“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” Socrates
This 6-week course is about helping young people develop drug literacy—the knowledge and skills they need to survive and thrive in a world where drug use is common. Research shows that 72% of 18 year-olds have tried alcohol, many will have tried cannabis and some will have experimented with other drugs. Children and youth try drugs for a variety of reasons that may have little to do with the drug itself. The most common reason is to have fun.
Developing drug literacy involves much more than acquiring knowledge about drugs and their potential impacts. It involves exploring deeper questions about human relationships with these psychoactive substances as well as developing the capacity to survive and thrive in a world where people use drugs. The aim of this course is to provide a space where children and youth can have an open, honest discussion about drugs and explore their questions. It allows children and youth to analyze better and make proper decisions when they find themselves in situations where they have to decide whether to accept offers to drink/use drugs or not.
Instructor: Dr. Mahboubeh Asgari
Dr. Mahboubeh Asgari is a post-doctoral researcher in Philosophical Inquiry with Children in the Faculty of Education at UBC and a researcher at CARBC (Centre for Addictions Research of BC). She is the Founder/Director of The School of Inquiry in Vancouver, BC. The School of Inquiry is a space dedicated to reflection and dialogue. Mahboubeh has created this space to nurture children’s thinking and to empower them to think critically, creatively and caringly.
Mahboubeh works with love and care. She believes that deep down in every one of us there exists the purest form of love that can be nurtured and developed. This love can flourish by giving it selflessly and abundantly to everyone and everything without prejudice. She draws inspiration from this belief and the theme of love is a common thread that runs through everything she does.