Forum "For a Cheerful and Respectful Carnival" at the Lycée Fernand Léger in Coudekerque-Branche on 27th January, 2017.

The pupils were first divided into groups of 6 or 7 for each workshop.

1. Tobacco workshop

There was a discussion with the people in charge about tobacco and other illegal smoked products, "chicha" for example. They discussed their effects and the risks involved.

2.Cannabis workshop with the National Police

The police officer discussed with the pupils with an open mind and welcomed their remarks. The effects of cannabis, the traffics, the possibility of not being recruited when you look for a job in a big company, the ways of arresting the users and dealers (demonstration of the use of handcuffs), and the arm traffic caused by that trade.

3. Alcohol Workshop: "Respect your limits"

There was a discussion about alcohol and its effects on the central nervous system, the legal limits for drivers, the time needed for a drink to leave system. The students manipulated different sorts of glasses and realized what a "standard drink" is. This was followed by discussions about the popular beliefs about alcohol.

4. "Carnabus" Workshop: "Respect us"

The subject was the different buses running during the carnival, the respect due to the driver and the other passengers, the possible fines you can get if you do not respect the rules.

5. Workshop: "Protect yourself"

That workshop was carried out in cooperation with the family planning service. The pupils received a lot of information about sexuality and the risks involved when you are drunk or in contact with drunk people.

They learnt about the different ways to protect themselves during sexual intercourse. The pupils were able to discuss these subjects openly and ask all the questions they wanted to.

6. Safety workshop with volunteers from the Red Cross.

The different accidents that can occur during the carnival were reviewed and how to react both for the Red Cross volunteers and the people who witness an accident or incident. The emergency numbers and first aid gestures were reminded.

The rescuers explained the different actions they sometimes have to take and showed their equipment.

Then, the students visited the lorry, listened to the various types of sirens (day and night) and reviewed the whole equipment. They took that opportunity to ask a lot of questions.

7. Back at school

The students filled in a feedback questionnaire to find out what they remembered, to note down what they appreciated or not and ultimately to enable the organizers to improve the workshops.

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