The Project “Alternative Education” (Alternatyvusis ugdymas in Lithuanian) aims to create conditions for development of alternative education, to implement its ideas and to introduce alternative education methods at school.
The Project is a constituent part of the Education Improvement Project Plus and is initiated by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania (MES). The Project is implemented by the Education Supply Centre (ESC) affiliated with the MES. By implementing the Project “Alternative Education” the ESC is cooperating with schools trying to invent alternative teaching and learning methods and to reduce the number of drop-outs. Project partner is the Panevėžys District Educational Centre.
The Project is financed under the Human Resource Development Action Program by the European Social Fund Agency and from the budget of the Republic of Lithuania.
The idea of the Project is to open the door to diverse education: to build alternatives for the current forms of education, respect diversity of schoolchildren, meet their different needs and develop their possibilities for choice at school. The Project epitomizes efforts aimed at paving the way for the alternativeness – finding different roads to the child‘s success.
The aim of the Project is creating conditions for development of alternative education, implementing its ideas and introducing alternative education methods at school. This is the process of building diversity of education, which is closely linked with learning to teach as well as the changing role of the teacher and changing attitude towards education. Through its diversification the aim is pursued to achieve that the largest possible number of schoolchildren would acquire basic and secondary education and vocational qualification.
The Project is implemented in two stages, 2009−2011 and 2012−2015.
The activities of the 2nd stage (2012–2015) of the Project:
- Changing national legislation and/or adapting it to the needs of alternative education;
- Creating and implementing education alternatives:
- Productive learning model being implemented in 3 public schools (Kaunas Rokai Secondary School, Kėdainiai Youth School and Panevėžys District Paįstrys Secondary School) and 6 educators being trained to work with Productive Learning group. The pilot project ends in 2014. The Project is collaborating with Institute for Productive Learning in Europe (IPLE, Germany).
- School networking and cooperation with social partners model (3 public schools, a team of 5 members in each), which aims to create one-stop-shop based child support system at school. Pilot ends in 2014.
- Communication model (3 public schools, a team of 5 members in each), which aims to create the atmosphere of speaking, listening and understanding of everyone at school. Pilot ends in 2014.
- Trainingof education professionals:
- five alternative education training programs for educators developed,
- seminars, trainings and internships for youth school professionals held,
- youth schools, educational psychological services and education centres provided with educational literature,
- In order to achieve a systematic change four modules for teacher training program will be prepared and tested at the institution of higher education.
Within the framework of the Project some additional activities have been conducted:
- The 24th International Network for Productive Learning Projects and Schools (INEPS) Congress was held in Vilnius in May 2012
- Prof. Eduardo Vianna (City University of the New York City, LaGuardia Community College) invited and open lecture “Knowledge, Identity and Social Change: Expanding the Vygotskian project in educational theory and practice” for the students and professors of Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences held.
- The book of contemporary educational philosopher Kieran Egan “Learning in Depth” is being prepared (negotiated) for translation into Lithuanian.
For more detailed information contact:
Project manager Simona Plienaitytė
tel. (+370 5) 264 9478