PASTOR Charles Charamba has urged education chiefs to tackle drug and substance abuse in the new curriculum.
The veteran gospel musician reckons the campaign should start in early grades like ECD A and B classes.
Pastor Charamba is concerned nothing is being done to known drug lords.
“Just like what happened when HIV and Aids was first discovered in Zimbabwe, it was included in the curriculum and people got to know about it.
“I am of the view that children in early classes as ECD have the right to know some of these things like drug and substance abuse.
“It’s no longer a secret that this monster is now out of hand and we can only help each other by promoting this awareness from the grassroots.
“I also think that rehabilitation alone is not enough to address this issue but we can also teach our people at a young age,” he said.
The Fishers of Men leader added:
“Besides drug and substance abuse, children in early grades should be taught to be aware of some social ills like sexual abuse.
“There is nothing to hide here as we want to save future generations from some of these social issues.
“We should not fold our hands but raise awareness about these and other issues in the new curriculum.
“We should also preach about these issues at church to ensure that we reach out to many people.”
Last year, in October, the Government set up a task force to tackle drug and substance abuse.