9.2 Administration and governance
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The Lithuanian Youth Council (LiJOT) was formed in 1992 and is an umbrella organisation with 64 members representing more than 200,000 young people in Lithuania. The LiJOT, seeks favorable changes for young people by serving as a platform for dialogue, Lithuanian youth organization interests and initiatives. LiJOT is a full member of the European Youth Forum and the Baltic Youth Forum. As the national agency, it coordinates EURODESK Lithuania and supports Lithuanian engagement in the EU Structured Dialogue process. The Agency of International Youth Cooperation is a public non-profit institution established in February 1999 by The State Council for Youth Affairs (currently Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour) and Lithuanian Youth Council. The main aim of the agency is to ensure the development of international youth cooperation and participation of Lithuanian youth in European Union programmes for young people. Among the goals of the Agency of International Youth Cooperation is implementing international commitments of the state in the field of youth policy; cooperation with foreign institutions working in the field of international youth cooperation; providing information about possibilities of international cooperation and information to Lithuanian young people on general understanding about youth policy in Lithuania and foreign countries, possibilities of international cooperation, significance of youth initiative to cooperation of state and non-governmental organizations; the strengthening of youth cooperation in the county and municipal level (to organize training courses and seminars based on intercultural learning methodology and to encourage youth exchanges and other youth activities organized in the county and municipal level). The Agency of International Youth Cooperation also coordinates financial support for international youth cooperation projects from European Union programmes for young people and ensures appropriate and effective participation of Lithuanian youth in European Union programme “Erasmus+” Youth (2014–2020). The Agency of International Youth Cooperation also provides information about possibilities of participation in European Union programme “Erasmus+“ Youth, youth exchanges, European Voluntary Service, youth workers’ mobility, strategic partnerships, structured dialogue projects and their organizational possibilities; helps to find partners for youth groups, willing to cooperate with youth from foreign countries, and also for young people and organizations willing to participate in the projects of European Voluntary Service; consults and provide methodical information for young people, potential participants of the Programme and youth workers about youth exchanges, intercultural communication, filling in application and project management;
The Education Exchanges Support Foundation is a national agency entrusted with the administration of Erasmus+ and Lifelong Learning programmes and other initiatives funded by the European Commission (EC) and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania in the field of education and vocational training. It has been operating since 2007. It is aimed at helping Lithuanian people to take advantage of international cooperation. The Foundation offers guidance to potential applicants and provides information about various programmes and activities in the education and training area. The Foundation administers more than 50 different activities that are equally relevant to youth and seniors, kindergartens or schools, and higher education or other education-related institutions. The opportunities offered by the Foundation are available to various associations, business or non-governmental organisations and other structures seeking to improve their business practice or enhance their employees’ qualifications. Besides the Lifelong Learning Programme, which includes Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus and Grundtvig sub-programmes, the Foundation also administers other educational programmes or initiatives such as Euroguidance, Europass, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, eTwinning, EPALE, and Nordplus programme funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
StudyInLithuania.lt is a non-commercial national portal for Higher Education studies in Lithuania, which is administrated by Education Exchange Support Foundation. The aim of this website is to inform future students, their parents and other stakeholders about education system in Lithuania, Higher Education institutions and their study programmes, migration procedures, admission requirements and more. This website also has a section about Lithuania as a country, presenting our history, social environment, famous people and traditions. StudyInLithuania.lt is a part of project „Internationalization of Higher Education in Lithuania“ which was initiated by Ministry of Education and Science, and is funded by European Social Fund and Government of Lithuania. This project has scholarships for Lithuanian students and scientists to enable them to study and conduct research abroad as well as an objective to strengthen Lithuanian Higher Education image and positioning in international environment.
As stated in the Plan of Measures 2017-2019 for the Implementation of the National Youth Policy Development Programme for 2011–2019 (section 8.2.), youth policy is a horizontal policy area covering many areas: citizenship education, education, non-formal education, employment and employment, housing, leisure, culture, social and health care, health, sports, drug addiction and prevention of other forms of addiction, crime prevention, etc. Therefore, it is important to ensure the co-operation of the departments and the public, private and non-governmental sectors with the aim of developing it so that the state and municipal institutions and institutions interact and co-operate with each other to address youth issues by coordinating with young people or youth organizations. Cross-sectorial cooperation networks which include the youth affairs coordinators, the education departments of municipal administrations, the police, probation services, social workers, educational institutions, local employers, should be strengthened in implementing youth policy in Lithuania. The need for Lithuanian state institutions to cooperate with foreign institutions is also stressed. In 2015 an international event entitled "The Impact of Open Youth Jobs on the Implementation of Youth Guarantees" was held to discuss the successes and challenges of implementing the Youth Guarantee Initiative and, in particular, the role of open work with young people in developing the skills of young people in the labor market and integration into the education system. It is stated in the Plan of Measures 2017-2019 for the Implementation of the National Youth Policy Development Programme for 2011–2019 that although international events are taking place, cooperation between the public, private and non-governmental sectors, local authorities, national and international levels is still not fully ensured. In order to ensure the smooth functioning and cross-sectorial cooperation network, public authorities must constantly cooperate with the authorities of foreign countries as well as with municipalities, the exchange of information and best practices. Lithuania’s Institute for Policy Research and Analysis, established in 2011, which is an independent, autonomous, non-political, non-profit organization based in Lithuania, developing wide range of youth projects and partnerships with International institutions, universities, public bodies and NGOs have published a handbook of cross-sectorial cooperation “360 degrees of cross-sectorial cooperation” dedicated at institutions who shape or implement youth policy.
The "Global Lithuania" program in 2012 was launched, the main idea of which is to unite all Lithuanian citizens (including well-educated young professionals) living abroad. This program aims to provide mechanisms to encourage the Lithuanians abroad to promote the Lithuanian language, Lithuanian national identity, to strengthen the Lithuanian diaspora relations with Lithuania, and engaging in various areas of public life and contribute to well-being creation in Lithuania. The program involves the aim to strengthen the cross-sectorial cooperation in the framework of its implementation by 14 state institutions and departments. The Interinstitutional Action Plan has been approved and an institutional framework has been created. One of the most important tasks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the program coordinator is not only the implementation of the measures provided for in the program, but also the consolidation of state institutions in order to include in their specialized field of activities projects related to the Lithuanian diaspora. In order to consolidate the diaspora of Lithuania two directions of activities have been foreseen: 1) relations with professionals who can contribute to the development of the country well-being through cooperation projects; 2) Lithuanians' communities and organizations implementing projects of national importance. The program also has measures aimed at young people: trainees / practitioners / mentoring programs: "Createfor Lithuania" (www.kurklt.lt ), "LT Big Brother" (www.ltbigbrother.com ), "Talents for Lithuania" - a unique traineeship program in Lithuanian companies for Lithuanians graduating from foreign countries(www.stazuokis.lt), PLJS Practice (www.pljs.org ), Lithuanian Expatriate Student Exchange (www.stazuote.com ), World Lithuanian Traineeship Program (www.vdu.lt ), Competitions of Activities of Lithuanian Youth Organizations (www.jrd.lt ).