|Local youngsters and students join a meeting to mark National Day on Drug Prevention (June 26) in Binh Duong Province. A healthy school environment where students can participate in social activities is believed to help in the fight against drugs. — VNA/VNS Photo Quach Lam
THAI NGUYEN (VNS)— The 2013 month of action against drugs was launched yesterday by the Ministry of Education and Training at northern Thai Nguyen Province's Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Deputy Minister Tran Quang Quy said that preventing the abuse of drugs by students was a vital task that helped to protect the nation's future.
Students also played an important role in the fight against drugs, he said.
Although work on ensuring schools nation-wide are drug-free had seen progress, abuse of part drugs such as ecstasy by students was still a complicated situation, he said.
Not enough attention on the problem from parents and teachers was to blame, he said.
"Only when every school becomes a "fortress" against drugs will the fight against drugs show effectiveness as expected," he said.
Schools should encourage teachers and students to denounce any student found to be using drugs, he said.
Hotlines needed to be established to receive information about drug use at schools, he said. Schools were also advised to hold periodical health check-ups for students to uncover drug-users.
In addition, a healthy school environment where students could participate in social activities such as sports or art performances would contribute to the fight against drugs, he said.
Representatives from education and training departments and schools signed a commitment to say ‘no' to drugs. Local students held a march as part of the month of action against drugs.
On the same day, activities responding to the National Day on Drug Prevention (June 26) also kicked off in the province. — VNS