Americans Appreciate the Achievments of Sakhalin Educators and Psychologists Very High
A meeting with USA Agency for International Development took place in the social rehabilitation center of Uzhno-Sachalinsk
UZHNO-SAKHALINSK. May 20. VOSTOK-MEDIA – A meeting with delegation of USA Agency for International Development (USAID) was held yesterday in the rehabilitation center of Uzhno-Sakhalinsk. The representatives of the regional administration, department for social protection of Sakhalin Region, educators and psychologists who run the ‘All Thats Good for You’ program that promotes healthy lifestyle for kids and also children than went through the program took part in the meeting.
Child educators from child care facilities run by the Department of Social Security launched the program in December, 2008. Behaviorally challenged children with bad habits from the so-called at-risk groups were selected for participation in the program.
The first results showed that this innovative program including educational courses is unparalleled in terms of efficiency. The children developed strong feeling of resentment towards unhealthy lifestyle choices, including smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, and being exposed to STDs. And even after returning to their common social setting – to their parents and friends who have different values – they are trying to adhere to healthy lifestyle. Some of them even had positive influence on their parents and peers.
This positive result is based on unconventional methods. There are no lectures about the harm that smoking, alcohol drinking and substance abuse causes. But there are simple games imitating different situations. When fully involved in such a game, teenagers perceive the true nature of various public attitudes and develop an understanding that having the great success in one’s life is only possible when one’s healthy.
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