9.5 Green volunteering, production and consumption
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The National Sustainable Development Education Programme for 2007-2015 approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania with the objective „[...] to improve educational activity of various public institutions and agencies so as to help the citizens, organisations, enterprises, agencies, communities and the society better understand the concept of Sustainable Development and its importance; to develop the abilities of all members of the society, as well as their values and incentives for democratic and responsible activity: to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development objectives; to enhance abilities of institutional structures to take active part in the sustainable development processes.“ This programme was more oriented toward local initiatives ensuring implementation of the Sustainable Development principles, and didn‘t have a strong global dimension; yet it was a good beginning in initiating global education activities and integrating them in various education and other public areas. Unfortunately, in 2011 the Sustainable Development Education Programme was repealed.
There is a lack of systematic information on green volunteering in Lithuania. Limited information is available at present from some voluntary organisations and NGOs. For example Agency of International Youth Co-operation in 2013 organized a training course to provide an overview of green project management skills for daily life and work, in the frame of Youth in Action programme. It aimed to create a space for 25 youth leaders and youth workers with different backgrounds, ages and experiences to learn, share, and develop projects and network. The aim of the training course was to provide an overview of green project management skills for daily life and work. During the course the participants were encouraged to reflect on personal green values, attitudes and experience in relation to daily work and life; share approaches about being green in participants community and country; gain the competences and confidence to start green projects and to bring ideas into action; exchange with other participants how to raise awareness of their relationship with the environment among people in their home countries; find strategies on how to be green in daily life and work; use knowledge of “Youth in Action” to fund projects.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Lithuanian Progress Strategy „Lithuania 2030“, it is necessary to develop creativity of the society and of all its members, and to put particular emphasis on the ideas which could help Lithuania become a modern, dynamic and open state.16 The Strategy is being developed pursuant to the provisions of solidarity with different social groups (ethnic, etc.) as well as tolerance, compassion, social responsibility and responsible consumption. The Strategy sets the objective to raise public environmental awareness, to promote sustainable consumption and responsible approach to economic development. The National Progress Strategy sets the task for education to strengthen historical selfawareness and self-esteem by promoting different cultural and artistic expression, by reviewing educational programmes as well as by ensuring reasonable application of national heritage objects for education needs. It is also important to retain Lithuania‘s educational ties with Lithuanians from all over the world, and preserve Lithuanian language teaching and inter-cultural literacy. The provisions of the national sustainable development strategy demonstrate that Lithuania seeks to educate active and responsible citizens able to build the future of Lithuania and of the entire world. This provides for the development of Global Education in Lithuania contributing to the sustainable progress of Lithuania and of the world.
In 2016 The World Citizens' Academy together with its partner “Kauno jaunimo slėnis” implemented the project "Kaunas Youth - for a Sustainable World!" He was directed to the active participation of young people in Kaunas City, the fight against global challenges. The partners wanted to contribute to Kaunas as an active city and strengthening the role of the youth in the city, meeting the needs of young people's knowledge and active participation and enabling them to engage in meaningful activities for the sake of a sustainable world. It was intended not only to improve the involvement of young people in Kaunas city, but also to encourage young people to look at their city in a wider context, to better understand the impact of global challenges such as global poverty, inequalities, military conflicts, climate change and so on, make the urban community. The event of global education for students of Kaunas city general education schools "Youth – for a harmonious world!" It took place in 2016 November 18 Vytautas Magnus University. The event was intended to improve young people’s knowledge and active participation and enabling them to engage in meaningful activities for the sake of sustainable development.