On Monday, February 6, 2023, representatives of the SHINE project team visited the oldest Serbian high school – The First Grammar School of Kragujevac. During the visit, there was a presentation of previous activities, as well as the project results. The importance of monitoring and improving the quality of life of young people was emphasized.

Prof. Dr. Dragan Bjelica, along with students Nikola Stevanović and Jelena Stišović, held a panel discussion with the aim of informing students about the possibilities of engaging in both curricular and extracurricular activities.

During the panel, Prof. Dr. Dragan Bjelica pointed out the significance of formal education, as well as the benefits of extracurricular engagement for the personal and professional development of young people. Students Nikola Stevanović and Jelena Stišović shared their experiences and encouraged students to take initiative and become involved in extracurricular activities.

Through this interactive panel discussion, fourth-year students had the opportunity to learn about the additional content offered by the faculties, share their observations, and contribute to research by completing a questionnaire about the engagement of young people in academic achievements and extracurricular activities.

One aspect that left a strong impression on the representatives of the SHINE project panel was the students’ interesting and insightful responses, considering their age and high school backgrounds. This also greatly contributed to the research efforts, as it resulted in a sample of approximately 50 students from The First Grammar School of Kragujevac, which will further support the relevance of the research in the Republic of Serbia.

After the successful implementation of this project activity at the high school level, the next destination is the Faculty of Medicine in Kragujevac. This step will complement the university’s contribution to the sample from the Šumadija district and the University of Kragujevac.