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Lithuania:Adult Education and Training

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Contents

Lithuania:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Lithuania:Historical Development

Lithuania:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Lithuania:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Lithuania:Political and Economic Situation

Lithuania:Organisation and Governance

Lithuania:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Lithuania:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Lithuania:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Lithuania:Organisation of Private Education

Lithuania:National Qualifications Framework

Lithuania:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Lithuania:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Lithuania:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Lithuania:Funding in Education

Lithuania:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Lithuania:Higher Education Funding

Lithuania:Adult Education and Training Funding

Lithuania:Early Childhood Education and Care

Lithuania:Organisation of Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of the Pre-Primary Class

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in the Pre-Primary Class

Lithuania:Assessment in the Pre-Primary Class

Lithuania:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Lithuania:Primary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of Primary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in Primary Education

Lithuania:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Lithuania:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of Vocational Lower Secondary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Lower Secondary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in Vocational Lower Secondary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Lithuania:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Lithuania:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Lithuania:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Lithuania:Higher Education

Lithuania:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Lithuania:First Cycle Programmes

Lithuania:Bachelor

Lithuania:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Lithuania:Second Cycle Programmes

Lithuania:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Lithuania:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Lithuania:Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Distribution of Responsibilities

Lithuania:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Lithuania:Main Providers

Lithuania:Main Types of Provision

Lithuania:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Lithuania:Teachers and Education Staff

Lithuania:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Lithuania:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Lithuania:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Lithuania:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Management and Other Education Staff

Lithuania:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Lithuania:Management Staff for Higher Education

Lithuania:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Lithuania:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Quality Assurance

Lithuania:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Lithuania:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Educational Support and Guidance

Lithuania:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Lithuania:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Lithuania:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Lithuania:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Lithuania:Mobility and Internationalisation

Lithuania:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Mobility in Higher Education

Lithuania:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Lithuania:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Lithuania:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Lithuania:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Lithuania:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Lithuania:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Lithuania:National Reforms in School Education

Lithuania:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Lithuania:National Reforms in Higher Education

Lithuania:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Lithuania:European Perspective

Lithuania:Legislation

Lithuania:Institutions

Lithuania:Bibliography

Lithuania:Glossary

Lithuania guarantees every citizen and, every alien who has the right of permanent or temporary residence in Lithuania, primary, basic and secondary education. The state also guarantees access to higher education study programmes or vocational training programmes that result in the acquisition of the first qualification . Hence, all Lithuanian adults can participate in formal education from the age of 18 years. Adults also have access to other parts of the Lithuanian education system: non-formal education, informal education, and educational assistance.

Formal adult education includes general education (ISCED 1–ISCED 3), vocational education and training (ISCED 4), and higher education (ISCED 6 – ISCED 8). Comprehensive information about vocational education and training is presented in chapter 6 ‘Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education’. Information about higher education is presented in chapter 7 ‘Higher Education’. It refers to institutionalised learning activities which are purpose-specific, organised, with a fixed length of studies, and curriculum. The learner evaluation system is used in formal education, there are formal admission and registration requirements, and education content, teaching methods and resources are set out. Upon completion of studies, learners are issued with officially recognised diplomas and professional qualifications. The state funds primary, lower-secondary and upper-secondary education. The state also finances studies in vocational education and training. Section 3.2. ‘Higher Education Funding’ of chapter 3 ‘Funding in Education’ discusses higher education funding in details.

Non-formal adult education is described in the Law on Non-formal Adult Education and Continuing Education. Non-formal adult education meets the needs of the individual and society and is carried out through various non-formal adult education programmes. The purpose of non-formal adult education is to fulfil different adult education needs, upgrade qualifications, and obtain additional qualifications. Non-formal adult education is provided for those aged 18 years and older. Non-formal adult education can be provided by educational institutions, teachers, various other education providers that are legally allowed to provide non-formal adult education (both a natural person and a legal entity). For example, this might be a library, a museum, a university of the third age etc. There is no officially recognised certification such as a certificate or diploma, however, the competences gained can be recognised as part of a completed formal adult education or study programme. Moreover, the competences attained can be recognised as competences needed to perform a concrete job or function following the rules established by the laws. The gained competences can also be recognised and validated as a qualification that correspond to a concrete level of the Lithuanian Qualifications Framework. Non-formal adult education can be financed by the state, the learner, and private funds. More detailed information about funding non-formal adult education is provided in section 3.3. ‘Adult Education and Training Funding’ of chapter 3 ‘Funding in Education.

Informal education is described in the Law on Education as independent adult learning based on a person’s knowledge gained from various sources and practice. Competences obtained through informal education can be recognised as part of a completed formal adult education or study programme. The Minister for Education and Science or the higher education institution establishes the recognition order.
It should be noted that the importance of lifelong learning is recognised in the state’s strategic documents. The concept of lifelong learning covers formal adult education, non-formal adult education and informal education.