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Campaign Against Youth Drug Use (LK0028)



Action Plan: Sri Lanka Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Ministry in charge of Child Affairs, Ministry in charge of Education

Support Institution(s): Presidential Secretariat, National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, National Authority of Tobacco and Alcohol, National Child Protection Authority. Alcohol and Drugs Information Centre; Foundation for Innovative Social Development, Healthy Lanka, Sarvodaya and other CBOs working on this issue

Policy Areas

Education, Health, Marginalized Communities, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Change behaviour of school children to say “No” to Drugs, Tobacco, Alcohol and other Substances by 2020
1st March 2019 – 31st August 2021
Lead implementing agency/actor Ministry in charge of Child Affairs, Ministry in charge of Education
Commitment description
What is the public problem that the commitment will address? Use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco by school children in both urban and rural areas has been a significant concern for well over a decade particularly because it is a sensitive age where such use can lead to long-term addictions. The main reasons for children becoming vulnerable to use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco is peer pressure or lack of knowledge or guidance about their adverse consequences. Many children who have engaged in drug use were found to have dropped out from school. There are other adverse social and health issues affecting children with drug-use behaviours.
What is the commitment? The Ministries in charge of Child Affairs and Education in collaboration with the Presidential Secretariat will establish and strengthen School Drug Prevention Committees in 6400 secondary schools. The School Drug Prevention Committees composed by school children, parents and teachers will be an effective decision making forum for drug prevention activities. Other strategies to discourage drug and other substance use by children will be implemented through Rural Committees and religious organisations. A proper mechanism will be in place to monitor the School Drug Prevention Programme. An Annual Summit will be held to review the School Drug Prevention Programme and share best practices.
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem? This commitment will use creative strategies to involve school children as active participants in drug prevention activities. They will be empowered to take informed decisions and be self-motivated to change any drug use behaviours. Participation of communities in Rural Committees will work towards creating drug-free environments in their villages. Equipped with a proper understanding of the risks and dangers of drugs and a physical environment to support drug prevention, the probability of children engaging in drug-user behaviours will be minimised.
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values? This commitment promotes public participation and transparency as citizens, including school children, parents, teachers and communities, get involved in implementing and monitoring strategies for drug prevention.
Additional information The commitment will strengthen the national programme for drug prevention conducted by the Presidential Secretariat and the policies and programmes for protection of children.
Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable Start Date: End Date:
1. School Drug Prevention Committees will be established and strengthened in 6400 secondary schools to implement strategies to discourage use of drugs among school children. March 2019 June 2019
2. Strategies will be implemented through Rural Committees to discourage drug use by children outside school premises. May 2019 August 2019
3. Drug prevention activities for children will be implemented through the intervention of religious leaders and religious places. September 2019 November 2019
4. The School Drug Prevention Programme will be monitored. March 2019 August, 2021
5. An Annual Summit will be held to review the School Drug Prevention Programme and share best practices. September, 2019 September, 2020


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  2. Asset Declaration System

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  3. Increase Use of RTI

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  4. Citizen Participation in Health

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  5. Campaign Against Youth Drug Use

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  6. Open Data

    LK0029, 2019, Access to Information

  7. Agriculture Support Policy

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  8. Participation for Persons with Disabilities

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  9. Disability Rights Bill

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  10. Disaster Management Planning

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  11. National Environmental Policy

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  12. CEDAW Implementation

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  13. Local Service Delivery

    LK0036, 2019, E-Government

  14. Feedback on Public Bus

    LK0037, 2019, E-Government

  15. Implementing UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in a Participatory Manner

    LK0038, 2019, Legislation & Regulation

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  17. Transparent Policy to Provide Safe and Affordable Medicines for All

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  18. National Health Performance

    LK0003, 2016, Capacity Building

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  20. Enhance the Services of Government Information Center (GIC- 1919) for Inclusive, Transparent, Accountable and Efficient Governance, Using ICT As Enabler

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  21. Promote the Open Data Concept and Delivering the Benefits to Citizens Through ICT

    LK0006, 2016, Access to Information

  22. National Environmental Act (NEA) Amendments

    LK0007, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  23. Coast Conservation

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  24. Flora and Fauna Protection

    LK0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Transparent and Accountable Procurement System for Local Authorities in Sri Lanka

    LK0010, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  26. Local Authority Procurement System Implementation

    LK0011, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  27. Annual Work Plan of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs to Include a Transparent and Accountable Process to Implement Selected Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Concluding Observations.

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  28. CEDAW Implementation – Accountability

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  31. Strengthen the Anti-Corruption Framework to Increase Constructive Public Participation

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  33. Coordination Among Anti-Corruption Agencies

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  35. Campaign Finance

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  36. Disseminate Asset Declaration

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    LK0022, 2016, Access to Information

  38. Proactive Disclosure

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