The drug education will be continued using the blended approach in the schools of Barbados that is set to reopen from Monday, February 21, 2022, as per the National Council on Substance Abuse ( NCSA).
As per the agency, the education of the drugs will be delivered to the students of the secondary schools across the country, which includes Alexandra, Princess Margaret Secondary, Lester Vaughan, Springer Memorial and The Ellerslie Schools.
The education under the drugs and life skills awareness programme would facilitate the students of 13 to 15 years to understand the drawbacks of the drugs such as alcohol and other drugs. Moreover, the programme will be aware the students about the harsh impacts of the drugs on the physiological, psychological, and psychosocial life, especially when a student is living in the adolescent phase, underscored by the agency.
The agency further stated that the programme would also develop skills among students which helps them to grow and understand themselves. It will also make the student confident towards their decision-making approach.
While informing about the type of education included in the programme, the NCSA cited that the programme would be delivered the education on the Commonly used Drugs in Barbados such as Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Inhalants. Moreover, it is also included the Harmful effects of Legal and illegal substances and life skills.
The agency further noted that the best part of the programme is that it is open for parents and the general public, which means it includes the parenting component.
NCSA has also given their contact details which stated that schools that are interested could contact the agency via email at [email protected] or ncsa.inf[email protected]. Moreover, a person may also call on 535-6272.
The officials of the agency urged the public that it doesn’t make drugs obstacles in the way of their dreams.
The agency would use various online education platforms such as Google Classroom and Nearpod for the programme in Barbados.
The face-to-face classes will be resume in Barbados on February 22, 202