Lithuania faces new educational trends in post-pandemic reality

Scientists predict the second wave of coronavirus, and this uncertainty encourages high school graduates to reconsider their autumn semester plans. Among students around the world, an interest in a gap year and temporary employment is rapidly growing, while in Lithuania the number of students eager to acquire vocational education has increased by 40% this year.

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Summer discoveries: exhibitions in Kaunas

After a couple of months with the doors closed, museums and galleries are eager to attract visitors.

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Online from Kaunas: Lithuanian language and culture summer school

Baltic Summer University organisers have decided to use this time to explore the opportunities to teach Lithuanian culture and language courses online and apply the most successful practices in the future.

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Jakubauskas appointed director of Lithuania genocide center

Adas Jakubauskas, 55, has been appointed director of the Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania on Thursday after 71 lawmakers voted in favor, 15 were against, eight lawmakers abstained and one voting ballot was damaged.

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Researchers surprised by findings in burial from medieval times

Genomic analysis of plague victims from a mass burial in Lithuania identifies a medieval woman who was also infected with yaws. Since plague was commonplace in medieval times, finding its victims in a 15th century Lithuanian graveyard was no surprise.

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Successful education: not only efficient teaching

A couple of weeks ago I looked at some approaches to teaching, so I thought this week would dig into the world of approaches to learning.

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Lithuanian archaeologists discovered secrets of Bronze Age farmers

High in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, archaeologists from Vilnius University discovered the strongest evidence yet for early and intensive farming of grain crops initially domesticated in the Fertile Crescent of southwest Asia. This research illuminates how the earliest food globalization processes unfolded during a time when the web of organized trade routes, known as the Silk Road, was still thousands of years away.

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Lithuanian Post issues stamp for Vilna Gaon's 300th birth anniversary

Lietuvos Pastas (Lithuanian Post) is issuing a special stamp to mark the 300th birth anniversary of the Vilna (Vilnius) Gaon.

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J. Čeponis. Universities cannot remain the same

People face a lot of problems daily – at home, work, school or university. Challenges not only force us to get out of our comfort zone, to find the most relevant information and to look at the situation differently – they also educate us. For example, even after learning a new language, living abroad might cause challenges because of the local accents. However, a different environment can increase language proficiency. That is why learning today must be challenge-based.

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Actor Gediminas Girdvainis passes away

Lithuanian theater and film actor Gediminas Girdvainis died at the age of 76 on Wednesday, the head of the Vilnius theater he had performed in for over 25 years, has confirmed.

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Collaboration counts at school and beyond

There is a strong connection between contextualized learning and the approaches to teaching. Contextualised learning places an emphasis on students processing new information by connecting it to their own experience and to the world around them and one such school following this philosophy is Erudito Lycejus in Kaunas.

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Government initiates campaign 'Thank You, Lithuania'

Lithuania's government is initiating a thank campaign „Thank You, Lithuania and plans organizing short concerts across the country on June 1, Giedrius Surplys, the head of the public information group, says.

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Head of opera theater estimates quarantine losses

Lithuania's National Opera and Ballet Theater has probably lost one million euros because of the quarantine, its director Jonas Sakalauskas estimates, adding, however, that there have been no job cuts.

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Director Kaupinis wins German film festival's best director award

Lithuanian film director Karolis Kaupinis won the best director award for his debut feature, Nova Lituania, at goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, in Wiesbaden in early May.

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Bishops permit public Masses on Sundays

Roman Catholic churches in Lithuania will be able to celebrate Masses with congregations on all days, including Sundays, the Lithuanian Bishop's Conference said.

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Mission Siberia 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

Mission Siberia, an expedition organized annually to tend to graves of Lithuanian deportees and political prisoners, has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers said on Tuesday.

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Lockdown fashion: Facemask Fashion Week kicks off in Vilnius

Despite the ongoing lockdown introduced in Lithuania due to the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s capital will host a unique fashion event – a Facemask Fashion Week, which will be presented by artists on Tuesday.

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Do your students suffer from writers’ block?

It is not uncommon at all. I believe, as a teacher, having worked all around the world, a lot of the same approaches to asking a student to write an essay are similar. It is not wrong, it is just what I would call flat, especially for those students that do struggle with something creative to come up with.

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This year's Song Festival cancelled

Schoolchildren's Song Festival 2020, planned to be held in Vilnius in July, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Education, Science and Sport Minister Algirdas Monkevicius said on Wednesday.

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Bishops permit public Masses, except on Sundays

Roman Catholic churches in Lithuania will be able to celebrate Masses with congregations, except on Sundays, starting next Monday, the Lithuanian Bishop's Conference said on Friday.

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