Queen Sil­via of Swe­den lauds Kuwait’s anti-drug ef­forts

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Queen Sil­via of Swe­den, who is also chair­per­son of Men­tor Foun­da­tion In­ter­na­tional, has com­mended ef­forts by the Kuwaiti of­fi­cial and pri­vate bod­ies for the preven­tion of drugs, and aware­ness on their dan­gers.

Drugs are no lo­cal or even re­gional prob­lem, but an in­ter­na­tional one that wor­ries the en­tire world, Queen Sil­via said yes­ter­day, dur­ing her cur­rent visit to Kuwait. She said that the world has been suf­fer­ing from the spread of nar­cotics and drug-tak­ing at early age, as they have be­come easy to buy un­der var­i­ous names and at low prices. It is a global worry.

The Queen voiced pride of the hard ef­forts and achieve­ments of Men­tor Ara­bia in Kuwait and the en­tire Arab re­gion. Men­tor Ara­bia is a re­gional non-gov­ern­men­tal foun­da­tion which ad­vo­cates for drug preven­tion among Arab chil­dren and youth. It is an af­fil­i­ate of Men­tor In­ter­na­tional, op­er­at­ing un­der the mis­sion of “A world where chil­dren and young peo­ple are em­pow­ered to make healthy de­ci­sions and avoid drug use.” Kuwait has fruit­ful co­op­er­a­tion with Men­tor Ara­bia, through the Min­istries of Ed­u­ca­tion, and In­for­ma­tion, and the Min­istry of State for Youth Af­fairs.

Queen Sil­via highly ap­pre­ci­ated Kuwait’s sup­port to the foun­da­tion, re­fer­ring to the lead­ing na­tional pro­gram for drug aware­ness, known as Gheras, that has been a ma­jor part­ner in Men­tor’s ef­forts and goals. The Queen stressed the prior im­por­tance of tar­get­ing peo­ple at early age with anti-drug cam­paigns, as par­ents are too busy at work to pro­vide dig­ni­fied liv­ing con­di­tions for their chil­dren.

Mem­bers of Men­tor In­ter­na­tional, 22 coun­tries around the globe, have been work­ing to­gether in har­mony and in­te­gra­tion to bring about the as­pired ef­fec­tive and pos­i­tive ef­fects, and to achieve the no­ble aim of the foun­da­tion, namely pro­tect­ing chil­dren and youth against drugs.

Queen Sil­via es­tab­lished Men­tor In­ter­na­tional in 1994 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, as the lead­ing in­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tion of not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions work­ing to de­velop ev­i­dence-based youth de­vel­op­ment pro­grams that fo­cus on pre­vent­ing drug abuse.

Queen Sil­via ar­rived in Kuwait on Fri­day to at­tend a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing train­ers and ed­u­ca­tors of the global pro­gram, peer ed­u­ca­tion, to pro­tect youth against drugs, or­ga­nized by Gheras in co­op­er­a­tion with Men­tor Ara­bia. Stu­dents tak­ing part in a draw­ing con­test to pro­mote the anti-drug cam­paign will also be hon­ored.

— Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: Queen Sil­via of Swe­den vis­its a func­tion against drugs or­ga­nized at the Kuwait Na­tional Li­brary in Kuwait City yes­ter­day.

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