8.3 National strategy on creativity and culture for young people
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Lithuania's Progress Strategy “Lithuania 2030” reflects a national vision and priorities for development as well as guidelines for their implementation by 2030. It is stated in the strategy that the vision of Lithuania is a country with creatively empowered population, and its progress is in the hands of responsible, creative and open-minded people. The implementation of the vision is guided by progress-relevant values, like openness to a different views, positive initiatives, to a dialogue, cooperation, and innovations as well as creativity in generation and implementation of new ideas, treating challenges as new possibilities of building success.
The explicit strategy of youth creativity and culture does not exist, however, the second goal (see Chapter 13) of the National youth policy development program for 2011-2019 aims at ensuring better youth employment opportunities, creating favourable conditions for young people to participate in the labour market, promoting economic and social entrepreneurship, developing non-formal education system, encouraging youth creativity and active participation in the society.
The Lithuania's Progress Strategy “Lithuania 2030” is aimed at creating an environment that would enable progress-related values. It is stated in the Strategy that changes will take place in the following areas:
1. Smart society: happy society that is open [openness] to the ideas of each citizen [creativity], to innovations and challenges, demonstrating solidarity, selfgovernance and political maturity [responsibility].
2. Smart economy: economy that is flexible and able to compete globally [openness], generating high added value, based on knowledge, innovations entrepreneurship [creativity] and social responsibility as well as “green” growth [responsibility].
3. Smart governance: governance that is open and participatory [openness], delivering, meeting public demands and ensuring high quality services [responsibility], as well as competent government, able to take targeted strategic decisions [creativity].
It is stated that only a creative entourage that can empower an individual to unlock his creative potential and play a part in the smart society. Relying on the creative powers of society and smart economy, which is based on knowledge, entrepreneurship and responsibility, will generate high added value and create public wellbeing. The strategy also aims at qualitative changes in society and economy that will be facilitated through an efficient government that ensures the delivery of high quality services.
The Key Initiatives for Change of the Lithuania's Progress Strategy “Lithuania 2030” inexplicitly address the involvement of younger population in the creating the future of the society:
1. To gear the general education system to creativity, citizenship and leadership skills. To develop programmes focussed on creativity, quest and personal development, as well as competence assessment and self-assessment framework, putting them in place across all the educational establishments. To reorganize the concentrated examination system to a balanced system of accumulation and recognition of various learning achievements, the system that captures evergrowing personal experience and recognizes ever-higher achievements in education. To facilitate proper learning environment, establish science laboratories, create arts education tools, wellness areas, etc. in all schools.
2. To develop high quality cultural services across the country in order to ensure diversity of cultural services and their accessibility. To promote partnership between culture and other areas of life through creative cultural products and services.
3. To develop a healthy lifestyle as a prerequisite for a dynamic society. To mobilize public and institutional efforts towards better public health through measures preventing the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs and increased public awareness as regards the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
4. To develop individual health care services for increased efficiency of preventive measures, and to apply more extensively targeted public health promotion measures.
5. To develop community self-governance (through empowerment of schools and grass-root administrations), which strengthens participation of communities and non-governmental organizations in public life. National and local authorities have to deliberately seek to delegate to the public ever more powers and responsibility to act independently as regards the implementation of the subsidiarity principle.
6. To strengthen communities and non-governmental organizations, to develop community leaders and support civic initiatives.
7. To develop national programmes unlocking learners’ potential and talents, as well as systems for talent identification and development, and for academic mobility. To support non-formal academic, sporting and creative education of gifted children: to bring together the country's best teachers, science, culture and sports experts, to attract foreign professionals.
8. To create environment favourable for science and research, ensuring Lithuania's appeal for top researchers and scientists.
9. To create a world-class studies and research centre, with a view to strengthening the existing national infrastructure and mobilizing the best scientific and teaching potential. The centre would bring together study opportunities in the interdisciplinary network, providing for interdisciplinary research and development, and opening up the research infrastructure for business-science interaction.
10. To enable Lithuania’s high school students to study at foreign universities for at least one semester, particularly focussing on Nordic-Baltic student exchanges.
11. To develop a rich cultural environment through investments in the development and integration of public cultural establishments, and promotion of public participation in cultural developments. To facilitate cultural dynamism, particularly through international cultural exchanges and international artist mobility.
The Anexx 2 of the Lithuania's Progress Strategy “Lithuania 2030” has a list of Progress Indicators which will be used to measure the success of the Key Initiatives for Change.
One of the objectives of the National youth policy development program for 2011-2019 (see Article 14.2 ) is to create conditions for young people's cultural education, to encourage young people's creativity, to support the professional and non-professional youth art. The Action Plan for the Implementation of the National Youth Policy 2011-2019 Program for the period from 2017-2019 states that since 2009 financial resources allocated from the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania funds for the cultural education of young people, for the promotion of professional and unprofessional youth art increased by about 2,5 times, nevertheless, the issue of involvement of young people in public and creativity activities is still relevant, therefore, it is necessary to create conditions for the promotion of youth creativity and cultural education.The measure 2.2.1. of the Action Plan for the Implementation of the National Youth Policy 2011-2019 Program for the period from 2017-2019 aims to implement cultural and cultural education promotion initiatives which include not less than 250 000 to 300 000 young people each year in the period of 2017-2019.
The implementation of the National youth policy development program for 2011-2019 is coordinated by the Ministry of Social Security and Labor. The measures aimed at youth creativity and culture of the Program are implemented by the the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and Science, Lithuanian Labor Exchange under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor, Youth Affairs Department under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor. Every year before 1 February the responsible authorities submit reports on the implementation of the measures to the Ministry of Social Security and Labor.
The implementation of the Lithuania's Progress Strategy “Lithuania 2030” is an on-going dynamic process, with proactive society and the State Progress Council, set up by the Government. This process is not only a direct implementation of strategic guidelines and initiatives; it also includes solutions of other issues of public relevance, and promotes continued development of progress-related ideas. Therefore, the State Progress Council initiates a broad debate, inviting people to get actively involved in the implementation of the common vision. The implementation of the “Lithuania 2030” is be ensured by the key participants: Open Progress Forum "Lithuania 2030”, the State Progress Council and its Secretariat. The mission of the Open Progress Forum “Lithuania 2030” is to promote and maintain a permanent dialogue with the society on a country's development processes, priorities and values. The Forum will bring together academic, business, artistic communities and other public representatives for a debate and sharing of ideas. The Forum "Lithuania 2030" will be held at least two times a year. The State Progress Council will not only support the communication and encourage public discussion of the ideas, but will take the leadership in the activities of the Forum “Lithuania 2030”. It will also oversee the implementation of the Strategy and monitor its results. The State Progress Council will annually assess the relevance of the Strategy initiatives and will be responsible for drawing up annual inventory of the progress-related actions and its presentation to the Government. In view of these aspects, the composition of the Council will be adjusted to include active representatives of the society (~ 50 per cent), parliamentary groups (~ 20 per cent) and government agencies (~ 30 per cent). The State Progress Council will convene at least once every 3 months. The Secretariat of the State Progress Council will be based at the Office of the Prime Minister and will be responsible for coordination of the implementation of the Strategy and on-going monitoring at governmental level. The Secretariat will provide necessary support to the State Progress Council as regards supervision and monitoring of the performance. It will also actively participate in the activities of the Forum “Lithuania 2030” focusing on the analysis of the discussion conclusions and their implementation proposals. The Strategy will be implemented in the following main directions: commitment to take 10 progress priority actions a year; consistent implementation of the vision through the system of strategic planning documents (medium and short-term planning documents); direct involvement of communities and NGOs. Considering the progress achieved and existing state of events, the State Progress Council will identify ten key actions for the implementation of the most important initiatives. Annual progress actions will also be debated and discussed at the open Forum “Lithuania 2030”. The State Progress Council will submit to the Government a list of progress actions, and recommend that they are included in annual governmental and/or ministerial priority lists, thus linking governmental annual priorities with the Strategy initiatives, and ensuring the implementation of the progress-related actions. The inclusion of annual progress actions into the governmental priorities is a very important step towards the achievement of the Strategy results, having not only annual but also longer-term effect. All the resources required should be mobilized for the implementation of Government’s priorities, which has a direct impact on the state budgeting. With a view to ensuring effective implementation of the Strategy, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, when considering a draft budget, should take into account allocation of appropriations, and the link between governmental priorities and the Strategy. Consistent implementation of the Strategy. The progress values, outlined in the Strategy, will have to be mainstreamed across all the areas of public policies, and they will have to reflect in taking decision on strategic goals or any other important decisions. The Strategy will be implemented also through the system of strategic planning and documentation. A National Progress Programme will be drawn up for the implantation of the Strategy, with a forecast of European Union and national funds allocations for 2014-2020 in terms of the achievement of long-term priorities. The development of the National Progress Programme will be coordinated by the Ministry of Finance. Each ministry or government agency will be directly involved in the implementation of the Strategy. The authorities will have to follow the provisions of the Strategy in drafting their individual strategic plans, and ensure the achievement of the goals set forth in the National Progress Programme. Therefore, the provisions of the Strategy will have a direct influence on institutional actions. The success of the Strategy will be measured by monitoring the progress in indicators that are directly linked to the main achievable outcomes 2030. Given a substantial length of this period, and in view of the goals of the Strategy 2020, interim indicators for 2020 were established. A comprehensive interim assessment of the strategy has been foreseen for 2020, aimed at the improvement of the implementation process of the Strategy, and better outcomes. Evaluation of the Strategy or its individual components may be effected more frequently to assess relevant aspects, such as effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and need for continuity of individual guidelines. The people and the State Progress Council will be regularly reported to on the progress of the Strategy in terms of the achievement of the goals. Information on the progress of the Strategy will be put to public consideration as part of the Government Performance Report, submitted annually to the Seimas. It should be noted that national progress processes will be measured not only against the Strategy's progress indicators, but also the indicators of national economic competitiveness. The Strategy progress report will also include information about the progress achieved as regards the implementation of Government's priorities as well as progress actions. The scoreboard of progress indicators and progress actions results will be available at: www.Lietuva2030.lt. Direct involvement of communities and non-governmental organizations. The implementation of the Strategy will involve public at large, focusing on communities and nongovernmental organizations. The Lithuanian society and business organizations will be encouraged to contribute to the implementation of progress policies. Much in this respect is being done already today, which is regularly covered at: www.Lietuva2030.lt.
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