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Public Libraries Team Up with CNB to Teach Children Dangers of Drug Abuse
A “Say No to Drugs!” event was held at the Woodlands Regional Library on 28 August 2016.

The usual silence at the Woodlands Regional Library was punctuated with the excited cries of 50 or so children, who watched wide-eyed as actors put on a skit conveying the importance of making the right choices by rejecting drugs.

The skit was part of a “Say No to Drugs!” event held at Woodlands Regional Library and was attended by Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Mr Amrin Amin.

“We are doing this in the form of skits and we’re having parent ambassadors show the way, to show that it is actually possible for us to create awareness in an engaging manner and friendly manner, and in a less preachy manner,” said Mr Amrin.

The event was the latest in a series of initiatives jointly launched by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and the National Library Board (NLB) to spread anti-drug messages to the community.

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 Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Mr Amrin Amin sat amongst children as they watched a skit that encouraged children to stay away from drugs.PHOTO: Mabel Yap
 

The event also included an appearance by local doodling artists from Band of Doodlers. The group created a doodle mural on-site and encouraged children to take part in wholesome and fun activities and stay away from drugs.

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 The mural featured depictions of positive and fun activities to encourage children to lead a wholesome lifestyle without turning to drugs.PHOTO: Mabel Yap
 

“We designed the doodle mural to focus on positive impacts like good family relationships and having a healthy lifestyle and hobbies… It encourages children to be involved in positive activities instead of needing to turn to drugs as a distraction from life,” said Ms Elizabeth Lim, 24, a Band of Doodlers artist.

Members of the public were also encouraged to pen down their thoughts about the anti-drug cause and add their own doodles to the mural during the event. The mural will be displayed at the Woodlands Regional Library from now until 15 September 2016.

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 Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Mr Amrin Amin writes a message in support of the anti-drug cause. The message reads, “It’s your life! Live it to the fullest! NO DRUGS. CHOOSE LIFE”. PHOTO: Mabel Yap
 


The CNB and NLB will also be organising more anti-drug skits at various public libraries from now until December 2016. This is to spur conversation between parents and children about the perils of drug abuse.

The skits will be staged via the NLB’s Super Storytastic programme, a weekly half-hour storytelling programme held at various public libraries. The programme aims to engage primary school students between seven to 10-years-old, as well as their parents.


  1. by Jaiesh Sachi
  2. 29 August 2016
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