UNODC completes the training process in Croatia following the expansion of the Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence programme

11-13 September, Osijek; 16-18 September, Zagreb; 25-27 September, Rijeka; 30 September-2 October, Zadar; 14-16 October 2019, Split, Croatia: UNODC, in collaboration with the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education and the Agency for Training and Education, delivered five capacity development workshops across the country following the expansion of the Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence (LQSFA) programme in Croatia.

92 professionals from 41 elementary schools were trained and gained extensive knowledge on how to implement the LQSFA programme in their elementary schools in line with the suggested implementation methodology, developed by the Lions Clubs International Foundation, and evaluation protocols.

The LQSFA programme is an evidence-based social and emotional learning tool aimed at preventing drug use among adolescents, which proved to be an effective strategy in reducing substance use and risky behaviors and rightly influencing the normative beliefs of the target groups on substance use in South Eastern Europe.

Based on the programme's encouraging results in the region, the Ministry of Science and Education of Croatia considered the LQSFA programme to be beneficial for the further expansion of the prevention strategies in the country with a greater inclusion of Social and Emotional Skills education.

Each training workshop lasted three days and involved a selected group of teachers and pedagogues from the nominated elementary schools, who will further implement the programme over two academic years. In parallel with this implementation cycle, a comprehensive research study will be initiated to evaluate the effectiveness of the project in substance use prevention. More than 2,500 students will be part of the programme in the next two years, half of which will be directly and continuously exposed to it.  

To ensure the sustainability and expansion of the project, two national professionals underwent intensive training designed for the project trainers as part of the capacity development component and have successfully acquired the title of national LQSFA trainers.

The project is jointly funded by UNODC and the Lions Club International Foundation.