All elementary education institutions in Haryana would celebrate the third week of May as awareness week against “drug menace”.

While stating this on Thursday, a spokesman of the School Education Department said that the aim of the awareness week is to make the school children and parents aware about ill effects of drugs on their health, relations among families and society.

Besides all government and private schools, District Institute of Educational and Training (DIET), Government Elementary Teachers Training Institutes (GETTIs) and Block Institute for Teachers Education (BITE) will also celebrate the awareness week against drug menace.

The spokesman said that the heads of schools, DIETs, GETTIs, and BITEs would organize competitions like poster making, slogan writing, skit, plays and mime each day, which have the theme of awareness against drug menace.

He said that various departments including health, Social Justice and Empowerment and Information, Public Relations and Languages Department have also been asked to cooperate with the School Education Department to make this awareness campaign successful.

The spokesman said that apart from this, they would organize meetings of Gram Panchayat and parents to get their maximum constructive support in this awareness campaign. They would also ensure to get the services of experts like doctors and clinical psychologists to identify the victims and provide them counselling.

He said that heads of schools, DIETs, GETTIs and BITEs along with School Management Committees, National Cadet Corps and National Service Scheme volunteers and scout guide and all school children would strive to make this awareness campaign successful in each school.

If there is more than one school in a village, the senior branch would organize this function in their campus and remaining schools would cooperate in organisation of this awareness campaign.

He said that at block level, the Block Education Officers and Block Elementary Education Officers would ensure the celebration of this week in all schools of their respective blocks.