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In the period from 13 to 20 March 2022, the 5th eUPSHIFT workshop was held with 44 young people from the municipalities of Višegrad, Rudo (Štrpci), Foča, Kalinovik, Šekovići, Milići, Zvornik (Karakaj and Čelopek), Bijeljina and Šamac. Through the eUPSHIFT workshop, the teams competed with their ideas for the grant funds in the total amount of 15,000 KM to solve problems in their communities.

The 5th eUPSHIFT workshop was attended by 10 teams from 10 schools in the northeast of the Republic of Srpska. On Sunday, March 20, the teams presented their ideas to a jury, after which the representatives of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of Education and Culture, USAID in BiH and UNICEF in BiH addressed the audience.

Mrs. Enea Hotić, Head of the Department of Primary Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska, emphasized the commitment of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska to recognize and support the implementation of programs aimed at strengthening young people’s competencies and developing social skills of every young person, and thus of society as a whole.

Mr. Robert R. Lopez, Deputy Director of the USAID Mission to BiH, said on this occasion: “The pandemic has caused massive disruptions in the education of students of all ages. By recognizing the importance of enabling young people to unleash their potential, USAID supports the BiH education system in providing ongoing learning support so that these students can continue developing the skills they need to be active members of society.”

Mrs. Veronika Vashchenko, UNICEF Deputy Representative in BiH, especially thanked all partners, USAID in BiH, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska and all schools that supported their students. She praised and encouraged all young people who are hardworking, persistent and want to build a better society for all.

The participants of the 5th eUPSHIFT workshop did not hide their enthusiasm for this type of non-formal education. They said that they would like the workshop to last a bit longer and that UPSHIFT was their first encounter with projects, like a milestone for the future. The teams whose ideas were awarded with grant funds of 3,000 KM each are:

  • The (Non)culture team in the town, which consists of Srđan Trifković, Marija Radojević, Iva Stojanović, Božidar Andrić, Teodora Jevđević from the “Ivo Andrić” High School, Višegrad, which covers the topic “How could we organize a cultural festival?”, with mentor Amar Velagić,

  • The Scouts team consisting of Mihajlo Miković, Stefan Ćirović, Darko Gazdić, Lara Stikić, Željana Stikić from the “Boško Buha” Elementary School, Štrpci wants to solve the problem “How can we give children more opportunities for creative and educational activities in nature during leisure time? ”, with mentor Amir Ramić,

  • The K2U Lelija team consisting of of Anđela Sladoje, Željana Bozalo, Anastasija Buha, Luka Elez, Željana Buha from the “Ljutica Bogdan” Elementary School, Kalinovik, covers the topic “How can we encourage the development of awareness of healthy eating among children and young people in Kalinovik?” , with mentor Marjana Đorđić,

  • The Smile Seekers team with members Olja Babić, Taša Stanković, Nevena Mirović, Anđela Milovčević from the “Milutin Milanković”, High School, Milići, will try to solve the problem “How can we create opportunities for creative work and additional development in our town?”, with mentor Uroš Kostović and

  • The RESPECT team consisting of Katarina Stević, Jelena Petrić, Nikolina Lancuški, Dragan Vulin and Katarina Božić from the Bijeljina School of Economics, which deals with the topic “How to reduce the presence of violence and raise awareness about the existence of violence and its consequences in adolescent relationships?” , with mentor Sonja Milinčić.

Dijana Pejić, executive director of the humanitarian organization Genesis Project, which is implementing the UPSHIFT program in 2022, said: “For me and my team, you are all winners today! I wish the teams that won grants the successful implementation of project activities and I look forward to working with them in the coming months. I sincerely hope that I will have the opportunity to meet the participants, mentors and contributors of the 5th eUPSHIFT workshop in person, at a joint gathering planned for June this year.”

The UPSHIFT program originated at UNICEF’s Office of Innovation and is implemented in 38 countries around the world. The 5th eUPSHIFT workshop in Bosnia and Herzegovina is implemented by the Humanitarian Organization “Genesis Project” in cooperation with UNICEF in BiH through the project ” Strengthening Social and Health Protection in Response to the Covid-19″ with financial support from USAID in BiH, with consent of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Una-Sana Canton.

Additional information about the UPSHIFT program in BiH can be found on the UPSHIFT website and on the pages:



Forest school

Puppets & empowerment

Whose are the angels

Games of forest dwarfs

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 that helps children and adolescents throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina fulfill their rights to liberate and adequate psychophysical development, regardless of their religious, ethnic, or racial affiliation, while respecting their individual differences and potentials.


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.

Sandra Josović was born in 1977 in Slavonski Brod. She completed elementary and secondary school education in Banja Luka. She gained her BSc degree in political scientists in journalism and communications in the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. As a journalist, she worked in several Belgrade media during her studies, and after returning to Banja Luka, she spent eight years in the Nezavisne newspaper, a year as a reporter and then as the editor of several columns and the Sunday edition. She continued her journalistic career on the website for health as a chief editor where she worked for two years. After this experience, she undertook the position of the Executive Director of the International Film Festival Kratkofil Plus.
She was joining the Genesis Project team occasionally as an associate and then as a new member in September 2013. Along the assistance in the implementation of projects, she is responsible for the design of portal’s content, as well as to communicate with the media.