UNODC and Lions Clubs International Foundation participate in national consultative meetings on the implementation of Lions Quest "Skills for adolescence" programme

16 October 2015, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia; 19 October 2015, Podgorica Montenegro:  Following the organization of the inception meeting of the Lions Quest "Skills for adolescence" pilot programme in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, meetings with the national group of experts in the field of drug use prevention were organized in Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia.

Meetings were scheduled as a part of the Lions Clubs International Foundation representative visit to the region of the South Eastern Europe to discus the pilot programme Lions Quest "Skills for adolescence" values and the set objectives, with the group of national experts delegated by the national counterparts.

With the support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and the city municipality Zvezdara a follow up meeting was organized in Belgrade on 16 October. Meeting objectives were to further discuss the programme implementation and its achieved results and to focus on the next steps respecting the lessons learned from the piloting phase of the programme. Meeting was attended, beside the national counterparts, by the representatives from the elementary schools where the programme was delivered. The importance of having the continuous implementation of the evidence based drug use prevention programmes and its usefulness for the students as well as for the teachers and the schools was repeatedly underlined.

On 19 October in Podgorica, the Ministry of Education of Montenegro together with UNODC organized an inception meeting of the Lions Quest "Skills for adolescence" pilot programme to present the programme material, implementation mechanism and acknowledged best practices from the region.  It was announced that programme will be piloted in five cities in Montenegro: Podgorica, Niksic, Cetinje, Danilovgrad and Spuz - in 17 elementary schools with the coverage of more than 1,000 students in the pilot phase. The representatives from the national Department for education and the Institute of public health attended the meeting, alongside with the NGO CAZAS.