2010-Mar-29, Chinese Drug Prevention Education Representatives Participate in International Training Course held in Thailand
On March 23rd, 2008, the Assistant Director of Beijing’s Base for the Forbidding of Narcotics and Hallucinogens, Shi Jianchun, led a five-member delegation to Thailand to participate in the 10-day "Social Development and Drug Prevention Essentials Training Course for Youth”.  

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and The Beijing Base’s Assistant Director Shi Jianchun attend the opening ceremony of the “Social Development and Drug Prevention Essentials Training Course for Youth” hosted by Thailand.

The opening ceremony.

China’s delegation members:  Beijing’s Base for the Forbidding of Narcotics and Hallucinogens’ Assistant Director Shi Jianchun (center), volunteer representative Jackie Yang (杨彬;far right), The Drug Free Zone website representative Angela Wang (王瑶;right), and Base Exhibition Hall guides Wang Zhe (left) and Zhang Jie (far left).

Members of the China delegation make their presentation.

Small group activities: part of the training curriculum.

Group photo of all participating delegation members.

The delegation was made up of volunteers and employees from Beijing’s Base for the Forbidding of Narcotics and Hallucinogens, the Drug Free Zone website office, as well as personnel from the Base’s Exhibition Hall.
The course was sponsored by the ACCORD program, in cooperation with Thailand’s Narcotics Commission Office.  The content of the course included general training about drugs, the importance of focusing drug prevention education on youth, the “choice-establishment program”, basic leadership techniques for youth, team activities, as well as how to utilize anti-drug education exhibitions to develop anti-drug education activities for youth.  55 youth representatives and their leaders from the 11 countries which make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as China, participated in the training course.
During the 10-day course, the delegation from China had the opportunity to introduce participating nations to China’s current efforts in drug prevention education.  They used China’s national drug prevention education organization – The Beijing Base for the Forbidding of Narcotics and Hallucinogens – as a model to show how integrating distinguishing features, utilizing the internet, and establishing specialized locations can further develop drug prevention education and increase its effectiveness.
The exchange with drug prevention youth representatives from the other participating nation’s also strengthened the China delegation members’ knowledge of the importance and necessity of drug prevention education.  Members of the delegation participated in brainstorming activities and various small group activities which improved their concepts of planning and their organization techniques.  They established friendships with youth representatives from Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Burma, Laos, Indonesia, among others, and created a solid foundation for future cooperation within the international community in the further development of the drug prevention education field.
The China delegation leader Shi Jianchun said the training course was a unique international activity for all participating nation drug prevention education workers, one that is difficult to come by.  He stated that he hopes this kind of training will be further developed over time, and hopes that the training content will continue to pose key drug prevention education questions for discussion.  He also hopes that long-term international exchange functions can be established even after the training is over.  For example, a place for member exchanges on ACCORD’s website would doubtless have a positive affect toward the promotion of the ASEAN’s and China’s development of drug prevention education efforts.

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