Lions Quest "Skills for Adolescence" programme initiated in Montenegro as a result of collaborative effort of UNODC and Lions Club International Foundation

02-04 and 05-07 October 2015, Podgorica, Montenegro: In accordance with the agreed upon plan of the expansion of the UNODC - Lions Clubs International Foundation work in South Eastern Europe, the two agencies have commenced the pilot Lions Quest programme entitled "Skills for Adolescence" in Montenegro.

Montenegro is the third country in the South Eastern European region to benefit from the life skill school based Lions Quest programme "Skills for Adolescence". In Montenegro, the pilot programme is continuing following the successful implementation in the Republic of Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The pilot programme is implemented together with the Ministry of Education of Montenegro and has started in Podgorica with the two training workshops, in a series of five, where educators from six elementary schools: "Savo Pejanovic", "Branko Bozovic", Stampar Makarije", "21 May", "Maksim Gorki" and "Vuk Karadzic" successfully completed the training. As a result of these trainings, 30 educators were trained on the programme material and teaching skills to proceed with the implementation of 26 programme sessions with the groups of students in their schools from October 2015 to June 2016. Furthermore, as part of the programme capacity development process, two trainers of educators will be trained in parallel with the training workshops, to ensure the sustainability of programme application and higher numbers of trained experts.

The next three training workshops are planned from 29-31 October in Niksic and 2-7 November in Podgorica, Montenegro with 45 new educators to be trained.