Dissemination of Anti-drug Messages in the French International School
Drugs abuse affects the freedom and development of young people, the world’s most valuable asset. Apart from supporting parents and schools to strengthen the basic protective net, we need greater community involvement to provide our young people with opportunities and positive influence. In connection with this, the French International School in collaboration with the Consulate General of France, the Hong Kong Police Force and the Correctional Services Department to organise a function - ‘Narcotics Day’ in the French International School’s Happy Valley campus to disseminate anti-drugs messages to students on 16 April 2013.
Mr. Cheng Chun-kit, Inspector of Police, delivered three sessions of preventive educational talks to junior forms of students in the morning. Through introducing the common type of psychotropic substance abused by young people and cases to implant knowledge on drugs, dispel misconceptions and address inadequate or incorrect knowledge about the legal consequences of drug offences.
The demonstrations performed by the police detective dogs were excellent and it attracted all attentions of teachers and students.
In the afternoon session, Mr. Fong Kung-fu, the Public Education Officer of the Rehabilitation Pioneer Project of the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department presented the existing judicial system of Hong Kong, the possible court disposal for young offenders; rehabilitative services in correctional institutes and re-integration programmes. In order to strengthen young people’s life skills and resistance to adversity and temptations, the Correctional Services Department also organise various kinds of engagement activities such as Green Haven Project in Hei Ling Chau, educational talks and forums in schools. All measures aim to foster a responsible and caring culture for our youth within the community at large.
It is difficult for family members, teachers, social workers and law enforcement agencies to identify signs of drug abuse. The last session was held in the evening with the active participation of all stakeholders, including parents, teachers and law enforcers. Ms. Mandy Wu, the Police School Liaison Officers of Wanchai District, shared information between various parties. Through more engagement with parents to equip them with drug knowledge and skills to identify and handle youth drug problems, whereas parents can take early intervention as soon as possible.
On behalf of the French Consulate and the French International School, Mr. Jean-Christophe Marten-Perolin, Attaché of Police of the French Consulate, thanked the enormous support of the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department, the Hong Kong Police Force and their colleagues for coordination of this programme.
For more information :
Mission for the fight against drugs and drug addiction (Mission interministérielle lutte contre la drogue et la toxicomanie): http://www.drogues.gouv.fr
Drug Info Service (Drogues Info Service): http://www.drogues-info-service.fr
Narcotics Division, Security Bureau: http://www.nd.gov.hk
Rehabilitation Division, the Correctional Services Department: http://www.csd.gov.hk/english/reh/reh_over/reh_over.html
Anti-Drug Formations, the Hong Kong Police Force: http://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/04_crime_matters/drug/index.html
Hong Kong Police Dog Unit: http://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/11_useful_info/pdu/index.html