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EACEA National Policies Platform


6. Education and Training

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

Last update: 23 November 2020
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  1. Information providers / counselling structures
  2. Awareness raising initiatives

Information providers / counselling structures

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.

The Ministry of Education and Science has licensed 90 institutions to offer non-formal studies. Around 700 institutions are listed in the Register of the Ministry of Economy for adults and others. These include 63 state-owned companies, 288 joint-stock companies, 271 individual companies and 46 foreign investment companies. In addition, special departments for adult training have been set up in the universities. The courses offered include training and retraining, particularly in the fields of pedagogy, psychology, special or additional education etc.

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.