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CND and UNODC begin parental strengthening program in the Dominican Republic

The training of facilitators on prevention of drug use and other risk behaviors program in our youth initiated on March 2017, for the first time in the country theoretical and practical is given for the Parental Strengthening Program, entitled "Parental Skills: Learning to Educate Efficiently and Preventively to Our Sons and Daughters" within the framework of the "Building Strong Families in the Dominican Republic" project funded by the INL Section of the US Embassy. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in cooperation with the Dominican National Drug Council (CND), will last two and a half years, and seeks family strengthening through programs based in evidence.
This Program is an initiative aimed at parents, mothers and family tutors with adolescents between 15 and 18 years of age; it consists of a skills development curriculum for parents, teenagers and the family as a whole, divided into eight sessions of an hour and a half, during which the use of videos, analysis workshops, educational games and dynamic activities is implemented, seeking to improve their parental skills as primary protective agents for adolescents, being this is a risky stage.
UNODC Country Office has had the support of UNICEF and UN Women in mainstreaming both the Gender Approach and the Rights of Children and Adolescents in this program.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Deputy Regional Representative of UNODC ROPAN, Mr. Olivier Inizan and representatives of the National Drug Council (CND) and the Ministry of Education (MINERD) of the Dominican Republic, who encouraged participants with their word, stressing the importance of these type of prevention strategies and programs based on scientific evidence in the Dominican Republic. Endowed by an artistic activity of the inmates of the Correction and Rehabilitation Center Najayo-Women, who gave a hopeful message of change in our communities.
Subsequently, facilitators Begoña Gómez del Campo, from UNODC, Lohadis Ureña, from CND, Divina García from MINERD, Miosotis Rivas from UN Women and Elisa Frías from UNICEF; formed a new group of 35 facilitators belonging to the MINERD, CND, CONANI, Comprehensive Care for the Family Center and Pregnant Women Care Center; who will continue their theoretical and practical training during the coming months, under the supervision and coordination of UNODC