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Less than a month after the end of the 2nd eUPSHIFT workshop, the 3rd eUPSHIFT workshop in Bosnia and Herzegovina started yesterday, implemented by the organization “Genesis Project” from Banja Luka in partnership with UNICEF BiH, with the financial support of the Kingdom of Sweden. It is an online workshop according to the UPSHIFT methodology developed in UNICEF’s Innovation Office, which aims to provide young people with the skills and resources needed to identify problems in local communities and design solutions for them.

Adolescents aged 13 to 19 in teams of three to five members from the municipalities: Banja Luka, Prnjavor, Kotor Varoš, Srbac, Gradiška, Doboj, Laktaši, Prijedor, Derventa, Mrkonjić Grad and Bosansko Grahovo were able to apply for the third eUPSHIFT workshop. After the selection, 12 teams were selected to participate in these workshops, to which the team of mentors will provide support in the period from 6 to 13 December, conduct them through the process of analysis and problem solving and enable them to acquire new knowledge and skills. Take a look at which teams are participating in the 3rd eUPSHIFT workshop. in a new tab)

  1. Jovana Kasalović, Sofija Tepić and Irina Džanić are from Banja Luka, and they are trying to solve the problem of “Exclusion of children with developmental difficulties from society”.
  2. Katarina Čobić, Lara Štrbac, Elvisa Beharić, Anja Drobnjak and Sunčica Ćejić, a team from Banja Luka, deal with the problem: “Lack of support for young members of the LGBT+ community”.
  3. Branko Pavlović, Hristina Mrša, Sofija Pejaković and Zoja Stanković, also from Banja Luka, deal with the problem: “The connection of the mass media with the negative image of themselves in adolescents”.
  4. Nadežda Gavrić, Nemanja Kralj and Nikola Živanić from Srbac want to solve the problem “Young talented painters and cartoonists have nowhere to show their talents”.
  5. Pavle Lekić, Luka Đukanović and Nikola Đuranović from Mrkonjić Grad solve the problem of “Lack of understanding among young people for alternative culture and music”.
  6. Nina Pilipović, Nataša Gluvić and Anastasija Katić come from Gradiška and deal with the problem “Protection and preservation of the environment are not taken seriously”.
  7. Marko Vejnović, Ivana Aleksić and Jovana Bosančić, a team from Banja Luka deals with the problem “The problem of socialization of young people with special needs”.
  8. Stefan Pljevaljčić, Danijela Aćamović, Stefan Reljić, Dajana Vukobrat and Snježana Balać are from Bosanski Grahovo and want to solve the problem “We don’t have a youth club, a library or facilities for young people”.
  9. Katarina Nedić, Savo Adžić, Andrej Tadić, Manuela Todorić and Nataša Adžić are from Osinja near Derventa and are solving the problem “The equipment of the school library and poor conditions for staying in school between classes”.
  10. Mirjana Sofrenić, Aleksandar Vitlešević and Veljko Božić from Doboj want to solve the problem “We miss the bus stop near the school on the main road”.
  11. Jovana Djekić, Teodora Ružić, Danijel Spasojević, Ema Vuković and Vesna Radanović, a team from Derventa, are solving the problem of “Young people suffer peer violence due to the classification of children by financial status”.
  12. Nemanja Danojević, Katarina Ćelić, Maja Kitić and Ognjen Gajić, the team is from Prnjavor and is solving the problem “Lack of conditions for the music education of talented young people”.

At the end of the workshop, on Sunday, December 13, all teams will present their ideas to an expert jury, after which the jury will select five teams that will be awarded grants of 3000 KM each to implement their idea.

You can get all the information about the UPSHIFT workshop on the website:, as well as on social networks:

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Unicef and Genesis

Who are we

Genesis Project was founded by a group of local enthusiasts in February 1997. The end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and devastation after the war led to the establishment of Genesis Project. Since then we have implemented numerous projects and activities.We are located in Banja Luka, and thanks to the municipality of Banja Luka, after eight years of operating in rented premises, we now have an office, owned by the city of Banja Luka, at our disposal. That helped us a lot and provided us with new options for the development of our work. Thanks to our mobile service the "Project Genesis" humanitarian organization operates at the national level, which means that different activities have been implemented in the territory of the entire Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Main objective of our work are


Genesis Project is a non-governmental organization which, through its professional and dedicated team, helps children and adolescents throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina in fulfilling their rights to have a free and correct psychophysical development, regardless of their religious, ethnic or racial belonging whilst respecting their individual differences and potential.


Bosnia and Herzegovina is a free and open society that will enable every individual to develop and assert to their full capacity and to become a happy, conscious and free person, capable of thinking critically and acting creatively.

Dijana Pejić was born in 1974 in Banja Luka where she attended primary school and secondary school of electrical engineering.
Upon completion of Business School in Belgrade, she gained her undergraduate degree in economics in the Faculty of Economics in Kragujevac.
She has been active in the NGO sector since 1995, when she got a position of a project coordinator at the U.S. Committee for Refugees.

She founded the Genesis Project NGO in 1996 in Banja Luka. Since then she has implemented dozens of successful projects throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Being responsible for program management, financial management, designing projects and human resources, Dijana has been successfully manage a small team, which has been part of Genesis, for the most part, from the very beginning. The success story has been going on for 18 years, and its best evidence are the results achieved and the children's smiles elicited by Dijana’s team members wherever the road takes them.

Azra Talić was born in 1952, in Banja Luka, where she completed her elementary and high school education as well as the teachers' college. She continued her education at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, where she acquired a title of the professor in psychology and pedagogy.

In her extensive experience Azra worked as an educator and counsellor in a kindergarten and as a psychologist and counsellor in an elementary school. Her following position was in the CARE Canada organisation, as a psychologist.

She became part of the Genesis Project team in 1998, and she has been actively participating in numerous projects, being equally successful as a teacher and psychologist however as a poet too. Thanks to her imagination, a large number of songs and plays were created that a travelling interactive theatre of the Genesis team entertains and educates the little ones with all over BiH. And, in Azra’a imagination there is always room for new and creative ideas that are just waiting to come alive in some future project.

Draško Stojčević was born in 1975 in Banja Luka, where he completed his primary education and secondary school of electrical engineering and then the Faculty of political sciences, Department of Journalism and Communication.
Since the foundation of the Genesis Project, Draško has been a member of the team. While working in this organization, he attended a number of advanced seminars and completed the training for the SALW and Mine Risk Education Instructor. After training for the design and production of the one-minute films for young people, he produced a great number of one-minute films across Bosnia and Herzegovina. Within the projects he worked on and also successfully implemented, Draško was bringing joy to the little ones through various roles he has enlivened in a number of plays and TV serials. Pečurko (Mushroom man) in the "Game of forest dwarfs," associate teacher in "Whose are the angels", deminer in the "The strange trial" are just some of his roles. Always smiling and popular among children, is a recognizable member of the merry Genesis team and a traveling interactive theater.

Ljubiša Vasić was born in 1975 in Banja Luka, where he completed his primary education and secondary school of electrical engineering and then the Faculty of Philosophy.
He acquired the title of a class teacher in 2009, and for the work in the NGO sector he got further education both through seminars and trainings. Among other things, he completed the training for the SALW and Mine Risk Education Instructor. Ljubiša has been a member of the Genesis Project team since 1996. He has worked on the implementation of a large number of projects, and children and young people easily recognize him by a wide smile and a number of roles that embodied through entertaining and educational shows and TV serials of Genesis.
Professor Mudrić (Brainy) from the "Whose are the angels" TV series, a teacher from the "Forest School" TV series, Borko (Pine man) in the "Game of forest dwarfs ", a strict judge in the "The strange trial", are some of the roles that youngest ones remember him gladly by.

Saša Šarić was born in 1974 in Banja Luka, where he completed his primary education and secondary school of electrical engineering, after which he enrolled at the Higher Business School in Belgrade.
He has been part of the Genesis team from the founding of the organization, and through a number of seminars he was additionally trained to work on humanitarian educational projects.
He also completed the training for the SALW and Mine Risk Education Instructor and he attended the training on the design and production of one-minute films.
During his work in Genesis, Saša took part in the implementation of a large number of successful projects throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina - from educational workshops for children, through production of TV shows, to the prevention of peer violence. He is also active in fundraising.

Goran Radić was born in 1967 in Banja Luka. After completing primary education and secondary school of electrical engineering in this city, he completed several advanced seminars, as well as advanced training for project managers for MRE and firearms.
He gained his BSc degree in economy in the Faculty of eeconomy in Apeiron University, Banjaluka. After eight years of work in the "Rudi Čajavec" company, Goran has joined the Genesis Project team in 1998, initially as a volunteer and since 2003 as a full member. Among other trainings and seminars, he also attended the training on the design and production of one-minute films. He took part in a number of successful projects and his greatest contribution is emphasized through management of projects for mine risk education and firearms. Goran is actively working in the highly vulnerable mine-affected communities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and its primary mission is to educate children how to save their lives and have a carefree childhood while growing up near the mines and constant danger.

Dijana Miljatović was born in 1972 in Prijedor, where she completed primary and high school education, upon which she studied English language and literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Banja Luka.
A large portion of her working life Dijana spent in the field as an interpreter, and in this capacity, she worked for the ICTY too. She is one of the cofounders of the Association of single parents, "Ponos" and a current chairwoman. She is also a coordinator of numerous humanitarian actions and within the association executes the function of a project manager as well as, when required, of the spokesperson.
She joined the Genesis Project in 2012, first as a volunteer, and since July 2013 as a permanent member. Employed at the administrative assistant, she is a necessary logistic support of this successful team.