Everyday, 6,000 youth across the world get infected with the dreaded disease AIDS, a majority of them in developing countries. Fifty-nine per cent of the world’s youth are not willing to share their food or clothes with an AIDS victim.
India is among the leading countries where substance abuse among the youth is on the rise. These startling and disturbing facts were revealed on day one of the Adolescent Summit organised in the Capital on Wednesday.
The Summit put forth the views of adolescents on subjects regarded as taboo. It also focussed on the need for a change in the education system. "The education system needs to be changed to help the adolescents learn better," said student Amalina Dave.
“We need a curriculum based on life skills and not rote learning. When different learners learn differently, how can we have one exam to judge them all?” Another worrying trend is that of drug addiction. |
“We have never seen such a steep rise in substance abuse among youth as we are seeing now,” said Dr Jitendra Nagpal, project director of the life skills education programme at VIMHANS. “What begins with an occasional puff gets destructive very soon,” he added.