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Anti-drug drive success hailed

Posted on March 5, 2015 by in Bahrain, Hometown, Hometown International, News

Gulf Daily News

From gulf in the media.

Gulf Daily News – 05 March, 2015.

A nationwide anti-drug campaign is expected to reach students in 300 schools by the end of 2017, it was revealed yesterday.

The campaign is part of a US-based international programme called Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) that seeks to prevent drug use, gang membership and violent behaviour.

It now covers more than 66,000 children in 110 government schools and was launched under the title ‘Together Against Violence and Addiction’ by the Interior Ministry in January 2011.

A ceremony to launch the officially accredited DARE regional training centre in Bahrain was held yesterday at the Officers’ Club in Gudaibiya, attended by Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and Anti-Violence, Anti-Narcotics Committee chairman and Southern Governor Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa and other dignitaries.

‘In a world where youngsters and youth are being targeted with an invasion of information that aims to change their values and traditions and make them hollow and without identity, it is necessary to come up with preventive measures,’ said Shaikh Abdulla.

‘We started with five schools in the Southern Governorate and after that success the programme was adopted by the Interior Ministry, expanding to now cover more than 100 schools.

‘Community policemen have been extensively trained to deal with students at schools and for us to get this regional training accreditation we needed to pass 275 criteria ‘“ which we have done successfully, making us the first in Asia to do so.’

Shaikh Abdulla said all of those involved in the programme’s implementation in Bahrain have reached an advanced stage, which he described as an achievement.

‘Dedication, commitment and determination have made the programme a success and we want to go a long way with our accomplishments,’ he said.

‘Through sharing and building for the future, we have managed to create something that reflects our patriotism and psychology ‘“ Bahrain passes challenges and builds.’

DARE international operations deputy director Mike Kuhlman said Bahrain’s success would allow it to now help other centres in the region.

‘We have plans to take instructors from Bahrain with us to help in our workshops around the world, while sending other interested parties from the region to Bahrain,’ he said.

‘It is more feasible and cost-effective to depend on Bahrain than fly instructors from other areas of the world.’

DARE head instructor Leonard Moudy pointed out that through seven major training programmes, the kingdom now had six mentors, two training facilitators and two educators in addition to 124 trained officers.

‘I believe that we are ready to bring DARE to the Arab region and Middle East through Bahrain and it is up to neighbouring countries to approach us and Bahrain to take up the programme, which is now on offer to them,’ he said.

Meanwhile, DARE Bahrain programme director Ali Ahmed Amini said although half of Bahrain’s government schools have been covered in the past four years, the challenge now was to reach out to every child.

‘We want to reach all of Bahrain’s government schools, private schools and universities and by the end of 2017 our target is 300 educational institutions.’