On 29 August 2022, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development, visited Ai Tong School for the Anti-Drug Ambassador Activity (AAA).
2. Since 2004, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has run the AAA annually, which comprises an activity booklet that aims to impart anti-drug messages to upper primary school students. Produced in two versions for Primary 4 and 5 students respectively, the booklet comprises an engaging storyline and interactive activities, such as crossword puzzles, designed to equip students with knowledge on the harms of drug abuse. An Anti-Drug Montage Competition is also held alongside as a fringe activity for schools to show their support for a drug-free Singapore through their artwork.
3. During the visit to Ai Tong School, Associate Professor Faishal joined a class of 33 Primary 5 students participating in the activity booklet and the online learning package on Ministry of Education (MOE)’s Student Learning Space portal as part of blended learning efforts. Ai Tong School has consistently been supportive of the AAA and has participated for many consecutive years. They had also submitted winning entries for the Anti-Drug Montage Competition in 2020 and 2021 (Refer to Annex).
4. Associate Professor Faishal also led the anti-drug ribbon folding exercise during the visit. This activity aims to educate students on the significance of the anti-drug ribbon, and to pledge support for the drug-free cause. Speaking at the event, Associate Professor Faishal highlighted the harmful effects that drugs have on one’s body and loved ones, adding that it was important to stay drug-free, and to grow up safe and healthy.
5. The AAA is distributed to schools and community organisations every year. It is also available on the MOE’s Student Learning Space portal as an online learning package. In 2021, approximately 38,500 students from 104 primary schools took part in the AAA. E-copies of the activity booklets, along with winning entries of the Anti-Drug Montage Competition showcasing students’ art and craft work, can be found at the CNB website
Photo 1 (CNB): Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development, and Mdm Diane Goh, Principal of Ai Tong School, pledging to be drug-free with Primary 5 students on 29 August 2022
Photo 2 (CNB): Students from Ai Tong School participating in the anti-drug ribbon folding exercise, led by Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim (centre). Joining the activity was Principal of Ai Tong School, Mdm Diane Goh (foreground).
Photo 3 (CNB): An excerpt from the Primary 5 AAA booklet
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
29 AUGUST 2022
Photos 4 to 7 (CNB): Health and Fitness Student Leaders from Ai Tong School participating in the Anti-Drug Montage Competition, featuring anti-drug ribbons and Captain Drug Buster, CNB’s original character, in the artwork
Description of montage entry
“The montage mural is a creation by the Health and Fitness Leaders. It is inspired by Captain Drug Buster’s effort to eradicate substance abuse. With the aid of all students in Ai Tong School, we will support the movement to keep Singapore drug-free. Over the course of 2 months, the student leaders drew, painted the mural and pasted images of all the Primary 4 and 5 students pledging to keep Singapore drug-free.
The prominent landmarks, interpreted by the students’ imagination, are illustrated in icon buttons to represent a vibrant and modern drug-free Singapore. The sea surrounding Singapore is teeming with 100 ribbons folded and contributed by the students to represent the school’s 100% effort to support the anti-drug movement.
The photo montage includes all the Primary 4 and Primary 5 classes that pledged to support Captain Drug Buster. Holding the ribbons in their palms and pledging to fight substance abuse, students hope to be just like the prominent painting of Captain Drug Buster in the mural, holding the future of Singapore in their hands.
Let’s keep Singapore #DrugFreeSG!”
- Mr Jay Sng
Senior Teacher (Physical Education)
Ai Tong School
“The ribbons have our names and those of our friends who have contributed them for the mural. We are all involved in one way or another.”
“It inspires me to read more about staying away from drugs.”
“I like how Captain Drug Buster is holding the island in his hand - meaning we have got this under our control.”
“It delivers the anti-drug message in a beautiful and creative way.”
Source: Students of Ai Tong School, on the montage
“Interesting and engaging activities!”
Source: Mr Mohd Hazli, Teacher of Ai Tong School, on the AAA activity booklet