To support Afghan children and adolescents in Albania, UNICEF in cooperation with ALBICT and financial support of USAID Albania organized on June 28-29 the 10-th edition of Upshift.
With the support of Ministry of Education and Sports and Minister of State for Youth and Children, Upshift returned to Lezha inviting young people 15-21 years old to identify challenges they face in their local communities.
More than 50 children from Lezha, Shëngjin, Mamurras and surrounding area joined Upshift and 25 of them were Afghan children who worked together to bring their ideas into life.
Representative of UNICEF Albania Mr. Roberto de Bernardi and Afghan trainers in support of Afghan children in Albania such as Mr. Khawja Amrullah Sediqee, Ms. Sohila Hatami and Ms. Faridah Lali joined this event.
The youngsters started their Upshift adventure with Phase 0 with the support of mentors such as Andrea Shtjefni, Krisi Kllapi, Pranvera Krasniqi, Valentina Hushi, Jetmir Shtjefni, Flogert Muça and Leonard Vlashaj.
On the first day, 7 groups started analyzing and understanding the problem and working with the problem tree, 5 Whys, groups, and stakeholders.
During the second part of the day, they continued with the design challenge and then concepting and modeling, and both processes prepare prepared the children for finalization of the work on the second day.
The last day was a shift from theory to practice and now it was the moment to start creating prototypes and feedback collection from children and mentors of other groups. Towards the end of the day, preparation for pitching in front of the jury consisting of Director of ALBICT Mr. Kushtrim Shala, Adolescents Development Officer at UNICEF Ms. Briselda Jahaj and Director of “Kolin Gjoka” Profesional School Mr. Bardh Dedgjonaj.
MuzArt, Butterfly, Upshift Lezha and Upshift Leaders were announced winners of the second edition of Upshift in Lezha and their projects will be financed with 1000 euros to help their implementation.
Creating a relaxation corner, or lack of youth and creative activities as well as an online platform where young people from Lezha can organize activities for various sports were some of the challenges and solutions proposed by young people during this edition.
Creating a relaxation corner, or lack of creative activities for young people as well as an online platform where young people from Lezha can organize activities for various sports were some of the challenges and solutions proposed by children and adolescents during this edition.
The Winners of Upshift Lezha
The MuzArt group from Mamurras led by mentor Krisi have noticed a lack of interest and information they have regarding art and tradition. They aim to create works of art and handicrafts that can be showcased to everyone by creating a dedicated space in their school. The idea came given the fact there are many talented students who want to exhibit their works and talent.
The Butterfly group led by mentor Leonardo from Lezha has identified the lack of an office that provided information for tourists in the Shëngjin area. The solution of this group is creating and maintaining a stand in this tourist place.
Upshift Lezha group led by mentor Jetmir have identified the lack of youth and creative activities for the children and adolescents of the city. They want to share the experience they are getting from Upshift with other schools involving them social entrepreneurship.
The Upshift Leaders group from Mamurras led by mentor Pranvera have identified the lack of a resting corner. Their solution is to create such a school environment to help the community.