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Queen Letizia hears about impact of pandemic on work against drug addiction

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Queen Letizia learned how the coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on the prevention of drug use in Spain.

On Tuesday, the Queen chaired a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction (FAD).

Accompanied by Ignacio Bayón, FAD President; Beatriz Martín Padura, General Director; María Rodríguez Renovales, General Secretary; and with the trustees participating via videoconferencing software, Queen Letizia learned about the Foundation’s projects that had been implemented in 2020 and those that would carry over into 2021.

The FAD noted that its research over the past year, with regards to the pandemic, has “been essential to sociologically analyse the crisis, focusing on the youth population and delving into new topics such as emotional health, distance education or digital skills.”

In terms of programs and training, the FAD has designed new support projects that will revitalise the educational landscape by offering the resources to “families, schools and professionals to face the effects of the COVID crisis.”

The FAD has also carried out social awareness campaigns that recognised the work of teachers and supported the emotional wellbeing of children and young people and worked to adjust its strategies for design and implementation of projects so that they were aware of the sensitivities of the coronavirus pandemic and the hurricanes that hit Central America last year.

Queen Letizia also learned how projects related to educational redevelopment following the pandemic; curbing hate speech; and diversifying programming, in a partnership with Netflix, would continue through 2021.

The Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction was formed in 1986 as a way to curb drug use amongst adolescents, and it centres its works around five key areas: “education; technology as a space for youth socialization and a tool; health and well-being, gender equity, and employability.”

Queen Letizia is the honorary President of the FAD.

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Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.