Education Development Centre together with Lithuanian Adult Education Centres Leaders Association invited adult education providers of Lithuania to meet in the conference “Adult Education in Lithuania“, which was held in Vilnius, on the 12th of June, 2015.
The Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Non-formal Adult Education and Continuing Learning is still an issue of the great importance for all adult education providers, so to discuss the importance of this law, to learn about the possibilities of finding different financial sources and to share the experience how to develop and improve adult education activities were the priorities of the conference.
The participants of the conference were welcomed by Algimantas Šimaitis, the head of Non-formal education department of the Ministry of education and Science. The Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Non-formal Adult Education and Continuing Learning, its role and importance was introduced by Dr. Tadas Tamošiūnas, the director of Qualifications and Vocational Education and Training Development Centre. Saulius Samulevičius, the head of the Adult Education Unit of earlier mentioned centre held the practical discussion about the leading documents of the Law and Dangiras Kačinskas introduced the goals and main activities of the Lithuanian Non-formal Adult Education board.
Financial issues and possibilities to get funding for adult education are one of the most important questions for adult education providers, so the presentation of “Erasmus+“ and “Nordplus Adult“ programmes provided by Dr. Edita Trečiokiene, the Project coordinator of the Education Exchanges Support Foundation, was very valuable, especially for those who search the ways of getting the financial support in order to implement their ideas and projects.
One more subject which was discussed in the conference is the possibilities to develop and broaden activities of formal adult education institutions. According to Dr. Albinas Kalvaitis, the education of the third age learners would be an efficient way to combine formal and non-formal learning in variuos adult education schools.
The conference was funded by the European Social Fund Agency, the project “Development of the adult education system by providing key competences to learners (Phase II)“ which was introduced by the Project manager Vilma Sargautaitė.
At the end of the conference adult learning providers had an opportunity to see the movie about the success of adult learners and had a chance to think over how important is their work, because it helps to fulfill the dreams and expectation of those adults who seek to improve and realize that it is never too late to learn.