Launch of mobile drugs education unit for pupils

The new mobile classroom was launched at Westhill Primary School.
The new mobile classroom was launched at Westhill Primary School.

A new mobile drugs education classroom has been launched in the North-east.

The facility will replace the oldest of the three units used by Aberdeenshire Life Education Centres (ALEC), a drugs education charity, when visiting schools in the region.

The classroom is equipped with a variety of technology that makes it a multi-sensory environment for pupils to learn about health and wellbeing topics including medical, legal and illegal drugs.

ALEC Chair, Steve Mackison, said: “This unique learning environment will facilitate the continued delivery of our specialised drug education programmes to all nursery and primary school children.

“We are particularly indebted to TAQA for their generous contribution to the cost of this classroom, as well as other local businesses, charitable trusts and Rotary clubs across Aberdeenshire.”

Education, Learning and Leisure Committee chair Councillor Isobel Davidson said: “In today’s society drugs education is a very important part of preparing young people for adult life to help them make good decisions.

“I hope it will help children develop the vital knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to make informed choices about health that will enhance and enrich their lives.”

In the 2012/13 session, ALEC made visits to 87 nurseries, 151 primary schools, 15 academies and four special needs schools.

Ellon Rotary Club has been involved in the project. The unit will be in the local area in June.