10 January 2022

Participation and Engagement

Youth participation means youth are involved in decision-making for their communities. Civic engagement is important for the development of civic values, social trust and strengthening of democratic values. UNICEF will invest in creating more demand for youth participation, including by the most vulnerable groups such as girls, Roma, and young…, Programme Area Goals, Our goal is to provide young people with participation platforms and increased capacities to amplify their voices and be connected, actively engaged and empowered, and productively participate in their communities and society. We aim to:  Increase youth participation by gathering evidence, developing youth participation standards and capacity…, CPD Target, Understanding the importance of raising awareness activities, UNICEF aims to increase the number of young people who would become civically engaged, build their participation skills and values, and take an active role in their communities.   Our goals are that:  By the end of 2025, 20,000 people are reached through U-Report and are able to share…, Challenge, Civic engagement is important for the development of civic values and social trust, and a key priority is supporting youth to set up their own agenda, promote it in their communities, and build confidence in their ability to influence society.  Youth participation is low is Serbia. According to the Survey of the Position and Needs of Young People…, Solution, UNICEF’s priority is to establish platforms that both enable online participation and are perceived as nationwide initiatives for offline engagement and volunteering opportunities. Together with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other partners, we work to support youth engagement and active citizenship.  We aim to advocate for changes to youth…
10 January 2022

Mental Health and Well-being

The second decade of life is the period of rapid personal development. Physical, emotional and social changes, especially if a child is exposed to poverty or violence, can make adolescents vulnerable to mental health problems. The mental health of adolescents can impact social relationships, learning and engagement at school, the ability to care…, Programme Area Goals, Girl working out in nature UNICEF Srbija / 2021 / Pančić UNICEF aims to increase knowledge of healthy development and available services among adolescents and young people. We focus on providing continuous support to the Government and partners within the UNICEF Serbia Country Programme 2021–2025, to ensure that well-being and mental health…, CPD Target, Our goal is that by 2025:   5,000 adolescents and young people are reached through awareness activities and UNICEF-supported community mobilization interventions both online and offline and will have increased knowledge of healthy development and available services.   , Challenge, Mental health is still not a topic talked about openly, and there is significant social stigma attached to seeking professional help. Because of insufficiently developed mental health services and social stigma, many adolescents do not receive the necessary psychological support, and those suffering from mental conditions do not get diagnosed and…, Solution, To address the lack of awareness and the social stigma around psychological and mental well-being, UNICEF will support the Government to map out existing services and identify key gaps, establish innovative, disability-, gender- and age-sensitive mental health and psychosocial support services for young people that will support them in…
15 March 2021

Three in one

Belgrade, 6 March 2021 - On the phone, on the computer, at home, on the bus, in the park, wherever and whenever they can, Nina and Dorothea volunteer. Online. They both volunteered even before the pandemic, but COVID-19 interrupted them. For Doroteja Vujadin, this was a serious obstacle.  Nina i Doroteja su nastavile sa volontiranjem i za vreme…, “ I couldn’t imagine being locked up at home [during the pandemic] and only study for school. [I couldn’t imagine] this being my entire life during that period. That’s when I came across the Online Volunteers platform. ”, At the outset of COVID-19, UNICEF recognized that young people want to contribute to their community even during a pandemic. That’s why the platform was created in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Young Researchers of Serbia. Since March 2020, it has gathered more than 1,000 young people and grown into the National Online…, “Volunteering is precisely the process where you develop as a young person and through which you can acquire 21st-century skills - whether that’s innovative thinking [or] critical thinking, but peer support definitely develops when you volunteer online.”, In addition to meeting volunteers from all over Serbia, Doroteja points out that it’s important that they are also always exchanging experiences and sharing good examples of activism while volunteering. She believes friendships will come out of it too. , “We started this WhatsApp group of ours where we talk not only about our tasks but also about our personal private problems.”, Online volunteering on UNICEF's platform is a universal and effective way to address problems of the wider community. Nina and Doroteja worked on reducing language barriers, a task that involves translating texts that will help teachers introduce innovations in their methods of work. , “ This is content that’s published both for teachers and also for our peers, so we, as volunteers, are an extremely important link as intermediaries for conveying and understanding the content. So that's something that online volunteering has brought me, ” explains Nina. , Nina and Doroteja believe that the promotion of online volunteering for young people will result in their active participation in society and will build their skills necessary for better jobs and a better quality of life. There are no set age limits or any other limits, since volunteering should be available to everyone regardless of their…, “So far, over 9,500 volunteer hours have been invested, we have a community of over 1,000 volunteers. So, I invite you to join the Online Volunteers platform and be part of a big family!” , Online Volunteers  is a platform that brings together all organizations, institutions, sports federations, local self-governments, and provides them with the opportunity to publish their calls and find volunteers regardless of the geographical distance, whether for online or offline activities. It will also help organizers to manage volunteers …
21 November 2020

World Children’s Day

World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s annual day of action for children, by children., This year, the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a child rights crisis. The costs of the pandemic for children are immediate and, if unaddressed, may last a lifetime. It’s time for generations to come together to reimagine the type of world we want to create. On 20 November, kids and young people have reimagined a better world., What can you do?, Here’s how you can get involved throughout the year, Young People Parents and children The Government Watch online conference “Young people after 2020” Help your children know their rights UNICEF and partners are calling on governments to adopt a Six-Point Plan to Protect our Children, #VoicesOfYouth, Young people are the initiators of change and their voices must be heard, and adults should listen to them and support them. Listen to Jovana Vasic, a member of UNICEF’s Youth Board, who has a strong message for young people: Listen to Mahti from Iran who, after a long trip to Serbia, has an important message for all of us:, We celebrated World Children's Day together., During the online conference, the National Volunteer Platform volonterinamrezi.rs  was presented. The platform will enable an easier connections between volunteers and organizers., What needs to happen, UNICEF and partners are calling on governments to adopt a Six-Point Plan to Protect our Children Ensure all children learn, including by closing the digital divide. Guarantee access to health and nutrition services and make vaccines affordable and available to every child. Support and protect the mental health of children and young people and…