Pattaya School 11 signed an agreement with the World Vison Foundation and local police and communities to help battle drug use by youths.
Principal Jirasak Jitsom inked the pact with the NGO, the Nongyai and Chaiyaporn Witee communities, members of the Ruam Yodnam Pen Saitarn project, and Pattaya Police Aug. 2. The agreement aims to effectively fight off drugs in local neighborhoods.
Manote Nongyai, chairman of the education committee at Pattaya School No. 11, said the only way to tackle the drug problem is to unite with local organizations and divert the attention of youths away from curiosity about drugs.
Students will succeed if they stick with the right friends, listen to parents and teachers, and focus their interests on things like music and sports, he said.
It is also important that the children should know the dangers of drugs, of what they could do to the body and mind, and how much they could affect their futures, especially if they are caught and jailed.
The other main issue is family problems. The ratio of youths on drugs from broken homes is quite high, Manote said. That is why it is important that community leaders, volunteers, teachers and anti-drug foundations act before it is too late.
The agreement calls for the participants to collaborate and organize more activities and educational seminars to battle drugs at the youth level.