Schools combats smoking through fun activities

Why can’t I be still be in school? Schools in Brunei are becoming more and more proactive in promoting health, education as well as life lessons, and motivation, where now the emphasis is education starts in school, but continues on in life.

One such program which had caught my attention was the Anti smoking campaign – a gateway to drug addiction organised by Cluster 1 schools and the Narcotics Control bureau. It was a two day campaign but it was a very intensive two day program, with seminars, games, performances and activities such as the explorace not only for students but also for teachers.

“As effective school health program can be one of the most cost effective investments a nation can make to simultaneously improve education and health” WHO Director – General, April 2000)

Nicotine is a drug. People don’t realize how devastating is and the “silent” effect of nicotine. It is addictive like many drugs and gets absorbed into the bloodstream. Six to seven seconds later the brain can feel the reaction.

We all know that smoking is bad, and there are a lot of consequences from prolong use or inhalation with effects affecting the brain, muscles, organs and fertility, but how do we get the message across to the public, let alone teenagers and youths who are very active and at times have very short attention span.

One such collage which has been proactive in promoting health awareness as well as educating and motivating students in a dynamic and innovative fashion, organizing various programs, and events which caters to the highly active minds and bodies of teen boys.

By designing the program with value added values and games which helps teens learn while having fun has been so far successful in getting the message across, hence the anti smoking program has been compiled with jumbled with talks on awarness not only about the dangers of drugs and smoking but also on HIV, AIDs and STDs.

Competitions such as essays, drawings and drama performances based on the theme  – Stop Smoking (Adang tah Bersigup) has been effective in raising the awarness of the students about the dangers of smoking.

Meanwhile the drawings, and essays as well as other creative work done by the students during the program had been exhibited in a special exhibit where each school will be able to show case the exhibit in their own respective school when the program is over.

In fact the program is not only aimed at students, teachers in particular disciplined teachers are not left out, with talks on social issues given by the Community Development Department (JAPEM), highlighting on the issues which not only affects youths of the country but also social issues that have plagued the nation. 

Again I ask why can’t I be in school when all these programs are designed to help students , youths as well as teachers in improving themselves, their families, friends and the community on the whole.

Education starts at home, schools and collages helps refine them, its up to the individuals themselves to make something of it. With the right guidance, motivation and direction, the youths of this country could become something even more than just a leader they can be more than just a person with caliber, they can reach for the stars and beyond leading the country into a better and brighter future with integrity and respect.

Malay Version

Ketagihan rokok menjadi masalah global dan sudah banyak program dilancarkan membabitkan pelbagai perinkat untuk mengatasi masalah penagihan rokok.

Mereka yang merokok, walaupun menyedari kesan buruknya, terus meningkat bilangannya setaiap tahun, di Brunei Darussalam, pertamabhan keramaian remaja lelaki yang didapat menghisap rokok bertambah setiap tahun dan ini petanda tidak baik kerana remaja merupakan satu asset berharga dan genearasi pewaris masa depan.

Justeru program ini adalah sangat penting apatah lagi dilaksanakan melalui permuafakatan bersama dan kerjasama dengan pelbagai agensi bagi menjadikan sekolah sentiasa dalam suasana kondusif dan selesa kepada semua warganya.

Matlamat program ini ialah untuk menyelaraskan aktiviti—aktivit yang dijalankan oleh beberapa agensi kerajaan terhadap populasi sasaran yang sama supaya program ini boleh dilaksanakan secara tersusu dan bersepadu, berkongsi sumber, meningkatkan keberkesanaan program mengenalpasti dan memantau pancapaian yang perlu kea rah menjadikan sekolah dan persekitarannya bebas dari sebarang gejala negative terutama masalah merokok.

Tujuan program dilaksanakan adalah sebagai menyokong hasrat program bersepadu biro kawalan narkotik ‘KKatakan NDA kepada Dadah’ dan misi Jabatan Bimbingan dan Kaunseling iaitu “Melahirkan golongan pelajar-pelajar yang berilmu pengetahuan, berketrampilan, berakhlak tinggi serta berpandagan jauh ke depan” melalui amalan tidak merokok.

Tema “Adang Tah Bersigup!!” adalah selaras dengan matlamat memberi keutamaan kepada pencegahan awal bagi mengelakkan pelajar terjebak kepada gejala rokok dan seterusnya kesedaran tetnang bahaway penyalahgunaan dadah yang ebrmula dari hisapan pertama rokok.

Dengan program yang dijalan kan tersebut, penutut-penuntut mengikuti aktiviti-aktivity yang bukan sahaja mempuk minat dan kemahiran pelajar untuk berfikir secara kritis, dan membangun kemahiran komunikasi, kepimpinan dan berpasukan malah juga mengajar dan meningatkan penutut-penutut dan juga belia mengenai bahaya dadah, dan merokok.

Disamping itu bebarap taklimat mengenai isu-isu sosial, isu mengenai penyakit AIDs dan juga berberapa aktiviti-aktiviti yang memberi kesadaran menganai rokok dan dadah.

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