Funder: AstraZeneca, Young Health Program- Step-Up Grant (2021-2022) Name of Project: Reinforcing Education with Technology and Recreation to Discourage Drug-Use (RETARD Drug-use) in Nigeria.

RETARD Drug was a 12-month youth-driven Drug Education and Prevention project implemented by Novel Association for Youth Advocacy (NAYA). The RETARD Drug project was aimed at reducing new drug uptake and continued use among youth in FCT, Nigeria.


The project developed a 5-module Drug Education and Prevention (DE&P) e-course to enable young persons utilize their mobile phones to access information on drug-related topics. The e-course was launched on the 23rd of June 2021 with representation from National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

The e-course currently has over 3,904 users who have been certified a RETARD Drug Advocate (RDA) and the numbers are still counting.

NAYA also conducted in-person DE&P training for youth in FCT. The training has benefited 180 youth. Trainings were interspersed with recreational sports and games to retain interest, promote positive interactions and facilitate the learning process of participants.