Mapusa: A groundbreaking collaboration between the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, SIHFW Mapusa, ATF at North Goa District Hospital, and the Directorate of Education marks a significant step toward creating drug-free and secure school environments.
The inaugural training program, held on December 11, 2023, at SIHFW, targeted 55 participants, including nodal teachers and leaders of Prahari Clubs from schools in Bardez taluka. Prahari Clubs, overseen by the Directorate of Education and Goa SCPCR, actively work to prevent and address drug abuse, promoting a drug-free environment.
Key stakeholders and experts, including Peter F. Borges, Chairperson of Goa SCPCR, Smt. Uma Bhagkar (ADEI, Bardez), Dr. Amita Kenkre Kamat (Head of Public Health Dentistry), and Dr. Rajesh Dhume (Nodal Officer at ATF), graced the inaugural session.
“Engaging student leaders in the school ecosystem, this initiative represents one of the most significant sustainable efforts in the state of Goa for drug demand reduction. Our goal is to extend our reach to all the clubs across the state of Goa,” says Peter F. Borges, Chairperson, Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights
“Our goal is to empower teachers and students through collaboration, education, and proactive measures to address substance abuse challenges. By disseminating knowledge, building skills, and creating a supportive environment, we aim to instill responsibility and awareness among educators and students.” says Dr. Rajesh Dhume, Nodal Officer, Addiction Treatment Facility
Understanding Substance Abuse Dynamics: Led by Dr. Rajesh Dhume & Dr. Priyanka. The session delved into substance abuse intricacies within school settings, providing insights and strategies for effective prevention.
Be Smart, Don’t Start: Led by Dr. Kashyap Bandodkar, GDCH. Focused on smart choices and preventive measures to discourage substance abuse initiation, equipping teachers and students.
E-cigarette – The Untold Truth: Led by Dr. Akshatha Gadiyar, GDCH. Addressed the growing concern of e-cigarette usage among youth, uncovering truths about associated risks.
Role of Prahari Clubs and Illustrative Activities: Led by Mr. Peter F. Borges. Emphasized the pivotal role of Prahari Clubs in a proactive approach to drug demand reduction, guiding participants on illustrative activities for raising awareness.
Supported by the National Institute of Social Defence, New Delhi, this initiative aims to empower nodal teachers and students with the knowledge and tools to actively combat substance abuse within school environments.