The EU Action against Drugs and Organised Crime (EU-ACT) funded by the European Commission and implemented by FIIAPP supports Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and LEPL Office of the Resource Officers of Educational Institutions to develop and improve drugs and substance abuse prevention activities for pupils and children at risk.
For this purpose, EU-ACT project jointly with the Office of the Resource Officers invited the experts from Poland to conduct need assessment for improving psycho-social work and activities of the resource officers, psychologists and social workers dealing with young children at schools.
In frames of the need assessment mission, Professor Krzystof Ostaszewski, Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology of Poland and Ms. Boguslawa Bukowska, Deputy Director of the National Bureau of Drug Prevention have met with the resource officers, psychologists, social workers and community police officers. These target audience have participated in focus group meetings and workshops with the experts. In addition to this, Polish experts have also met with representatives of different Georgian agencies involved in drug related preventative activities in order to better understand functionality of all relevant institutions involved in drug prevention.
The fifth day of the assessment mission covered a meeting with Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, Ms. Natia Zedgenidze. At the meeting with the Deputy Minister, the polish experts together with the representatives of the EU-ACT Tbilisi regional office discussed the concept of the safe school in Georgia, further plans and steps to improve drug prevention at schools.
Once the experts finalise the need assessment report, EU-ACT project plan to continue further activities with the Government of Georgia in order to improve and develop comprehensive drug prevention programmes based in compliance with the EU standards and best practices.