The Permanent Committee for Drugs and Alcohol Affairs (PCDAA) recently held the closing ceremony for the awareness programme Ambassadors of Prevention organised by the committee under the theme ‘You are Leader… Be a Model‘. Director General of Public Security and Chairman of the Drug and Alcohol Committee, Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi, attended the event together with dignitaries and jury members of the student competitions.

The Director General honoured the participants in the awareness programme and awarded the winners of the competitions held for primary and secondary school students.

He pointed out that the awareness programme, which was organised to raise public awareness on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, has been successful as a result of the collaboration between the Committee and the other official bodies in the State. The programme included different training activities for students, specialised training and courses for Imams of Masjids, in addition to art contests for preparatory and primary students, and scientific research completion for secondary students.

He expressed his hope that the collaborative programme would help spread awareness of the dangers of addiction, and help protect all segments of society from the dangers it pose. He was positive that the programme has contributed greatly to increasing the public’s awareness and expressed his thanks to all agencies and bodies who participated in this year’s programme.

Al Khor Independent Secondary School won First Place in the research competition, while students of Umm Hakim Secondary School for Girls and Hassan bin Thabit Secondary School won second and third places, respectively.

First Place winner for the Art Competition is Rowdah Abdullah Mohannadi of Amin Mahmoud Independent School, followed by  Hessa al Naama of Sumayya Independent Primary School and Maryam Abdullah of Umm Al Amad Primary School for Girls.

Major Tariq Ali Al Maliki, Secretary of the PCDAA, said that 20 schools participated in the awareness programme and 120 students were trained how to educate their classmates about the dangers of drugs and their impact on the individual and their family, and society in general. The programme focused on a number of educational themes such as general concept of drugs and life skills that could help young people prepare to face life.