Number of Macedonian teachers educated by UNODC in the life skill based programme has exceeded 100

29-31 October 2018, Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: In collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, UNODC and the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) successfully expanded the implementation of the Lions Quest "Skills for Adolescence" programme with the inclusion of 10 additional elementary schools, by organizing training of educators in Skopje.

As a result of this training, 20 educators were trained on the programme material and teaching skills to proceed with the direct implementation of the LQSFA programme sessions with the groups of students in their elementary schools in the period from November 2018 to June 2020. Participants nominated from Skopje, Veles, Kumanovo and Bitola have successfully completed the training workshops, thus increasing the current number of educated teachers in the country to 104, including the already trained teachers from the previously organized project training workshops.

The Lions Quest "Skills for Adolescence" programme is an evidence-based intervention developed by the LCIF based on the methodological approach to develop social and emotional competences with students as a foundation to establish relevant practices to prevent and delay onset of drug use.

A representative from the Ministry of Education and Science of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia officially opened the training, presenting national achieved results related to drug use prevention, mainstreamed interventions and effective policies. The value of the life skill based programme and its complementarity with the current national drug use prevention system has been repeatedly highlighted and welcomed.