UNODC extended the Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence programme implementation in Montenegro

08-10 October 2018, Kotor, Montenegro: In collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Montenegro, UNODC expanded the implementation of the "Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence" programme with the Inclusion of 11 additional elementary schools from the coastal region of Montenegro. The expansion process commenced with the organization of a training for educators with 23 nominated teachers, pedagogues and psychologists to learn more on the programme implementation in their schools and relevant workshop techniques.

"Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence" is an evidence-based intervention developed by the Lions Clubs International Foundation 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.

In the region of South East Europe, the programme started in 2014 and so far, was implemented in four countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, in over 130 elementary schools reaching more than 4,000 students. In Montenegro programme was piloted in 17 elementary schools from 2014-2016 with 1,300 students.

Addressing and scaling up of the positive results on substance use and refusal skills delivered as part of the initial piloting of the programme in the country, additional elementary schools from Kotor, Bijela, Bar, Tivat, Ulcinj, Budva, Herceg Novi and Prcanj are involved in the expansion cycle with recommended different implementation modality. The suggested variation in the implementation entails the possibility to conduct the programme in the period of two academic year contrasting the initial implementation cycle where only one academic year was proposed. With the additional academic year to implement all theprogramme sessions anticipated, the outcomes might be even more encouraging, which will be systematically measured as to report further on the attained  effectiveness of the utilized intervention.

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