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Indian school children swear off liquor 印度學童遠離酒害

A village primary school in central India has started posting an “honor roll” of children who quit drinking homemade liquor in an effort to wean students off drink.

The headmaster appointed to the school, known for its poor test results, found that the children had trouble learning. He quickly found the reason: alcohol.

“When I took over, I found the children were slow to react and learn,” said Sunil Tarkaswar, according to the Indian Express newspaper.

After asking around in the village of Zitapati, Tarkaswar found it was common for many of the children in the largely tribal area of Madhya Pradesh state to drink homemade liquor along with their parents.

“I used to consume some liquor daily before coming to school,” Rahul Dhurve, a fifth-grade student said.

Last year, Tarkaswar and a social worker started a campaign to educate students and their families about the dangers of the drink made from flowers.

The village council issued an appeal to parents not to drink in front of their children. Free uniforms were offered to those who pledged to stop drinking and an honor roll of non-drinkers was posted on the school wall.

“Children don’t even touch liquor now,” said village council head Johari Wadiva.

So far the honor roll displays 39 names. The report did not say how many children went to the school.

(AFP)

印度中部一所鄉村小學為了鼓勵學童戒酒,開始張貼戒飲自家酒的學童之「榮譽榜」。

這所學校一向以學生成績不佳聞名,調派來的校長發現,學童有學習障礙。他很快就找到理由︰酒精。

校長蘇尼爾.塔加斯瓦接受《印度快報》報導說︰「我到任時,發現學童的反應與學習皆慢。」

塔加斯瓦問遍希塔帕弟村,發現中央邦大部落區許多學童與父母共飲自家釀的酒,相當稀鬆平常。

五年級生拉胡.杜爾夫說︰「我以前每天上學前都會喝點酒。」

塔加斯瓦與一位社工人員去年展開一項活動,教育學童與家人飲用花釀酒的危險。 

村代表會提議家長別在孩童前飲酒,並提供免費制服給誓言戒酒的人,也在學校牆面張貼未飲酒學生的榮譽榜。

村代表會長喬哈瑞.華弟瓦說︰「孩童現在甚至滴酒不沾。」

目前榮譽榜上張貼三十九人的名字。報導並未提及那所學校有多少學生。

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. appoint v.t.

指派 (zhi3 pai4)

例: The mayor appointed a new fire chief for the town.

(市長指派新的消防官。)

2. consume v.t.

喝光 (he1 guang1) ,吃完 (chi1 wan2)

例: How can one person consume as much chocolate as you do?

(哪有人像你吃那麼多巧克力?)

3. appeal n.

訴求 (su4 qiu2)

例: When the country was hit by a huge earthquake, it sent out an appeal for food and medical supplies.

(那個國家遭受強烈地震侵襲時,發出食物與醫療補給的請求。)

4. pledge v.t.

發誓 (fa1 shi4)

例: The basketball coach made the players pledge to run 5km every morning before school.

(籃球教練要球員發誓,每早上學前要跑五公里。)


(法新社/翻譯:賴美君)

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