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IOGT International 68th world congress 2014 Opening

Thai Youth Initiatives against Drugs Project

Realizing the importance of youth empowerment and the need to enhance capacity of Thai youth to effectively cope with drugs problem, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) collaborated with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, and the Asia-Pacific Non-Government Organization on Drug and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASPAC-NGO) in initiating the “Thai Youth Initiatives against Drugs” project. The project was first launched in 2012 to provide an opportunity for Thai youths all over the country to participate in online constructive discussions regarding drugs prevention and a competition of their project ideas on drug abuse prevention and monitoring that can actually be implemented. The winning team in 2012 was grade 12 students from Rattanakosin Somphote Lardkrabang School comprising of Ms. Manchuporn Jongjamsai, Ms. Vanitcha Saisema, and Ms. Sujee Arjas with Mrs. Chatwarin Norasetthiti as advisor.The award was a four days three nights trip to Malaysia to learn more about anti-drug programmes for youth in Malaysia. This project follows the idea of “Youth Initiative at UNODC”, a global project run by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).


All parties agreed to rerun the project in 2013, to continue enhancing capacity of the youth in drug abuse prevention as well as to prepare Thai youths for participating in various ASEAN forums. The project was implemented from April to September 2013. This project was open to in and out of schools youth age between 14 – 18 years old. Each team of three members and one advisor could apply via Youth.Applicants had to present their ideas for drugs prevention and propose some possible solutions as well as answer the questions. The application period was from April to 14th of June 2013. There were 130 teams applied for the competition. The selection procedure was as follows:


First Round: Project committee met on the 27th of June at the Meeting Room 3 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to select from 130 applicants, 10 teams that had shown the most outstanding ideas and creativity.These 10 teams were then given a task of developing a project idea for preventing, monitoring, and solving drugs problem under the theme “How to Prevent Our Generation from Using Drugs”


Second Round: Project committee met on the 15th of July at the Meeting Room 3 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to select 5 best project ideas. They are:


1. “Adding Love to Warm the Hearts” project of 3D Anti Drug team from Inburi School, Singha Buri Province.


2. “BPK Youngsters Unite against Drugs” project of BPK Team from Wat Bangpakok School, Bangkok.


3. “Let’s Cycling to Chase Away Drugs” project of Chilly Power against Drugs team from Phaisalee Phittaya School, Nakhorn Sawan Province.


4. “Delve into the Mind” project of K.J.A. against Drugs team from Udon Thammanusorn School, Udon Thani Province.


5. “New Teen Generation … Solidarity to Stay Away From Drugs” project of Jaonen Genies Generation Anti Drugs team from Baan Jao-nane School, Kanchanaburi Province.


A workshop was organized for the five teams at ONCB and Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 28 – 29 July 2013 to update their knowledge about drugs and to practice presenting their project ideas in Thai language to project committee.All five teams were commented on their project ideas together with a cash award of 10,000 baht (approx. 333 US dollars) each to implement their projects in August 2013. All five teams had to regularly post a progress report on Youth.


Final Round: The five finalist teams were invited to present the achievement of their projects to the project committee in English on September 6, 2013 at the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB). “Let’s Cycling to Chase Away Drugs” project of Chilly Power against Drugs team from Phaisalee Phittaya School, Nakhorn Sawan Province was awarded the first prize and was granted with a study trip to Indonesia to get more ideas about drug abuse prevention. In addition to the first prize, all participating youths and their advisors received a Certificate of Appreciation co-signed by the Permanent Under-Secretary of Ministry of Education, Director-General of the Department of International Organizations of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Secretary-General of the Narcotics Control Board.