memoveKeymasterJanuary 15, 2015 at 1:21 pmPost count: 12
Not efficient Formal Education system(Kaunas)
In the process of entering in the university, certificate of Non-formal education is not recognized by the formal education authorities in Lithuania and this is a reason of an apathetic attitude of young people to voluntarism, less involvement in NGO’s and other social initiatives. Despite of that, frequent changes in the Policy of Education system in Lithuania as well as lack of the professional consultations for young people, brings instability of students and their choice of the studies and future carrier. Moreover youngsters think that on the process of entering the new university it is put too much pressure and importance on the marks of graduation exams. In this way students are studying not in order to learn something new and get some practice in the field but in order to get the better mark for exams.
Young people from Kaunas have suggestions for educational and youth policy makers. They think that universities has to stop producing graduated specialist who are not able to find a job. As a start point they would like to suggest to politicians to sign the longer term agreement for some stability aspects(such as roles of examinations and entering to the universities) in the Education Policies in order not to experiment every year with new students, better to take a good examples of implemented policies in other countries.
Another step they have to work on, is to made a better system of choosing studies field according the need of the market. Young people suggest to add more hours of professional and personal consultations for young people in the last years of their secondary school such as collaborations between enterprises and high schools in order to provide students a balance of the theory and practice and prepare a good specialist for the future market.
Another suggestion from the youth is to develop the formal education programmer with adding in it more non formal education methods such as teamwork collaboration and communication, discussions, simulations and getting to know each other as well as your own personality in order to have more opportunities to be successful in real life and labor market. NGOs experienced in the field of NFE could help schools to create the mechanisms for those lessons and in this way they would increase the cross-sectorial collaboration and recognition of Non- formal education.
We are always striving to find a way of collaboration together
AnonymousInactiveJanuary 26, 2015 at 6:28 pmPost count: 1
I have a personal experience with non efficient formal education system in Georgia. I was not satisfied with learning process while i was studying in university. We had a lot of theories but no practical studies.
After i tried non-formal education, i realised how lucky i was to find new approach of learning. How much you can learn and how useful is it in terms of develop skills, attitudes and get a knowledge.
After reading your post i felt inspired to update and suggest our policy makers in education system to use non-formal methods and engage students more into learning.
I strongly believe that formal education system will become more efficient.
AnonymousInactiveJanuary 27, 2015 at 1:39 pmPost count: 1
When I was in University in Romania I was feeling the same. The courses and seminars were boring and non-practical. I can say that in 3 years of economics I learn nothing that I can apply in real life.
What was very useful it was a program that the University had. It was called the Non-Formal Education Center. Here every week there were training’s and workshops for the students. The trainers were professionals from different fields that were invited to do this activities. The outcome was spectacular, because a lot of students made contact for the first time with non-formal education and also we gained a lot of skills and knowledge.
The economical investment is very low,you need a room and some materials for the activities.
Probably this type of program will not change the education system but i think it is a good start!
pangelicaKeymasterApril 20, 2016 at 4:24 pmPost count: 3
In Lithuania has started an interesting project that I think will go further with the recognition of non formal learning.
Is now clear to more and more people how important is the integration between formal and non formal education to improve the competences and skills of youth and to fight against unemployment. A partnership of youth NGOs from different countries (Lithuania, Spain, Germany and others) are working for an innovative concept: applying the open badge system to the youth work. Open digital badges is a standard to recognise and verify learning and achievements. They are digital micro-credentials that may represent identity, interests, competences and achievements across the web.
If you are interested to know more you can give a look to the following websites:
You can aslo write to Nerijus Kriauciunas, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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