The students of the Government Upper Primary School at Maalam in Pampady have embarked on a campaign against consumption of alcohol. As part of their activities in the School’s Social Science club, the students of classes V, VI and VII have conducted a survey that reflected upon the drinking habits of people in their locality.
The findings of the survey were announced by the students themselves at a press conference held here on Wednesday. The participants of the conference included Ajay P. Anil, Manu Jacob, S. Tapasya, Albin K. Paul, Sreerag A. Nair, Athira Muralidharan and Agna Kurian.
The findings pointed out that nearly 36 per cent in the locality consumed alcohol on a daily basis and only 22 per cent abstained from drinking. Nearly 22 per cent were able to taste alcoholic beverages through their father, uncle or other relatives.
Among the total 35 per cent of boys stole liquor from their homes and consumed such substances. The students of the school have also prepared a 18-minute documentary, titled ‘Nalloru Naleykkai’ (for a good tomorrow), in which they have voiced their concern over the consumption of liquor in the State. The documentary will be formally launched by the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) principal K.V. Premkumar at a function that will be held at the school on Thursday. District panchayat president Radha V. Nair will release a booklet prepared by the students.