Views of Teachers and Hostel Matrons on the Landscape of Substance Abuse Amongst the Youth in the Northern Region of Namibia
- Janetta Agnes Ananias
- Jabulani Calvin Makhubele
- Miriam Winnie Hasheela
- Ndanyakuwa Ilonga Hamuse Tiberia
- Rachel Johanna Freeman
- Prudence Mafa
- Frans Koketso Matlakala
- Beatrice Namoonga Chilwalo
- Selelo Frank Rapholo
- Anesu Svinurai
AIM: This research project aimed at exploring the views of secondary school teachers and hostel matrons on the landscape of substance abuse amongst the youth at a border town situated in the northern region of Namibia.
METHOD: In this qualitative study, in-depth interviews were conducted with secondary school teachers and hostel matrons, selected by means of a purposive sampling method from five schools representing state schools and private schools. Ethical approval was obtained from the University of Namibia’s ethical approval committee, whilst permission to conduct the study was obtained from the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Namibia. Participation was voluntary and based on informed consent.
FINDINGS: The themes identified in the study were amongst others; the types of substances used by the youth, the use of substances on school premises and easy access/availability of substances.
CONCLUSION: The study concluded that substance abuse seems to be normalised in the community because of the excessive availability of alcohol in the community. The need for law enforcement and law reform as well as prevention programmes at all levels of society is highlighted.
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