Democratic Education in Lithuania

Since the very beginning School of Success has been actively involved in alternative forms of education, and last couple of years in particular – democratic education.

EEAGrants_JPGAiming to promote democratic education in Lithuania School of Success has prepared a project „Development of Civil Society through Democratic schooling“ (Democratic education project).

The Project is funded under the NGO Programme Lithuania of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEA Grants) 2009-2014.

Overall objective of the NGO Programme Lithuania is strengthened civil society development and enhanced contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development; and strengthened bilateral relationship between Lithuania and the Donor States – Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. 

About the Project

Reaserch shows that civil power of Lithuanian society has not been growing in recent years and remained relatively low.

The objective of this pilot project is to contribute to building active civil society in Lithuania. The project will specifically focus on applying and fostering a model of democratic schooling that allows students and teachers practice democracy on a daily basis and thrive through active participation in vibrant learning communities.

Five schools will be guided to and will implement individual democratic schooling projects. Six events will be organized to build competences, inform and share experiences of the project. 400 people will be involeved in the project activities directly, even more – indirectly during the projects at schools. Democratic schooling methodology will be created to ensure the continuity of the project. The applicant will expand its scope of activities, increase the number of employees and improve the knowledge on democratic schooling.

The main beneficiaries of the project will be school and local communities. Indirect beneficiaries – students’ families, general public, state.

Project duration: 12 months (October, 2013 – September, 2014).

Contact person: Donata NORKIENĖ, 8 620 45045,

About Democratic Education

Since 2011, School of Success is a part of a growing worldwide community of democratic education supporters.

The goal of democratic education is to empower young people to be autonomous, responsible members of their community and the larger world. Democratic education is rooted in meaningful challenge to the learner, while also being responsive and relevant to the larger community. It celebrates the adventure of learning, while cultivating personal and social responsibility. It helps individuals and communities find their voices.

There are two pillars of democratic education:

– self-determined learning

– a learning community based on equality and mutual respect

Within each pillar there is much variation so each democratic school/organization sets its own path and uniquiness.

eudeclogo_PNGEvents, movements, and communities that promote democratic education:

EUDEC – European Democratic Education Community

IDEN – International Democratic Education Network

IDEA – International Democratic Education Association

AERO – Alternative Education Resource Organisation

EUDEC currently has 42 member schools in 14 countries. The oldest and most famous of these is Summerhill School, which opened in 1921. New schools are being founded every year.