohol policy at the national level.
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