ISLAMABAD: The Narcotics Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Islamabad and Developments in Literacy (DIL) are new partners in a drug demand reduction programme in Pakistan to effect a positive change in society, the US Embassy announced.”Children face tough choices when it comes to drug use and this programme will provide a solid anti-drug message. By assisting DIL to address these pressures, NAS hopes to combat drug abuse before it starts in Pakistan,” Narcotics Affairs Director Richard Adams noted. “With this funding, NAS will assist DIL to combat drug abuse by creating community awareness.”
DIL, with chapters in the US, Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom, is a NGO founded by Pakistani expatriates in the US It operates 150 primary and secondary schools in Pakistan, with a strong focus on gender equality and community participation. More than 13,000 children, the majority female, attend DIL-funded schools in rural, under-served areas.
The $100,000 donation from the U.S. Embassy through the Ministry of Narcotics Control will provide the means to establish a training institute where over 500 female instructors from DIL schools will receive specialized anti-drug training along with training in pedagogy, community leadership, and subject matter proficiency. Teachers from DIL’s training institute will support important values in Pakistani rural communities and the country’s next generation, with the message that education, supported by the community, can enable anyone to live a better life and overcome poverty and social ills such as narcotics use.