Dushanbe, Tajikistan, April 16, 2012 – The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) section of the U.S. Embassy and local partner NGO Dast ba Dast organized an anti-drug themed dance festival at the Mayakovski Theatre in Dushanbe on April 8, 2012. Over the last three months, NGO Dast ba Dast recruited choreographers to assist students develop dances representing successful battles against drug addiction. Each school presented a different interpretive dance that reflected the harmful nature of drug use and the joys of life without drugs. This project also established six sustainable dance clubs in Dushanbe.
The goal of the festival was to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and to develop healthy extra-curricular activities for students. A total of 120 schoolchildren aged 12-17 from six Dushanbe schools participated in the festival. Following the event, Dast ba Dast donated equipment to the dance clubs. Articles about the project activities and drug issues in Tajikistan were published, and five radio programs were aired on Radio Vatan, raising awareness of drug problems and advertising the festival. Continue reading