Peer Helpers Programme Award Individuals
Individuals of the Peer Helpers Programme, held by the National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit and the Ministry of Health, were recognized at an award ceremony, at the Public Service Union, on Tuesday September 24th.
Ms. Jacinta Bannis, Director of National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit, informed that the programme was launched in October of 2012.
The initiative was to help strengthen the drug prevention efforts at the schools.
Ms. Bannis said, they felt it was extremely important to get the children more involved in activities within the schools.
Each year the programme is held at the Grade 4 level. Therefore, when the children move on to Grade 5, they are established as peer helpers for one year in the school system.
During the school year of 2012-2013, only 15 schools registered into the programme.
For the year 2013-2014, Ms. Bannis is encouraging persons from schools from other districts, to join the programme. Registrations have already commenced, and will run all through October.
Mrs. Helen Royer, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, stated that children will be more likely to make appropriate decisions, about alcohol and drugs, if preventative measures are accessible.
Earlier this year, the Drug Prevention Unit awarded drug free billboards to schools, developed and distributed manuals for the schools as well as conduct a series of health sessions throughout the country.
It is the Ministry’s hope that these students will be keen to learn and model the positive traits.
The St. Luke’s Primary School received the Top School Award.