Implementing local organization – The Duke of Edinburgh‘s International Award Lietuva
Programme start year – 2017
Since 2016, the British Council Lithuania and The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award programme (DofE) have collaborated in organising various projects for 14-19-year-olds, currently studying in Lithuanian schools.
The first project, ‘3D Youth: Do it bravely now’ aimed at encouraging young people to identify social problems existing in their surroundings (e.g. libraries, nurseries, orphanages, old people homes or city parks, forests, lakes and other areas) and come up with a solution. Youngsters were encouraged to work in small teams with the supervision of professionals, together implementing social action projects.
The results included:
- 30 initiatives implemented by young people, involving more than 260 people from local communities
- 20 youngsters trained and taught how to identify their strengths, weaknesses and the characteristics which they would like to improve in the future; how to practise team-work, decision-making, time-planning skills; how to identify the reasons for social challenges.
The second project, Public Speaking Training for the Youth of Lithuania is focused on building youngsters’ confidence in public speaking and encouraging critical thinking. Through various tasks and games young people study topics that are relevant to society: volunteering, digitisation and robotics, social exclusion, multilingualism, urbanisation, cultural diversity, etc. Young people work not only individually on their chosen topic, but also collaborate in teams composed of students from different geographical regions of Lithuania.
With the help of this training young people gain communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration skills. As a result, this training helps young people to develop the skills needed for real-life situations and also increases collaboration between different schools and their communities.