School-based education for drug abuse prevention

A Peacemaking Project by muhammad A.

What is the injustice we are solving?

: Drug abuse is one of the top problems confronting my community today especially among the youth. Research shows that 3million bottles of codine is taken everyday within two states in nigeria, Incidences of drug and alcohol abuse and related anti-social behaviour have tremendously increased in recent years. This has become a matter of concern to the government, parents, teachers, Non-governmental organisations and all other relevant agencies. The Nigerian government has recognised the seriousness of the drug problem and initiated the National Drugs law enforcement Agency (NDLEA) . This organisation is charged with the responsibility of coordinating activities of individuals and organisations in the campaign against drug abuse. Its mandate is to initiate public education campaign and develop an action plan aimed at curbing drug abuse by the youth. study found that drug use and abuse among youth is increasing despite the control mechanisms that have been put in place. as a first step to prevent and control drug abuse, Students should be sensitised on the dangers . educational programmes where by the students learn the negative consequences of illicit drugs,i.e Students to know: 1.School and society rules and laws relating to legal and illegal drugs 2.How to use products to maintain health safely Appropriate health services and how to access them 3.How manufacturers, media and advertisers try to influence decisions about drugs 4.The consequences of smoking and the misuse of alcohol 5.That drugs can alter the way a person behaves and feels The contribution of drug use to lifestyle diseases and associated social, emotional, legal and economic costs That changing the type of drug, the person(s) involved or the context and situation can vary the risk to individuals and groups

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Drug Abuse among Students
we will address We will address Drug abuse among students due to peer pressure, curiosity, ignorance, academic induced frustration and lack of parental care.
by Education and awareness about the dangerous consequence of drug abuse.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Having Students who defend their values, increase their knowledge, explore their attitudes and the attitudes of others, and refine their skills Which will promote a sustainable peace in the society.
  • Having students who reflect on what they have learned and how it can be applied to situations
  • Having a peaceful and crimeless Society

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Report that are able to educate peers about the issues they face

How will you show courage?

Hard working with fellow youth to reach more youth with our life-changing programs.

How will you collaborate with others?

I will Collaborate with Nigeria Drugs Law Enforcement Agency and Drugs Free world and Local Civil Society by sending them a letter requesting for a partnership which I will include request for Volunteer facilitator and also I will collaborate with fellow young people who we can work together in achieving program goals.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

1-Students input 2-By Conducting School survey on drug abuse 3-one on one consultation

Key Steps

  • Planning for the program and setting up goals.
  • Getting approval from the selected public school.
  • Printout invitation and collaboration letter.
  • Sending invitation to guest and program partners.
  • Creating educative materials (palmplets and Excercise books).
  • Program run day.

Reflection:

How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?

My team had realised that drug abuse and its related harms can be crippling for those affected and the people around them, so is a Community general problem which need collective actions to put an end.

How did your community change as a result of your project?

We are all touched by addiction – within circle of our community. This project has changed the thought of younger ones about drugs, because from my team observation must of the younger ones thinks taking drugs is part of being matured or civilization.

How many people were impacted by your project?

50

Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?

We hosted two drugs sensitization program in two schools in different states of Nigeria. During the program We found 50 young drugs addicts in both schools we try to deepen to know why they are into drugs, all of the addicts stated its friends influence which we adviced them on how to avoid such friends and the need to stop taking drugs for brighter future .

How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?

The team learn more about the injustice from the 50 addict we found.

What did your team learn?

The team learn from one on one chat with the 50 addicts we found, The result we yield from our chat is majority of the young addict are into drugs by friends influence, that is, they were brainwashed that taking drugs is part of maturity.

What challenges did your team overcome?

The team faced little challenge which result to shifting of sheduled date of program due to school were on break .

How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?

Peoole were involved directly through personal discussion with them about how drugs is killing the future of younger ones in our community and I urge we should wake up to fight this injustice.

What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?

He should know that being a peacemaker is much more than avoiding conflict, Peacemakers make peace in the Society.

Our Updates:

Say no to drugs t-shirt

muhammad A. 11 October 2018 11:09 We have printed tshirts for the program (Education based drugs prevention Campaign) which will hold early November.

Say no to drugs t-shirt

muhammad A. 11 October 2018 11:09 We have printed tshirts for the program (Education based drugs prevention Campaign) which will hold early November.

Know the truth about drugs

muhammad A. 11 October 2018 11:22 We have partnered with drugsfreeworld for the program and they have sent us 10,000 booklets , 2 banner's 6 bags for the program.

Truth about drugs booklets

muhammad A. 11 October 2018 11:23

Project team Members

muhammad A. 20 December 2018 19:24 Team of volunteers
to facilitate this Campaign which aim to warn young people about the consequences of substance abuse

Dutsinma Village Community School Sensitization

muhammad A. 20 December 2018 20:02 The program was held at darawa community school of dutsinma village katsina State Nigeria (a small ghetto area) the aim of this educational program is to educate and orient about drug use among children and adolescents which is higher than the general population.

Students view about drug abuse

muhammad A. 20 December 2018 20:12 Young boy name Mustapha Khalid was asked "what do you think are the dangerous consequence of taking illicit drugs? he answered "liability to die young"

Mentoring Support

muhammad A. 20 December 2018 20:22 We provide culturally sensitive help, advice, support and mentoring for young individuals from the effects of drugs and alcohol addiction.

Drugs freeworld booklets

muhammad A. 20 December 2018 20:30 Pupils busy reading the drugs freeworld find the truth about drugs booklet, The booklets covers everything with fact about drugs.

Project team discussion

muhammad A. 20 December 2018 20:45 The team discussing how to get a reliable data on drug abuse amongst children

Comments:

Amani A. Peace First Staff
4 June 2018 16:17

Thanks for sharing your project with us, Muhammed! This is a very interesting project and I am interested to learn more about the kind of education program that you want to run in order to tackle the drug abuse.

As part of the process of completing peacemaking projects, Peace First staff give formal feedback on important steps of the project. This will help to improve the project more, so that other Peace First members would understand it better.

I would encourage you to work a little bit on the Compassion, Courage, and Collaboration sections and try to be specific on how you will increase that during the implementation of your project.

You shared that you will know that you are in the right direction by frequently taking a survey; what kind of survey will you conduct?

In the "Create a list of key steps you will take" section, you shared:
Situation analysis; what do you mean by this?
Needs assessment; for the students or what, could you please clarify?
Setting goals and objectives; you have already done this when you shared the project goals Or is this something else?
Selecting programme components; what do you mean by this, please?

I would also encourage you to work on the Project Goals by setting specific ones. You can use the SMART tool here: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/plan-1-smart-goals

I have noticed that you applied for a mini-grant, which is really great! At this moment, I would encourage you to work on the above feedback.

Thanks again for sharing your project with Peace First members, and we are looking forward to your next steps of the project!

Please let us know how can we help.  

muhammad A.
28 June 2018 20:46

School-based programs are an essential part of a comprehensive approach to preventing substance use disorder and smoking. Inspiring behavior change and creating lasting impact should start with prioritizing programs with strong evidence for positive outcomes.

The project is an Interactive teaching and the life skills approach
A life skills approach is a way of teaching and interacting with young
people that has the potential to lead to better health and drug abuse
prevention learning outcomes and may ultimately influence student drug
use. Life skills are best taught through interactive methods and are most
effective when applied and practised in potential drug use situations that
are relevant and meaningful to the social situations of students.  

muhammad A.
28 June 2018 20:54

The Situational Analysis will be conducted among students using three main approaches
– a review of relevant documentation, a mapping exercise, and an impact evaluation – to identify gaps
in the implementation of drug use and harm reduction policy. The will study employed a people-centered
approach in conducting the interviews, administering of survey questionnaires, and the facilitation of
focus-group discussions. The outcomes will be noted largely informed by information gathered from the
primary target group  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
31 July 2018 9:33

Thanks for submitting your mini-grant request and for the clarification, Muhammad ! Could you please read the International Verification Process here (the last question in the list): https://www.peacefirst.org/faq

Also, make sure to fill the following form: http://bit.ly/2EO4tzb

I look forward to receiving the required documents through the above form.

Best,
Amani  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
7 August 2018 12:04

Hi muhammad - I reached out to you through email with a few questions regarding your mini-grant request. Please make sure to send me the required document so I can able to schedule a time/date for a call with you.

Please let me know if you have a question or you need further clarification.

Best,
Amani  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
4 October 2018 12:56

Dear muhammad - What's the progress of your project? Please start sharing updates/photos of your project so we can highlight that on our newsletter.

Please let me know if you need any help.

Best,
Amani  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
19 November 2018 14:00

Dear Muhammad, thanks for sharing some updates of your project. I look forward to reading about this month's activities.

Please let me know if you need any help; always happy to support :)  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
25 January 2019 15:59

Dear Muhammad,

Please make sure to update your project and complete the Reflection according to your action plan.

Please let me know if you need any help.