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Document Typology: Report
Methodology addressed by the publication:Parents pedagogy
Title of document: Lithuanian youth: general situation
Name of author(s): Report by an international panel of experts
Name of publisher: La politique de la jeunesse en Lituanie
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
One of the key elements for a successful youth policy in Lithuania is ongoing co-operation between the State Council for Youth Affairs and other government departments involved in specific areas of youth matters. It is particularly important that this co-ordination between government departments takes place in a positive, constructive manner, and that each department plays its full role in meeting the varying needs of young people in Lithuania.Youth independence and participation are closely connected by their capacity
for self-expression and decision-making. Decision-making training is vital for strengthening Lithuanian youth participation and therefore the authors propose that:
• decision-making training be considered as a priority and leading national and international NGOs be involved in designing such courses;
• teacher re-training be done through NGOs (a survey of teachers would help to identify the training needs);
• the status of non-formal education be raised and its network strengthened.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Youth activities in Lithuania were remarkably well documented and presented.
They gave a coherent analysis of the background situation and
defined the approach of each relevant organisation to it. Each ministry also provided well-prepared reports and made available all necessary information on issues raised. Although it was often stated that youth research in Lithuania died when Lithuania gained independence from the Soviet Union and former youth researchers moved into different, highly marketable areas of research, the quality of the data and analysis on youth related issues met international standards and presented a generally high culture of research and analysis.
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