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6. Education and Training

6.9 Awareness-raising about non-formal and informal learning and quality youth work

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Information providers / counselling structures
  2. Awareness raising initiatives

Information providers / counselling structures

On the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania the Center of Non-formal Education of Lithuanian School Students was established in 2012. The center has been given the functions to initiate and participate in the drafting of legal acts, submit proposals, create, implement and spread innovations in non-formal children's education policy issues, prepare teacher qualification improvement programs and organize their implementation, provide methodological assistance.  

The center continues the activities of non-formal student education methodology, career education, teacher competencies, gifted and talented children, civic, physical education and sports, natural and ecological, tourism and ethno-cultural, health and safety, scientific and technical, artistic and cultural education and in the fields of providing non-formal education services, organizes students' summer recreation camps. 

The center is a member of the Lithuanian non-formal education of children and the European organizations of children and youth leisure organizations (EAICY) associations, actively participates in the international environmental education program GLOBE, the education, science and technology youth organization MILSET, the UNESCO Baltic Sea project. 

The Lithuanian Children and Youth Centre (LCYC) is an educational institution that provides help to children, youth, teachers and schools and is governed by the principles of non-formal education. According to the scope of activities and the number of visitors it is the largest non-formal educational institution in Lithuania.

Lithuanian Association of Non-formal Education creates training and development opportunities for those working with young people and contributes to develop quality of non-formal education. They have special programmes and activities for youth work, youth consultations, youth information, work with street youth. etc.

The Lithuanian Association of Adult Education (LAAE) is non-governmental and non-profit organization of individuals and organizations and aims to unite the Lithuanian adult educators and the organizations working in this field for common activities, to develop adults ability to participate actively in their professional and public life and to represent the interests of adult educators both in Lithuania and abroad. The Lithuanian Association of Adult Education (LAAE)  organizes seminars and conferences, provides consultations, implements national and international projects, collects and disseminates information about adult education (formal and non-formal) and establishes and facilitates the network of members.

Awareness raising initiatives

The Manual for non-formal learning opportunities specially targeted at young persons was prepared by the NGO „Jaunimo epicentras”, while implementing the project “Formal Meets Non-formal: Cross-sectorial Cooperation in the Educational Field”, funded by the European Union programme Erasmus Plus. The project was carried out by 7 partners from Latvia, Poland, Romania, Italy, Macedonia, Croatia and Lithuania. 28 participants with different educational and occupational backgrounds (youth workers, youth leaders, teachers, educators working according to the non-formal education principles, etc.) were involved in the training programme and were main contributors to the project.

The main goal of the project ‘Young Researcher’ project is to give every school in the country the opportunity to participate in activities in which young scientific talents are provided with trainings and consultations in a specific field of science. Young people have the opportunity to carry out research work in the mobile laboratory and implement and develop their ideas while receiving the necessary help from specialists.