CHILDREN at Croughton All Saints Primary School have become the first in the country, outside of an airforce base, to take part in a drug awareness programme
Launched in America in 1983 the Drug Abuse Resistance Education programme was trialled for two years before being launched in the UK in 1995.
It has been available to schools in other counties, but up until this year it was only available to American children attending the Elementary School at RAF Croughton.
The course was delivered by MOD officer PC Keith Herring.
He said: “It is actually more of life skills course than a drug programme.
“Over 11 weeks children are taught about what makes a good friend, self esteem, and the different kinds of pressure, whether that’s pressure someone puts on themselves or peer pressure. We also teach them about the effects of drugs and where to get reliable information about them.
“We also teach them decision making models so if they’re confronted with drugs they can make the right choice.”