HEDO with drug abuse prevention
in Thanh Hoa province
( Speech by Director of Education and Training Department, Thanh Hoa
province at the HEDO Seminar on 28th March 2000)
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Quan Hoa is one of 11 mountainous districts of Thanh Hoa province,
with total area of 1,400 km2 and population of 40,905.
The terrain is very complicated with forest and mountains with
60 km bordering road with Laos. In the past Quan Hoa district
is a center of planting opium tree. Despite the fact that opium
lands are abolished today it is still a point of trading, storing,
transporting and trafficking drug. The addict here is numerous
at all age including school age. In the difficult, remote and
isolated areas, they discover more and more addicted people.
The Standing Anti-Social Evil Committee of Education and Training Department
identified that Quan Hoa is a focus point of drug danger, therefore
it has been paid much attention since school year 1993 - 1994.
Every year, Education and Training Department and Office hold
training course for cadres and teachers in order to raise their
awareness and knowledge about the dangers of drug abuse so that
they can communicate and educate their pupils. The pupils are
also provided with plenty of information concerning social evils
especially drug abuse through training courses, lessons combining
drug abuse prevention, life style education in the official and
In 1997, Thanh Hoa province have a pleasure to implement project Role
of schools in the strategy of drug abuse prevention, human settlement
and community development supported by Highland Education
Development Organization (HEDO) which is led by Prof. Trinh Ngoc
The project has promoted our strength. It has diversified objectives:
General Survey about Social Economy.
Drug abuse situation in the community.
Attitude and behavior of local people toward
the State and Party policy of opium tree eradication.
Knowledge and attitude of pupils toward drug
Discovery and releasing drug addicted people
and drug traffickers.
Role of school in the drug abuse prevention in
With the above objectives, the delegates brought many useful ideas
in the Workshop. Namely, the local people self-evaluate their
attitude and responsibility before this drug calamity, put forward
solutions to construct healthy and social evils free villages
and community. The schools are also aware of their responsibilities
in the fight against drug abuse. Thanks to the project, many people
especially living in remote and isolated areas who face the situation
of being blind for language, speaking and pictures
can access new information about drug abuse dangers, speak their
wishes and actively respond to State and Party policy of eradicating
Thanks to training courses, the pupils improved their awareness and
knowledge considerably. They have responsibilities of discovering,
releasing suspected people relating drug, mobilizing their families
to abolish opium tree and answering and participating general
survey and competitions.
In many aspects, school plays an important and pre-conditional role
in the drug abuse prevention. Regarding strategic and forecasting
aspects, it is a introductory activity for the future of one nation.
Drug abuse prevention education for pupil is in fact a preventive
measure for future because pupils are provided with knowledge,
measures to refuse and fight against drug at school. In addition,
they are future masters who have scientific and technological
knowledge to make great contribution in the rural and highland
economic development and community culture development in the
process of national industrialization and modernization.
Fighting against social evils especially drug abuse still faces a lot
of difficult especially in highland district because of the low-level
knowledge, lack of information and out of date information. Many
areas have the low starting development point and the local people
face three lacking. On the other hand, drug control
and communication are ignored in many areas due to complicated
and difficult terrain. Therefore, it requires more efforts and
responsibilities from people and schools. We understand that internal
force is basic and decisive in this cause. However, the spiritual
and material support of HEDO and UNDCP encourages and promote
the strength of schools in the fight against drug. So that schools
in general and highland schools in particular are really healthy,
free from drug and a sounding base for a strong, civilized and
social evil free society.
On the occasion of 10th anniversary of foundation of HEDO
who is a close and faithful friend of Education and Training branch,
we once again bear in mind and thank for support of HEDO and UNDCP.
We hope to continue to have support from you.
Wishing all of you good health and success.
Wishing HEDO always on the move.
Thank you very much for your attention.