Jan 20, Colombo: Special attention has been paid to school children in the program being carried out by the President to control and suppress the illegal drugs, which has become a social menace devastating the entire country and accordingly, a National Drug Eradication School Week has been declared.
The National Narcotic Prevention Week that will make school children active partners in the drug prevention process has been implemented from January 21 to 28 and its inauguration ceremony will be held will be held at Vidyanandan Maha Vidyalaya, Mulliyawela, Mullaitivu tomorrow (21) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
Coinciding with the inauguration program, 150,000 school children in the North are scheduled to take the Oath of Drug Eradication at the morning student assembly.
Activities including inviting parents to the school and briefing them in classrooms, explaining legal aspects, educating political authorities, briefing journalists and activities of volunteer organizations will take place. It is expected to implement drug eradication programs through religious places and Dhamma Schools.
During the National drug Eradication Week, awareness programs to educate children on drug eradication in classrooms will be conducted on 21st January while the program for parents along with their children will be conducted at schools on the 22nd.
On January 23, awareness programs on the legal aspects of drug eradication will be conducted while on the 24th political authorities will be enlightened.
Awareness program to enlighten media and awareness campaigns in schools and outside using the media will be carried out on January 25.
The 1984 toll free telephone number to inform drug rackets and on organized crimes, will be officially announced at the function under the patronage of the President.
Funds will be given to renovate 11 schools damaged due to floods in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts. The President is also scheduled to make a cash donation to get water facilities to 13 schools in the Mullaitivu District.