The fifth eUPSHIFT workshop will be held from 13th to 20th March 2022 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 will compete with their ideas to win the grant funds in the total amount of 15,000 KM to solve problems in their communities.
The eUPSHIFT workshop is based on UNICEF’s innovative methodology, which aims to train young people to identify problems in local communities and devise solutions to those problems. The implementation of the UPSHIFT program in the Republic of Srpska has also been supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska.
A total of 10 teams from 10 schools in the northeast of the Republic of Srpska are participating in the 5th eUPSHIFT workshop. Each school that encouraged its students to participate in this workshop was donated technical equipment for the eUPSHIFT corner where teams of students will work during the 7 days of the workshop.
Participants of the 5th eUPSHIFT workshop are:
- Team (Non)culture in the town consisting of Srđan Trifković, Marija Radojević, Iva Stojanović, Božidar Andrić, Teodora Jevđević from the “Ivo Andrić” High School, Višegrad, which will cover the topic “Non-affirmation of young people in culture and lack of cultural content in Višegrad ”.
- 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 “Lack of opportunities for creative and educational activities in nature during leisure time”.
- The 21st Century team, whose members are Anja Dostić, Iva Lučić, Nadežda Dobrilović from the “Sveti Sava” Elementary School, Foča, are keen to solve the problem “Young people spend a lot of time with phones, and little with books.”
- The K2U Lelija team, consisting of Anđela Sladoje, Željana Bozalo, Anastasija Buha, Luka Elez, Željana Buha from the “Ljutica Bogdan” Elementary School, Kalinovik, covers the topic “Children do not have a developed awareness of the importance and production of healthy food.”
- The Find a way team, consisting of Aleksandra Vasiljević, Bojana Melezović, Višnja Kikić, Angelina Ristić, Aleksa Pantić from the “Petar II Petrović Njegoš” High School, Šekovići, wants to solve the problem “There are no conditions for extracurricular activities at our school after the flood”.
- The team of Smile Seekers, with members Olja Babić, Taša Stanković, Nevena Mirović, Anđela Milovčević from the “Milutin Milanković”, High School, Milići, will try to solve the problem “Young people cannot find opportunities for creative work and additional development in Milići”.
- The Safe Corner team, consisting of Sara Perić, Kristina Aćimović, Ana Erak from the Zvornik Technical School Center, will deal with the topic “Children with disabilities in Zvornik do not have enough support and opportunities.”
- The No Violence team, whose members are Lana Lakić, Marina Novaković, Ana Mitrović, Anastasija Lazić from the “Desanka Maksimović” Elementary School, Čelopek, are eager to solve the problem “Children and young adults experience peer violence and therefore have low self-confidence and distrust of others.”
- The RESPECT team, consisting of Katarina Stević, Jelena Petrić, Nikolina Lancuški, Dragan Vulin, Davor Jović, from the Bijeljina School of Economics, will deal with the topic “We mind the violence in adolescent relationships”.
- The Sloga team and members Luka Cvjetković, Nemanja Lukić, Aleksandar Smiljić, Srđan Pajić, Kojo Simeunović from the “Nikola Tesla” High School, Šamac, will deal with the topic “Games of chance negatively affect young people and cause addiction.”
On Sunday, March 20, 2022, the teams will present their solutions to a jury that will announce the awarded teams at the Final online event at 2 p.m.
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 at the UPSHIFT web site and on the pages: