Services to Secondary Schools
Secondary School programmes serve to reinforce the existing curriculum, provide extra-curricular activities that fit in the scholastic calendar of events, and offer new programmes related to the prevention of addictive behaviours. These programmes are delivered by agency personnel and school teachers.
Sedqa provides age-appropriate sessions and courses, lesson plans for teaching staff, and other resources. It also organises periodical training seminars and support activities for teachers who deliver these programmes. The ultimate goal is to empower teaching staff to use the material developed by Agenzija Sedqa and to generate new resource material related to the addictions field.
Secondary Schools Programmes
Crossroads incorporate sets of resources and lesson plans, which deal with everyday issues, vis-a-vis substance abuse and other addictions. This material is available for both teachers and students. Different Crossroads programmes are available and designed in a way that they can be incorporated within the curriculum for Maltese, PSD, Social Studies and Home Economics subjects.
To download copies of Crosscroads click here.
All the Crossroads programmes are also available on C.D. For a copy kindly contact Sedqa's Prevention Services.
Ongoing networking meetings regarding Prevention Services and Sedqa's programmes in Secondary Schools are organised for staff within the Education Directorate. These meetings also serve to discuss and introduce new prevention concepts and approaches.
Prefects' Leadership Course
This is a one-day leadership skills training course, organised for class prefects and sub-prefects, bus prefects, students' council members and other students who are potential leaders in all Forms. This course is held either at school or outside school premises.
LifeFORCE International Programme
LifeFORCE is a Christian Theatre Organization that visit schools, churches, and community centres in many places around the world on a voluntary basis. Drama and musical performances by this youth group are aimed mainly for senior classes in secondary schools.
Sessions can also be carried out in Post-Secondary Schools and within the community, such as youth organisations. Most of the topics addressed deal with drug and alcohol abuse, violence and bullying, peer pressure, technological addiction, relationships, self-esteem and how to make the right choices. To check about the availability of this programme, kindly contact the Prevention Services.
School Development & In-Service Training
These consist of training updates about a variety of topics covered by the Prevention Services related to young persons who are still within the educational system. These are delivered to teachers and other school staff during staff development and in-service courses.
Testimonials are experiential discussions with a person who had a drug problem and who is usually in the last phase of the Agency's rehabilitation programme. This person would be accompanied by a Prevention Executive to give his/her past experiences related to drugs. These sessions are held with Form 4 and Form 5 students and also with parents.
Talks on various topics are held for parents either upon request or to compliment the sessions conducted with their children’s school. Topics dealt with are technological addiction and abuse, alcohol facts and myths, addictions, effective communication skills with adolescents, understanding bullying among youths, tips for parenting adolescents, substance abuse: signs and symptoms, amongst others. These talks can be offered both in the morning and in the evening, in various settings.
Agenzija Sedqa also provides ongoing educational and informative material such as leaflets, postcards, stickers and posters and C.D.s, for personal use or for distribution during prevention programmes in schools. Please contact the Prevention Services for copies of these publications. Some of the educational leaflets available can be viewed by clicking here.
Fatti...Mhux Ħrejjef is a booklet ideal for parents and young people, which gives information about the consequences of substance abuse. This booklet contains facts about alcohol abuse, drug abuse and other dependencies. Fatti...Mhux Ħrejjef tackles myths about substance abuse, outlines facts about various substances and explains what to do in cases of emergency.
This booklet is also available on CD both in Maltese and English. For a copy click here.
Suggested scheme of work for Secondary Schools
Agenzija Sedqa’s peripatetic teachers deliver 3-hour sessions to students in secondary schools. Topics may be altered from one class to another according to the needs of the particular school.
An introduction to the services offered by Sedqa; understanding what is an addiction; understanding the harms of smoking; IT related addictions. Form 2
Alcohol: the truth, the myths and the consequences.
Substance abuse: abuse and consequences of prescribed medicines & illicit drugs, including cannabis, ecstasy, heroin, inhalants, cocaine and LSD.
Juvenile delinquency and its consequences; anger management; Technological addictions and safety.
Overview of material covered over the secondary school years. Information is also given about Sedqa as a reference point, together with an outline of Sedqa services.
For more information contact:
Secondary Schools Section
4, Braille Street, Sta Venera SVR 1690
Telephone: 2388 5110