Since 2002, there has been a 50% increase in drug abuse in Mexico. Add to that, lack of interest in school makes students more vulnerable to drugs and involvement in criminal activities. In Las Margaritas, Chiapas in particular, over half the population does not finish primary school. School-based prevention programs emphasizing academic performance, continued school enrollment and life skills will work as protective factors against substance abuse at a young age.
By focusing on the development of competencies as protective factors, teachersâ€™ educational and life skills and studentsÂ´ academic progress and personal growth will be supported.
This program will help reduce drug use in the community, and improve local health overall. Furthermore, improved academic achievement will impact studentsâ€™ employment prospects after graduation.