FAD understands that it is of great importance to prepare girls and boys to be able, when the moment arrives to make autonomous decisions in before the broad and varied offer that reality presents, to face drugs from greater levels of liberty and less vulnerability. That is why it proposes preventive education as the fundamental action in view of risky behaviours, and the childhood period as the most suitable moment to initiate the process. The slogan “Education is all” is the summary, by force simplified, that the philosophy of FAD wants to promote.
Drug problems rarely present themselves in an isolated way, and certain personal factors, of relation with other people and socio-cultural, can have a decisive incidence. That is why prevention cannot limit itself to the warning of risks. To prevent demands supporting the development of people and social groups, especially those of the young, trying to generate spaces of more liberty, understanding this as the capacity of being autonomous, of having more vital options and of being able to organize one’s own life.
Being able to receive an education from childhood period is key, since it is the beginning of life when the basic conditions for personal development are created. Self-esteem, self-control, empathy, respect to one’s own body, tolerance, etc, help to manage better the potential risks that inevitably will have to be faced. Obviously, avoiding that doing so would signify neglecting work during the periods, basically of teenage and first youth, in which the appearing of risky situations is concentrated.
FAD backs an educational point of view of prevention, understanding education as an intentional process that aims to better people and groups through a global an d integral strategy, and acts in all fields in which the process of educating becomes more definite: family, school and community.
On another side, experience from these past years working has demonstrated that actions and programs constructed to prevent uses of drugs and their consequences can also be indirectly effective to prevent other risky behaviours such as violence, intolerance, racism or school failure, because of the common origin of the conflicts, joined to mistakes in the educational process. All of that leads us to emphasize the demand of strengthening educative approaches, and to do it all through cutting edge strategies.
In all of this process, the FAD is making an effort to make it understood that preventive education from the first stages is a fundamental factor to reduce the risks of the use of drugs, and also to reduce other socially risky behaviours. It is fundamental to initiate this educational process of unspecified prevention precociously and to be preparing the person from his or her childhood.
These educational actions are compatible with other programs directly focussed to particular aims: information about substances, uses and consequences, promotion of critical thought in teenagers, specific proposals for risky groups, etc.
At the same time, the Foundation considers it necessary to continue to work in gaining professionals and mediators, all those who are directly or indirectly implicated in the multiple aspects of the tasks of prevention, so that the efficacy of the actions grows. In this strategy of education a special attention is given to new technologies, not only to widen the impact of the actions but also to incorporate new means of communication to the formulas of preventive dialogue.
Finally, conscious that any line of intervention develops in a sociological context that makes work easier or more difficult, and convinced that the drug problems demand a collective mobilization, FAD develops a whole line of communication, through multiple formulas, destined to raise the conscience of society, stimulate its mobilization, orientate the collective discourse, etc.
In sum, the FAD is an institution firmly compromised with the prevention of drug use and puts its abilities and technical knowledge, its experience and its capacity of innovation in service for people and society.