Raising Civic Awareness (LT0010)
Enhancing the quality and competitive capacity of general and higher education systems: civic and historical education has been updated at schools. Civic and national identity education projects have been implemented. Arrangements have been made for educational civic activities and personal development across the country, various organisational forms thereof are being developed, thus encouraging the strengthening of local and national organisations of pupils and students. 2. The growth of the Civic Empowerment Index in 2012 was 35.0, in 2017 – 40.0. 3. Growth of the Civic Empowerment Index for pupils and students in 2013 was 46.0, and in 2014 – 46.7
IRM End of Term Status Summary
Commitment 4. Raising Civic Awareness
Initiative 2: Public participation in public governance
Area: raising civic awareness
Action: To update civic and historical education at school
- Enhancing the quality and competitive capacity of general and higher education systems: civic and historical education has been updated at schools. Civic and national identity education projects have been implemented. Arrangements have been made for educational civic activities and personal development across the country, various organisational forms thereof are being developed, thus encouraging the strengthening of local and national organisations of pupils and students.
- The growth of the Civic Empowerment Index in 2012 was 35.0, in 2017 – 40.0.
- Growth of the Civic Empowerment Index for pupils and students in 2013 was 46.0, and in 2014 – 46.7.
Responsible institution: Ministry of Education and Science
Supporting institutions: Not specified
Start date: 2014..................... ...................... End date: 2020
This commitment aims to update the civil education curriculum in schools. However, the commitment is unclear about what projects and initiatives should be conducted, and it does not include sufficient information about performance and outcome indicators.
According to the midterm report, both milestones were ongoing and in different stages of completion. While teachers interviewed by the IRM researcher viewed the steps in reforming civic education as positive, CSO experts interviewed had a considerably more critical take. Some of these criticisms had to do with the lack for resources allocated to implement the reforms and the lack of CSO involvement in developing the civic education curriculum.
See midterm report for a detailed analysis.
End of term: Substantial
The key development in the civic education policy area is that the Ministry of Education and Science developed and issued a 2016–2020 interinstitutional strategic activity plan on civic education.[Note 21: The legal act can be found here: https://www.e-tar.lt/portal/lt/legalAct/3326bca0f26a11e5989ee743dd0efbb0.] It aims to strengthen youth civil and national perception skills (taking into account geopolitical realities in the region, kids will be taught how to recognise signals of information warfare, for instance).[Note 22: A press release can be found here: https://www.smm.lt/web/lt/pranesimai_spaudai/naujienos_1/sutelkiamas-demesys-i-pilietini-ir-tautini-ugdymajis-tampa-kryptingas-nuoseklus-itraukiamos-skirtingos-organizacijos.] The plan also includes education on democratic skills, such as critical thinking and political skills. It also aims to involve a wider range of actors in civic education, including NGOs in Lithuania, recognising their importance in youth civic education. However, the plan does not specify concrete action to complete these goals and only sets down interinstitutional coordination procedures and overall goals. An interinstitutional working group is to gather on an annual basis and report on progress in pursuing the goals set out in the plan.
Did it open government?
As implemented, this commitment has not contributed to opening government practice. The main activities have targeted national identity teaching rather than focusing on educating the public about their rights and responsibilities, an application that could strengthen overall citizen empowerment in the country. However, the forthcoming interinstitutional activity plan now includes youth democratic skills building; thus, it can be expected that citizen empowerment will in fact be addressed in the period of 2016–2020.
There is no commitment in the third national action plan that targets the civic education policy area.
LT0024, 2018, Access to Information
NGO Database, NGO Fund
LT0025, 2018, Civic Space
Publish Fiscal Information
LT0026, 2018, E-Government
Public Services by NGOs
LT0027, 2018, Capacity Building
Monitoring and Evlauation for Public Participation
LT0028, 2018, Public Participation
Legislative Process Evaluation
LT0029, 2018, Capacity Building
Build Open Data Portal, and Integrate Into the European Single Digital Market.
LT0015, 2016, Access to Information
Publicize Information About Government Activities and Civic Participation in Governance.
LT0016, 2016, Capacity Building
Publish Online Information About Revenues and Spending of National and Municipal Institutions
LT0017, 2016, E-Government
Create and Broadcast Social Advertisements That Target Corruption in the Healthcare System
LT0018, 2016, Anti-Corruption
Create Legal, Organizational and Technical Tools to Easily Access Detailed Information About Election and Voting Procedures
LT0019, 2016, E-Government
Create Public Consultation Mechanism
LT0020, 2016, Capacity Building
Foster Open Public Governance Culture in Public Sector
LT0021, 2016, Capacity Building
Creation of NGO Database.
LT0022, 2016, Civic Space
Creation of NGO Fund.
LT0023, 2016, Capacity Building
Public Service Quality Improvements
LT0007, 2014, Capacity Building
Developing and Promoting E-Services
LT0008, 2014, E-Government
Encouraging Public Participation
LT0009, 2014, E-Government
Raising Civic Awareness
LT0010, 2014, Education
National Civil Society Fund Model Development
LT0011, 2014, Civic Space
Accessibility of Public Information
LT0012, 2014, Access to Information
Public Decision-Making Transparency
LT0013, 2014, Anti-Corruption
Promoting Anti-Corruption Education
LT0014, 2014, Anti-Corruption
Increase of the Accessibility of the Information Held by Public Administration Authorities.
Centralised Publishing of Information on Government Activities
More Extensive Public Consultations
LT0003, 2012, Public Participation
Promotion of Public Participation in Public Administration Processes
LT0004, 2012, Legislative
Increasing the Accessibility of Services Provided to the Public.
LT0005, 2012, E-Government
Promotion of Public Participation in the Process for the Improvement of Service Provision
LT0006, 2012, Public Participation