Let's Talk About Drugs National Youth Media Awards 2016

The 2016 Drugs.ie “Let’s Talk about Drugs” National Youth Media Awards was officially launched in the Department of Education Clock Tower Building.  The previous years event was launched by Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, T.D. 2016's event had Miriam O’Callaghan from RTE as guest of honour at the launch.

The awards are primarily aimed at secondary schools and colleges nationwide and are supported by the Department of Health, the HSE, COSC, the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Healthy Ireland and the Drugs.ie website. Drugs.ie is Ireland’s National Drug and Alcohol Information and Support Website. The drugs.ie site has in excess of 120,000 unique Irish visitors each year and over 500,000 international visitors.

This annual drugs education competition aims to help students explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society. To enter, students were asked to create either: a short video, an audio podcast, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) The hidden harm of alcohol use; (b) The effects of drug use. The age categories for entering are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-25.

By getting involved, students can explore the issue of drugs and alcohol from a constructionist learning experience. This can have a more meaningful impact on their own understanding of the issues - as this type of learning experience is effective when people are also active in making tangible objects in the real world.

In turn, schools can take a proactive and innovative approach to raising awareness and understanding of the issues; issues that affect the lives of many young people in Ireland. On this basis, we were asking all teachers to encourage students to enter - as individual entrants - or as a group project.

Winners from the four age categories received an iPad mini and the overall winner received a prize of €2,000. Winners work is published on drugs.ie. The closing date for entries was the 31st of March 2016. 

Feel free to contact me on (01) 960 3010 or at awards@drugs.ie if you require any further information.

You will find details of winners and full competition details at www.drugs.ie/awards

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