Upshift: Youth at the forefront of change in Montenegro

Innovation Lab Creactivator

UNICEF Montenegro
A group of young peple
UNICEF Montenegro / Dusko Miljanic / 2016

12 June 2016

ULCINJ, MONTENEGRO, 12 June, 2016 – A group of young people from the north of Montenegro selected issues they find important in their local communities and worked on finding solutions for them during the three-day Upshift workshop in Ulcinj.

A young man participating in the Upshift workshop in Ulcinj in June 2016
UNICEF Montenegro / Dusko Miljanic / 2016
A young man participating in the Upshift workshop in Ulcinj in June 2016

Ten teams whose ideas were selected joined forces with ten mentors and staff from the Creactivator, Innovation Lab running these workshops, in order to identify innovative solutions for local problems. Young people learned the techniques and methods of the problem-solving process by going through it step by step.

Vladimir Fatic, a high school student from Plav, said he applied for the workshop, because he wanted to provide young people from different cultural backgrounds with more opportunities to be friends and spend time together.

We identified the lack of socialization among youth from different cultural backgrounds as the problem we wanted to deal with. Albanians, Bosnians, Montenegrins and Serbs live together in this community and we think they do not socialize enough. We want to change that

Vladimir Fatic, a high school student from Plav
Young people, at the Upshift workshop in Ulcinj, presenting their ideas about solving a specific problem in their local community
UNICEF Montenegro / Dusko Miljanic / 2016
Young people, at the Upshift workshop in Ulcinj, presenting their ideas about solving a specific problem in their local community

Anela Džemajlović, a high school student also from Plav, regrets that there are not enough extracurricular activities.

Young people need to travel to other cities if they want to go to a concert or a sports event. Sports clubs are not active. They are especially unavailable to females. To attend a music school young people have to travel to other cities at their own expense, even though the state should be covering this.

Anela Džemajlović, a high school student from Plav

To solve these problems, young people want to found a youth club in Plav.

Girls working on finding a solution to a local community problem during the Upshift workshop in Ulcinj
UNICEF Montenegro / Dusko Miljanic / 2016
Girls working on finding a solution to a local community problem during the Upshift workshop in Ulcinj

Belma Kalac, a high school student from Rozaje, wants to make her town more inclusive.

I signed up for Upshift to solve, in my opinion, one of the biggest problems of our society and our local community - the inaccessibility of schools for young people with disabilities.

Belma Kalac, a high school student from Rozaje

This is the second Upshift workshop, which is organized in our country by the Innovation Lab Creactivator, launched by UNICEF, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Directorate of Youth and Sports and NGO Digitalizuj.me, with financial support from ING.

Mnoge probleme u lokalnoj zajednici mladi mogu sami da riješe ako im damo šansu. Pogledajte utiske učesnika sa nedavno završene druge po redu #UpShift radionice i prijavite se za narednu, planiranu za početak školske 2016. godine: http://ow.ly/qAZd301Fpy4 Kreaktivacija

Posted by UNICEF Montenegro on Monday, June 27, 2016

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