Project for awareness against drug abuse among schoolchildren to go browsing: Delhi govt – education

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The project for screening and awareness against drug or substance abuse among schoolchildren has moved online in view of closure of schools because of COVID-19, according to Delhi government officials.

In the phase some of the project, conducted in collaboration with AIIMS’ National Drug Dependence Remedy Centre (NDDTC), a baseline survey will be carried out, whereas in the phase two resource fabric will be developed for awareness among parents and community regarding substance abuse.

“With the onset of novel coronavirus, the methodology for screening and intervention for drug or substance abuse among school-going children, were partially modified to meet the objectives. The project shall now be mostly digitally conducted till the time schools reopen. The feasibility of the same was once assessed by conducting two pilot assessments in schools. An offline or face-to face component will be added once schools reopen,” a senior official said.

“The heads of schools have been asked to facilitate the conduction of baseline nameless survey on substance use online for students having technology access and offline for many who would not have access,” the official added.

While the survey activity for class 5 has been put in abeyance till further orders, the survey covering classes 8 to 11 will be conducted from September to November.

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