Coinciding with the commemoration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is celebrated every 26 June, the Provincial Council of Almeria organised the 7th Provincial Poster Competition ‘Conduce tu vida’, an addiction prevention programme aimed at students in secondary education and vocational training. The aim was to inform children about the problems caused by drug use and addictions to new technologies.
Drive your life’ has consisted of a training action prior to the design, by the students, of a poster in which they have expressed messages and images about healthy values and against the use of drugs and other addictions. This initiative has also had an impact on increasing the protection factors of young people against these problems and has been carried out throughout the 2021-22 academic year.
In this way, with the students of the participating educational centres, the workshops on Addiction Prevention Training have been carried out as a requirement for participating in the competition. Two types of workshops were held. One on substance addiction prevention in 12 schools in six municipalities: Almería, Vicar, Benahadux, Pechina, Fiñana and Sorbas, with the participation of more than 2,100 students. The other, on the positive use of new technologies, was carried out in 13 schools in seven towns: Níjar, Almería, Vera, Vícar, Roquetas de Mar, Viator and Pechina, with the participation of 1,229 students.
In a ceremony held at the Provincial Service for Drug Addiction and Addictions, the vice-president and deputy for Social Welfare, Ángeles Martínez, presented the prizes in the two competition categories. The vice-president thanked the centres and the young people for their involvement, as well as the originality which, as she stated, “they have shown in these posters to launch messages with which they are very aware. Awareness-raising and preventive actions to detect any risk situation and act in time are essential so that our minors have the appropriate tools”.
In this sense, the deputy highlighted the success of this initiative, which has reached around twenty towns and more than 3,300 pupils, as well as the quality and creativity shown in the design of the posters. The winning pupils and schools received a diploma and educational materials. After the prize-giving ceremony, the pupils took part in a talk and painting workshop on “Art as an activity for the integral development of multiple intelligences in children and adolescents”.
Category A: students enrolled in ESO, aged 12 to 14.
First prize: Marta Alonso, from Carmen de Burgos Secondary School in Huércal de Almería.
Second prize: Maribel Guillén, from Carmen de Burgos Secondary School in Huércal de Almería.
Third prize: Carla Jiménez, from Carmen de Burgos Secondary School in Huércal de Almería.
Category B: Students enrolled in ESO, Bachillerato, FP Medium Grade from 14 years of age.
First prize: Ana López, from IES Carlos III de Aguadulce, Roquetas de Mar.
Second prize: Alba Hidalgo, from IES Carmen de Burgos de Huércal de Almería.