Annual regional discussion on UNODC Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence programme held in Belgrade

8-9 November 2018, Belgrade, Serbia: In collaboration with the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and with the support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, UNODC organized a Regional workshop on Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence (LQSFA) programme implementation with national professionals and Lions Club representatives from the South Eastern Europe (SEE) region. 

The objective of the meeting was to discuss the programme results in SEE, the programme implementation methodology, as well as potential expansion strategies. Among the positive outcomes of the event were the very active networking of the professionals and the energetic exchanges on best practices related to the programme implementation.

Participants who attended the workshop represented the relevant national institutions (Ministries of Education and Security from the region) and local Lions Clubs from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.

The LQSFA programme commenced in SEE in 2014 with the implementation in Serbia and has grown since then and gradually expanded to Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Understanding the cultural and technical specificity during the programme implementation, mostly in view of the structure of national educational system and its readiness to integrate and sustain programme implementation, the programme was eventually extended to Bosnia and Herzegovina with suggested longer implementation modality to two years. Following the expansion strategy, the initially involved countries in the programme pilot (Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia) also continued with the additional, longer, programmatic cycle with supplementary 10 elementary schools per country. Furthermore, the LQSFA programme will be offered to Croatia following the suggested innovative implementation modality.

With regard to the results of the programme, UNODC conducted a scientific analysis of the collected pre-/post-test data sets, resulting in positive outcomes on substance use and the intention to use substances (alcohol, tobacco and cannabis) in the next period of 3 months. The evidence-based results are conclusive on the positive effect of the implemented programme with the intervention groups of students comparing to the control group who haven't had direct contact with the programme intervention.

The regional workshop is considered as the annual platform for the exchange of practices related to the evidence based social emotional learning interventions and its scale-up in SEE among national professionals and Lions Club representatives. The next event is to be expected in November 2019.

More resources available at:

Presentation Ms. Ariel Dickson - Lions Quest South East Europe Project Results https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7Wu0gt1HUI

Presentation Ms. Ariel Dickson - Lions Quest Global Perspective https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FQ0hAkgGqk&t=18s

Presentation Mr. Wadih Maalouf - UNODC Global Initiative for prevention on drugs, crime and violence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcFGEC1p-wc&t=7s

Presentation Mr. Milos Stojanovic - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihSCMSsS-RI