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Ambassador Helps Launch Bahraini D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on January 14, 2011 by in Bahrain, Hometown, Hometown International, News 2011

Ambassador Helps Launch Bahraini D.A.R.E. Program

On January 13, Ambassador Ereli delivered a keynote address at the launch of Bahrain’s Drug Awareness Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, an endeavor initiated by Southern Governor Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid al Khalifa in partnership with a number of government ministries.   The D.A.R.E. program encourages young people to lead safe and healthy lives by resisting negative influences such as drugs, alcohol and violence.  Its programs are run by local police officers in 43 countries around the world.  Bahrain’s D.A.R.E. program will be the first-ever to be delivered in Arabic.

The D.A.R.E. launch was Ambassador’s Ereli’s last official event before departing Bahrain for a new position at the U.S. Department of State.

“I cannot think of a more fitting or memorable event to end this wonderful journey than to be with you here today,” he said.  “The ultimate beneficiaries of this program are youth, who play a critical role in the development of our beloved Bahrain. Through D.A.R.E., they will learn about tolerance and dialogue and partnership, which is good for them, for Bahrain, and for the United States.”

The full text of Ambassador Ereli’s speech.

This article was originally published at the website of the United States Embassy in Bahrain.