Brazilian students receive awards in cultural contest about drug use prevention
2nd place - category for 3rd year students, Southeast Region
Brasília, 18 October 2013 - Young students from all over Brazil were awarded this week by the cultural contest "Education in Drug Use Prevention", held annually by the National Secretariat for Drug Policy of the Ministry of Justice (Senad/MJ), with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The Representative of the UNODC Liaison and Partnership Office in Brazil, Rafael Franzini, attended the awards ceremony on Wednesday at the Palace of Justice, where the students who won first prizes in the categories poster, photography, video, jingle and monograph received their awards. "The ceremony was exhilarating and I was very honored to participate in it. I would like to congratulate Senad for organizing the contest and reiterate UNODC's commitment and cooperation in future events like this", said Franzini.
Franzini gives the award to one of the winners
During the ceremony, the National Secretary for Drug Policy, Vitore Maximiano, spoke about the need to strengthen links between families and schools as an effective tool in prevention. He also highlighted the importance of a federal government program to combat crack use, which provides a set of actions divided into the axes of attention, care and prevention: "It is very important because it stimulates prevention actions from high school students up to college students, enabling them to the think about this harm".
Gabriel Silva, a nine year old boy from the state of Pará, was one of the winners with a video made at school with his friends. About the script, he described it in a simple but conscious way: "A boy was using drugs. Then a friend arrives and offers him a book".
Maximiano speaks at the ceremony
The teacher Francisco Aníbal, from Parajus, in the state of Ceará, attended the awards representing the student Ana Sara Albana. For him, drugs are a national problem that can reach beyond the walls of the school, so prevention should be handled within the classroom. "The teacher must educate the student so the school doesn't turn into a place for drug traffickers", warned Aníbal.
UNODC was one of the organizations that participated in the evaluation committee that selected the winners of the cultural contest. A total of 75 students from public and private schools across the country were awarded with prizes of up to R$ 6,000.
* With information from the Ministry of Justice News Agency