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tarsco students get educated on drug abuse

The Drug Abuse Awareness Campaign in Schools Education programme made it next stop at Tarkwa Senior High School in Tarkwa, Ghana. We wanted to increase awareness of various psychoactive drugs and alcohol and to educate students on the dangers of drug use and the need to ensure healthy “brain”. The programme started exactly at 10:00am with presentation by volunteers of Brain Power Development Centre and a purpose driven team to raise awareness about substance abuse. Present at the programme was the Head of Guidance and Counselling unit, Rev. Afful and some staffs of the school who donated time and services towards the programme. Their inspiration and commitment brought the students together for a successful programme. The audience where first year students of the school. Our drug campaigners addressed the students and gave them opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the theme? “the youth and substance abuse”. The education ended with The Truth About Drugs booklets, which resulted in the distribution of more than 2,400 copies of 4 booklets including marijuana, alcohol, painkiller and the overall Truth About Drugs booklet. Our work would ultimately become a nationwide campaign, reaching youth of millions via radio stations, television screens, newspapers, magazines, and billboards on the corners of the country.

First-year students of Tarkwa Senior High School and the school authorities. Over 600 students and teachers received copies of The Truth About Drugs booklets.

The following Drug-Free World Materials were distributed
  • The Truth About Drugs booklets – Over 600 copies
  • The Truth About Alcohol booklets – Over 600 copies
  • The Truth About Marijuana booklets – Over 600 copies
  • The Truth About Painkiller booklets – Over 600 copies

We led a massive participation of Tarkwa Senior High School and hundreds of students. We fostered unlikely participation of teachers and counsellors. Together, we took our steps to increase awareness of various psychoactive drugs and alcohol. News about the Programme was picked up in the Medeamaa 92.9 FM in Tarkwa, Ghana. The Truth About Drugs package was awesome. The booklets were distributed to all the first-year students of Tarkwa Senior High School. The students now understand how drugs can ruin their lives. In addition to the excitement and knowledge associated with the students understanding the effects of drugs, the education added to the general body of knowledge concerning drugs. We expect an overall reduction in youth Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) use, reduction in drug experimentation, increased school attendance, fewer school dropouts, less fear, better school and community environments. In all the Programme came to life with support from individuals and Tarkwa Senior High School.

The school counsellor promised to invite us for another session. “It is very informative, inspiring and impacting.