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  October 26, 2007

The Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (SE/CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), the National Information Strategy Center (NSIC), the Government of Costa Rica through the Ministry of Public Education, and the Costa Rican Institute on Drugs (ICD) signed a memorandum of understanding for the implementation of the program Culture of Lawfulness in the third year of general basic education.

The program’s goal is to increase the knowledge, attitudes and skills of high school students about the rule of law and the promotion of behaviors that contribute to the prevention of crime, corruption, the use of drugs, and violence. In the Americas, the program is being implemented in Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and Panama.

Through this cooperation agreement, the program’s methodological tools will be adapted to the Costa Rican conditions and then published. Also, teachers will be trained, and 1,000 copies of the novel Lord of the Flies by British novelist William Golding, winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize in Literature, will be distributed. The goal is to institutionalize the program in the Civic Education coursework to guarantee that, in the long term, Costa Rican students have access to the program’s benefits and participate in building and promoting a culture of lawfulness in their own lives.

Although this approach is targeted at the school system, it should also spread beyond to influence new actors and social circumstances at work in Costa Rican society, which is invited to join the initiative.

More information on the CICAD and its activities can be found at:

Reference: E-268/07