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Secondary and primary students stand firm against drugs (with photo)

     The Secretary for Education, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, today (December 11) witnessed the efforts made by some 1 000 students to resist drugs and build a drug free campus at the Closing Ceremony of ¡§Build a Healthy School Together¡¨ project.

     Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Ng said that the Government attached great importance to the tackling of youth drug abuse problem. The Police proactively combat drug trafficking and the problem of juveniles tempted by criminals to try drugs. ¡§With the concerted efforts of different sectors of the community and the law enforcement agencies, youth drug abuse showed a declining trend in recent years. However, the Government will spare no effort in combating drugs,¡¨ Mr Ng said.

     Preventive education and publicity against drug abuse are the key elements of the Government¡¦s multi-pronged anti-drug strategies. The project reflects the zero-tolerance attitude adopted by the Police and schools towards drug-related crimes.

     Publicity programmes against drug abuse will be enhanced and law enforcement agencies will continue to take stringent enforcement actions against drug-related crimes and cut off the supply of illicit drug.

     Mr Ng also highly commended police volunteers for their participation. ¡§Anti-drug initiatives have yielded good results. Students, teachers and parents are further enriched with the knowledge about the evils of drugs. The project helps students stand firm and say no to drug when faced with such temptation, by developing healthy lifestyles and positive value among them,¡¨ he said.

     Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Police Force and the Hong Kong Catholic Diocesan School Council, ¡§Build a Healthy School Together¡¨ is a two-year community-based project, which aims at raising the awareness of students and young people to resist drug.

     The Anti-drug Week was held in some 130 primary and secondary schools. Programme activities included anti-drug messages exhibitions, interactive drama performances and anti-drug sharing sessions conducted by police volunteers. Eight innovative e-learning packages have been produced for over 100 000 students to acquire anti-drug knowledge in class.

     Other officiating guests included the Project Steering Committee Advisors, Dr Lee Yuk-lun and Mr Ng Siu-keung; the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime), Mr Lo Mung-hung; the Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, Rev Dominic Chan, the Commissioner for Narcotics, Mrs Erica Hui, and the Chairman of the Action Committee Against Narcotics, Professor Daniel Shek Tan-lei.

     To conclude the event, led by the Secretary for Education, participating students said ¡§No¡¨ to drugs to demonstrate their determination to stand firm against drugs.

Police Report No.247

Ends/Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Issued at HKT 18:16


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