In a concerted effort to tackle the pressing issue of drug abuse among children and adolescents, a significant initiative was set into motion on the 7th of August, 2023, in Ban Tang Sai, Thong Chai Subdistrict, Bang Saphan District, nestled within the picturesque landscapes of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. Mr. Watcharin Chandej, a respected figure as the President of the Mother of the Land Fund Network Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, played a pivotal role in organizing a comprehensive training project that aimed to bolster protection measures and provide viable solutions for the prevailing drug-related challenges.
The inauguration of the training project saw the distinguished presence of Mr. Sarawut Lim Arunrak, President of the Prachuap Khiri Khan Provincial Administrative Organization, gracing the event as the presiding authority. Additionally, the esteemed Mrs. Kanyamas Chujeen, Director of the Prachuap Khiri Khan National Park Area 1, lent her valuable insights to the cause, highlighting the critical importance of imparting knowledge about the perils of drug involvement to the participating children and youth.
The gravity of the drug predicament among the younger demographic has persisted across time, drawing deep concern from various quarters. The cyclical nature of this issue not only threatens the loss of invaluable human resources for the nation but also unfurls a cascade of subsequent complications. Hence, the crux of the initiative is to mold a collective consciousness, fostering an environment where children and youth comprehend the gravity and pitfalls of substance abuse. By actively participating in the prevention and resolution of drug-related predicaments, the youth are positioned to flourish in terms of leadership skills, resilience against drug temptations, and the embodiment of coexistence values, all of which culminate in the strengthening of personal pride and immunity against such threats.
The framework of this transformative endeavor saw a harmonious coalition of participants representing various sectors. Among the participants were children and youth affiliated with the Motherland Fund Network, along with the instrumental support of the Prachuap Khiri Khan Provincial Network Committee, community development officers, and educators from schools across the Thap Sakae District and Bang Saphan District. This eclectic gathering, totaling 80 individuals, convened for an immersive 2-day, 1-night camp scheduled between the 7th and 8th of August, 2023.
With the camp serving as a pivotal educational platform, the organizers ardently hoped that the invaluable knowledge garnered during this initiative would transcend its immediate setting. This transference of knowledge is envisioned to be carried forward by the participating children and youth, who will conscientiously disseminate the insights among their families, communities, and friends, thus creating a ripple effect that propels the battle against drug abuse into the heart of society.