MoE urges schools to include drug prevention in Carnival competitions
The Ministry of Education launched its Carnival Safety Programme last week which covered primary and secondary schools as well as Early Childhood Care and Education Centres (ECCE).
This was revealed by Chief Education Officer, Harrilal Seecharan, during a media conference on Tuesday.
At EECE centres, classes are briefed individually on various aspects of safety for the Carnival period. At the Primary School level, guidance councillors conduct individual classroom activities while Secondary School students benefit from similar sessions in conjunction with activities by various non-governmental organisations.
Seecharan said a programme targeting parents has also been created, taking into consideration Carnival outings and events, mas, carnival activities in schools, field trips, camps. It also treats with the issue of drug use and abuse.
Meanwhile, schools have been asked to include themes surrounding drug prevention in their competitions, geared toward sensitising students to its dangers.
"So whether it's Calypso, Chutney, Extempo, posters, collages, costume making, ole mas, if they can include that in their themes and we at the Ministry will provide certificates of recognition for students who place first, second and third."