The competition is organized by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation and the Department of Social Affairs of Navalmoral de la Mata Town Council
Students from the fourth year of ESO (Compulsory Secondary Education) at Extremadura Secondary School from Montijo have won their way through to the final of the 6th regional competition on the prevention of drug use in leisure and free time among young people in Extremadura, held today in Almendralejo at the head offices of the Caja Almendralejo Savings Bank.
Arroyo Harnina Secondary School from Almendralejo, Castelar Secondary School from Badajoz and the winning school faced each other in the provincial semi-final in Badajoz. The members of the jury, made up of delegates from the Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction in Extremadura, expressed their satisfaction with the completed projects, congratulating both the students and the tutors, teachers and counsellors who have actively participated in the preparation of the work.
The final, scheduled for May, will bring together Extremadura Secondary School from Montijo and the Secondary School which wins the semi-final in the province of Cáceres, to be held next Friday at the Cultural Centre in Navalmoral de la Mata.
As for the prizes, the winners will win a trip to Warner Bros Park in Madrid and the runners-up a visit to Lusiberia Water Park in Badajoz.
The Competition for Secondary Schools which forms part of the Regional Programme on the prevention of drug use in leisure and free time among young people in Extremadura was launched in 2010 as an initiative of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation and the Department of Social Affairs of Navalmoral de la Mata Town Council to give the project a regional dimension, although Navalmoral Council had previously run it at a local level since 2006.
This activity aims to promote processes of intervention designed to eradicate, increase awareness of and prevent the causes which lead to drug abuse. In addition, the involvement of young people is encouraged by means of participatory and direct dynamics, given that the students themselves, together with their tutors, are those who prepare the projects, in order to create a better and real understanding of the harmful effects of drug use.
The six schools taking part this year join the 30 which have already done so until now (15 for each province), with the direct participation of more than 900 students and the indirect involvement of another 1200.