Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Consultation on Effective School Drug Education

Consultation on Effective School Drug Education

18 February 2004

The Ministry of Youth Development is seeking feedback on a draft
handbook about school-based drug education.

The draft handbook, called Strengthening Effective Drug Education in
Schools, stems from the Effective Drug Education (EDE) project led by
the Ministry as part of the Government's Action Plan on Alcohol and
Illicit Drugs.

The purpose of the EDE project is to identify and encourage best
practice for alcohol and drug education for young people, families and
communities.

Last year the Ministry conducted a literature review of research to
identify best practice in alcohol and drug education. The findings of
the literature review were used in the development of this draft
handbook for principals, teachers and drug education providers. The
handbook is intended to guide the design, delivery, evaluation and
purchase of drug education in schools.

Drug education occurs in schools as part of the national health and
physical education curriculum. The draft handbook aims to strengthen
the effectiveness of the curriculum-based approach to drug education.
It will expand on the Ministry of Education's drug education
guidelines by providing information on programme evaluation and
assessment of external providers.

Schools, drug education providers and interested people are invited to
provide comments on the draft handbook to the Ministry by 31 March
2004. The final handbook will be published and distributed to all
schools in September 2004.

The literature review and the draft handbook are now available on the
Ministry of Youth Development website.

The Ministry of Youth Development is coordinating the EDE project with
the Ministries of Education, Health and Justice and the Alcohol
Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC). Hon Jim Anderton chairs the
ministerial group overseeing implementation of the Action Plan.

Blair Anderson
ph (643) 389 4065 cell 027 265 7219

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