About the Program

“Unplugged” is an evidence-based school program for the prevention of smoking, alcohol and drugs based on the Social Cognitive Theory Model. It is the fruit of cooperation between seven European countries within the EU-Dap and UNODC and has shown effective results in reducing drug use among adolescents.


  • Prevent drug use and risky behaviors through empowering life skills among students
  • Enhance students’ knowledge about tobacco, alcohol and drugs
  • Strengthen the ability to think critically and make informed decisions



  1. Decision-Making
  2. Creative Thinking
  3. Effective Communication
  4. Relationship Skills
  5. Self-Awareness
  6. Empathy
  7. Coping Skills
  8. Normative Beliefs
  1. Partner with governmental entities and local actors
  2. Build the capabilities of program coordinators from leading partners
  3. Identify and contact schools or Community Based Organizations
  4. Recruit and train trainers on the program
  5. Recruit and train educators on the program
  6. Implement sessions with students
  7. Coach the educators throughout the implementation
  8. Monitor and Evaluate the program
  9. Document lessons learned and disseminate knowledge
  • Adolescents aged12-14 years
  • In school setting
  • On ground
  • 12 months
  • 12 sessions
  • 50 minutes per session
  • 20 to 25 participants per session