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Funded Lithuanian Projects

The section below provides infromation on projects funded by Europe for Citizens Programme where Lithuanian organizations were acting as a main organizer (applicant).

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Projects financed in 2013

„The Road of the Citizen“: Information and implementation of the rights of the citizens of the  European Union (according to the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the European Union)

Organizer: NGO „House of Art and Education“

Partners: Borupgaard Gymnazium (Denmark), Kriukų secondary school, Joniskis district (Lithuania), Milikonių secondary school (Lithuania), Panvėžio Margaritos Rimkevičaitės technological school (Lithuania), Vecsaules pamatskola (Latvia), Vilniaus Simono Daukanto gymnasium (Lithuania), Sirvintu „Atzalyno“ pro-gymnasium (Lithuania), Zecpol Prezedszkolno Szkolno Gimnazjalny (Poland)

Financed under Action 2 Measure 3 Support to projects initiated by civil society organisations (103 000 EUR)

Project description: The aim of this project is to spread the information about the citizenship of the European Union, rights of the citizens, the Charters and Treaties which declare these rights and to encourage young people and their surrounding environment to learn more about them. Participants will not only get acquainted with the issues theoretically but also will experience them in practise in the Forum theatre performances, through the specific situations of the violation of the fundamental rights. The main participants of the project are students and their teachers. They will work together as a group, prepare Forum theatre performances which will be presented for their communities (students, teachers, other members of the community of the school and living environment). In the course of the project public performance will be organized. Passers-by will be encouraged to participate in the performances and discussions. In the end of the project representatives of every participating country will discuss the main problems they experience while implementig fundamental human rights and will inform members of the European Parliament about them.

More information about this project will be uploaded on the website www.forumtheatre.lt

„History Lessons for the Future Generations“

Organizer: Kėdainiai dist. Šėta gymnasium (Kėdainių rajono savivaldybės Šėtos gimnazija)

Partners: Eglaines pamatskola (Latvia), Ilūkstes secondary school Sadraudziba (Latvia), Kėdainiai dist. Krakės Mikalojus Katkus gymnasium (Lithuania), Lachu basic school (Latvia), Nauene basic school (Latvia), Saliena basic school (Latvia), Šėta community centre (Lithuania), Spogi secondary school (Latvia), Svente secondary school (Latvia).

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (44 000 EUR)

Project description: Seta gymnasium organizes the project HLFG (History Lessons for the Future Generations) and offers an opportunity for teachers, Seta community, teachers of surrounding schools and social partners from EU countries‘ schools to focus on the Stalinist crimes of the previous century. Our aim is to show future generations – students, what happens to people, nations and states when such human values as life respect, tolerance and democracy are throttled. Latvian and Lithuanian schools, International Commission Evaluating Nazi and Soviet Crimes in Lithuania and Kedainiai Regional Museum have been involved into the project. The other non-governmental institutions, like Riflemen’s Union Kedainiai cohort, Exiles union of Kedainiai department, the Centre of Seta Community are also being involved. This is the best way to ensure communication among the witnesses of the Soviet regimes, who are already antecedents, teachers and students. They will be not only the receivers of the project results, but also participants. Objectives: 1. to gather and publish documents and witnesses’ memories of Soviet crimes against humanity according to 3 themes: the Resistance (the theme of Partisans), Repression (the theme of Deportation to Siberia) and Collectivization (the theme of violence and dehumanization); 2) to organize meetings with the witnesses for the participants of the project from the other EU schools, community and students; 3) to organize a workshop and a conference for teachers and students, where they will be able to get acquainted with the material gathered by all the schools from small places about which history has not written yet. On this, 6 – 7 lesson plans will be prepared, and teachers will be able to use them in a creative way teaching about the Soviet regimes; 4) to release a CD of the project and lesson plans, which will also be used by the schools not involved in the project. 5) to organize En plein air of art at partner schools in the memorial places.

„House of Death 1939 – 1955. New of a Resurrected Memory“

Organizer:  The Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania (Lietuvos gyventojų genocido ir rezistencijos tyrimo centras)

Partners: Museum of World War II in Gdansk (Poland), Šilutė section of Association of Poles in Lithuania (Lithuania), Macikai Social Care Home (Lithuania), Museum of Šilutė (Lithuania), Administration of Šilutė district municipality (Lithuania), Šilutė dist. Vydūnas gymnasium (Lithuania)

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (60 908,88 EUR)

Project description: The years of WWII and the atrocities of the Nazi and Soviet totalitarian regimes are today labelled as symbols of blood and death. It is no coincidence that local residents used the metaphor “House of Death” to refer to the Nazi and later Soviet prisoner of war camps and lager founded in the mid-20th century in the village of Macikai in Lithuania. Representatives of various European nations were imprisoned here. This is a unique memorial place attesting to the cruelty and inhuman nature of both Nazi and Soviet atrocities. Many victims of the totalitarian regime died here from the torture they experienced and are buried nearby. Unfortunately, very little is known today about these lagers and the people who were imprisoned here. The project aims: – To preserve a site where totalitarian regimes committed atrocities and murdered peaceful inhabitants of Europe and to immortalise the memory of the victims; – To encourage cooperation between the representatives of various nations and generation, to promote mutual understanding about the horrors of totalitarian regimes, and after the preparation of a thematic tourist route to the Macikai lagers, to disseminate information about the tragic events that took place here to EU citizens; – To develop the project from the local to the international level, to reach out and build a network of cooperation with local and international organisations. In order to achieve the aims of the project archaeological and historical research will be carried out on the lagers to gather information about the number of victims, their identities, and memories of victims will be collected and published. A website with public access will be developed. Representatives of European and Lithuanian organisations will be invited to a conference, where the collected material will be presented and the research and experiences will be shared. Representatives of various social groups and generations will be involved and invited to a campaign to commemorate the victims.

 


Projects financed in 2011

„Intercultural dialogue: Silale- Krasnik- Stavenhagen“

Organizer: The Municipality of Silale’s District

Partners: Stavenhager, Reuterstadt (Germany), Krasnik (Poland)

Financed under Action 1 Measure 1.1 Town twinning citizens’ meetings (15 000 EUR)

Project description: Town twinning brings Europe’s citizens together across national frontiers, helping them to understand each other’s culture, everyday’s life better. Therefore the main goal of our project „Intercultural dialogue: Silale- Krasnik- Stavenhagen“ is to bring three towns closer by sharing European’s history, by participation in the local events, by knowing more about differences and similarities of our cultural and social life. To achieve the goal, we chose the idea of exchanging the art groups from three towns. Every year, on the 15th of August, Silale celebrates the Festival of Silale’s city. We thought that participation of Krasnik’s choir and Stavenhagen’s children and youth orchestra along with the local art groups in this festival would be a great idea. Besides the cultural experience we will provide an educational, recreational and social activities as well. The representatives from Silale’s museum are organizing a conference „Traces of different European cultures in Silale’s district“, where Burgomasters from Krasnik and Stavenhagen are going to read their reports on chosen topics. Also, the representatives from Silale’s library are organizing an exhibition on the topic „We all as one“ where souvenirs, different publications about the participating towns are going to be displayed. Overall, the participation of different organizations is going to help them to acquire new skills in their working field as well as skills for interacting with people from different countries. Also communication amog participants promotes respect for the linguisting diversity. Hopefully, this experience is going to be filled with happy memories where new friendships will be fostered and where active participation of all citizens is going to be a top priority. The project will be concluded by signing the twinning agreements with Krasnik and Stavenhagen during the meeting.

„Get to know! Strengthening links among European citizens by means of cultural turism: promotion of knowledge, dialogue and equal opportunities in the network of twinned-towns“

Organizer: Administration of Zarasai District Municipality

Partners: Kunsill Lokali Isla (Malta), Mairie de Ballan-Mire (France), Comune di Mottafollone (Italy), Urzad Miasta Zdunska Wola (Poland)

Financed under Action 1 Measure 1.2 Networks of Twinned Towns (97 751 EUR)

Project description: European Union countries are related by broad connection such as economic, geopolitical or by different obligations. However European cultural aspects are often neglected even though these aspects are interesting and appealing to citizens and can encourage EU citizens to get interested in other cultures. Although a principle of a big and small cultures is playing a big role in this case, a project „Get to know!” creates the conditions for European citizens to learn about the cultures, traditions and hobbies of partners in network.

Joint activities, meetings of various target groups and involvement of citizens promote long-term cooperation, create links by interests and goals. It is very important to unite local politicians for the common aims, to promote international long-lasting cooperation and to encourage young people to get interested in various European Union countries, their cultures, to introduce cultural dialogue and the need to improve skills.

The main aim of the project is to strengthen the links of European citizens using cultural tourism means, to promote intercultural understanding and intercultural dialogue, equal opportunities between towns-partners Zarasai (Lithuania) – ZdunskaWola(Lenkija), Zarasai (Lithuania) – Mottafollone(Italija), Zarasai (Lithuania) -BallanMire(Prancūzija) and partners wishing to join network – Zarasai (Lithuania) – Isla (Malta).

„Lisbon Treaty: Empowerment of European Citizens“

Organizer: Human Rights Monitoring Institute

Partners: Latvian Centre for Human Rights (Latvia)

Financed under Action 2 Measure 3 Support to projects initiated by civil society organisations (138 842 EUR)

Project description: The year 2009 was marked by the economic and financial crisis; therefore, the focus of the States‘ attention was directed at minimizing negative consequences of the crisis and ensuring financial stability. Regrettably, by focusing on the fight against recession and threats to the financial system, governmental institutions pushed aside the keystone of public welfare – respect for human rights and their appropriate implementation.

In the end of 2009 Lisbon Treaty entered into force, alongside with more transparency and efficiency bringing a Europe of rights and values, freedom, solidarity and security, promoting the Union’s values, introducing the Charter of Fundamental Rights into European primary law, providing for new solidarity mechanisms and ensuring better protection of European citizens. However do the primary beneficiaries – European citizens – know and use their expanded rights, are they active and do they own the EU? We dare say they don‘t – at least in the Eastern block (and other new EU states) States did not find resources nor motivation for thorough and consistent informational campaigns. We hope that this project would not only introduce effects of the Lisbon Treaty and opportunities it offers to a number of young people, and civil society, but would also build a forum for accumulating the initiatives on awareness raising and empowerment of our citizens.  Participants from at least 10 EU states will be involved in educational activities and assisted in starting their own activities, and through the forum would sustain the good practices and advocate for involvement of others.

Activities of the  project:

  • A series of regional radio shows „You are the Citizen of Europe“ („Europe of Rights and Values“) aired through the local radio stations;
  • Summer School „Using Lisbon Treaty for Building Active Citizenship“ for young people from the new EU member-states;
  • International conference „for sharing best practice examples (including production of recommendations for uniform awareness raising strategy for EU, and establishment of an open forum for civil  society initiatives on active citizenship);
  • Educational activities in high-schools (preparation of educational material, pilot awareness raising campaign, publication and dissemination of finalized training material to schools along with subsequent consultations for teachers);
  • Production of documentary „Zoon Politicon of the European Union“ (including public screenings, production and dissemination of DVDs);
  • Construction of a website that will serve as a re-usable database of good practice examples complemented by an open forum for civil  society initiatives on active citizenship.

More information: www.hrmi.lt

„An Echo of Past Days“

Organizer: Seta gymnasium, Kedainiai municipality

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (14 028,15 EUR)

Project description: Most European countries experienced totalitarian regime in 20th century, but it was quite different in each country. While teaching these themes at school teachers face difficulties because it is quite complex for students of 21st century to understand their country‘s experience in European context. The aim of this project is to compare the experience of history teachers in other  EU schools, teaching the topics about consequences of totalitarian regime and raising democratic values.

Seta gymnasium and the teachers of other 5 countries made an agreement to continue their work together in a new project under the topic of totalitarism. All of these schools are in small villages far away from big centres. It is interesting to compare how the grand XX century historical events affected inhabitants of these villages, and how it reflects in memories of the people living there.

All the information gathered and methodology of teaching about totalitarian regimes will be published in English and Lithuanian in a toolkit „Teaching Democratic Values and the Lessons of 20th Century“ so that other teachers of  EU countries can use it.

The ways and methods  of teaching the period of totalitarian regime in different EU schools will be discussed in the Conference. Gathered material will be presented, as well. During practical workshops teachers will get aquainted with the memorial places of victims of Stalinism and Nasizm totalitarian regime, they will broaden their minds using in advance prepared material and create new teaching aids for their students. New teaching aids created in the workshop will be multiplied to CDs „The Echo of Past Days in our Hearts: let‘s not forget the pressure and disrespect to people and culture“, The CDs will be shared with other schools for further teaching. The participants of the Conference will prepare and accept the Resolution – a proclamation to the teachers of EU schools about teaching the importance of democratic and citizenship values in XXI century schools.

„41. Summer over the Blood“

Organizer: NGO Nepriklausomu Holokausto tyrimu archyvas

Partners: Jurbarkas Regional Museum (Lithuania), Kaunas 9th Forth Museum (Lithuania), NGO Filmu kopa (Lithuania)

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (14 028,15 EUR)

Project description: The main aim of the project is to preserve history of the Holocaust in Lithuania and remembrance about the events in summer of 1941 when the total destruction of Jewish (Litvaks) community happened, to educate active citizens ready to stand for tolerance, human rights, cultural diversity. The objectives are: to create documentary film „41. A Summer over the blood“ on a basis of archival material, professional filmmakers together with students research and creative work; to involve youth and students into the projects activities in different regions of Lithuania, we believe that active participation in the research part, in the script of the film contest, in the film shooting and performing, in the organization of the events in the schools dedicated for film presentation and discussions is the best method to educate positive attitudes towards cultural diversity, human rights, tolerance, remembrance of the Holocaust; to integrate film „41. A Summer over the blood“ into educational programmes of History, Ethics, Political Science, Civic Education in secondary schools; to help teachers attractively educate students about the Holocaust, to form students skills and competencies in research work, preparation of questionnaires, collection and analysis of the historical documents, communication with the older generation, taking interview, creative writing, critical thinking, participation in discussions with well prepared arguments and defence of their opinion; to prepare the fragments of the films as interactive tools for the expositions of Kaunas 9th Fort museum and Jurbarkas region museum; to organise film public presentations at schools, cultural centers, museums with moderated discussions; to organise film presentations together with discussions and feedback in Lithuanian police, state defence and imprisonment institutions; to rise awareness and initiate public discussions about the Holocaust in Lithuania and the project activities in e-media and mass media.

„Memorial sites as key for future education“

Organizer: The International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania

Partners: Auschwitz-Birkenau State Muzeum (Poland)

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (30 270 EUR)

Project description: This project focuses on the tragic Holocaust period in Poland and Lithuania. Lithuania regained its independence only 21 years ago and Lithuanian society have recently started talking about the Holocaust in Lithuania. Poland had also suffered terrible history of the Holocaust. Polish are more experienced in using the memorial sites for educational purposes. Teachers use some artefacts and other museum materials in education process. The biggest experience “How to tech about Holocaust” has the museum of Auschwitz in Poland. The educational department of the Museum uses educational programs for students of different ages and for adults as well. The project participants are the teachers interested in teaching about the Holocaust. They are going to be both from Lithuania and from Poland. They will meet twice in seminars (Spring 2012 in Poland) and (Summer 2012 in Lithuania). The aim of the first seminar – to get acquaintance with Auschwitz museum and educational programs, to organize the discussion: “How to use the memorial sites for the young generation teaching about the Holocaust or other historical events?” The second seminar will be held in Lithuania. The teachers from Lithuania will present their experience teaching about the Holocaust in memorial sites to the Polish teachers. The participants will visit Paneriai (Vilnius) and the IX forth in Kaunas, the places of the mass executions of Jews in Lithuania. The research results about the Holocaust period in Lithuania will be introduced to the participants. The main task of both seminars to create a new approach to the idea of: “Teaching students not in the classrooms, but at the memorial sites”.

„United Europe – United History“

Organizer: The International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania

Partners: The Centre of Tolerance (Latvia), The Unitas Foundation (Estonia), Nation’s Memory Institute (Slovakia), The Institute of National Remembrance (Poland)

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (19 041 EUR)

Project description: Politically united Europe is still divided by two major historical narratives – how different countries ant their societies remember totalitarian past of XX-th century. During the first half of the 20th century two totalitarian regimes – Nazi and Soviet – emerged and sought to alert the political structure of the world thought universal imposition of their ideologies. Europe and its nations suffered from both. Repressions and losses befell all its peoples. However, differences between two regimes affected ethnic, social and political groups in different ways. Collective memories have been shaped accordingly. And in this group of different narratives we can clearly see two principal groups: – West European narrative, with knowledge and experience of Nazi regime; – Central-East European narrative in most cases with experience of both, but with the emphases on Soviet crimes. The European Forum „United Europe – United History“ is devoted to promote dialog between these two narratives and contribute to creation of inclusive European historical memory. Forum will examine the reasons of different collective memory and discuss the ways how Europe and it nations could come to terms with its past. Forum is planed on two levels: major plenary sessions and specific workshops for professional historians, politicians, journalists, social scientists, intellectuals, educators, representatives of youth organizations and victims of totalitarian regime. Expected outcomes of the Forum: 1. Reduce of tensions and increase of understanding between different narratives. 2. Practical proposals of strategies how to come to common European narrative. 3. Networking and increase of international cooperation.

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Projects financed in 2010

„Baltic neighbors‘ friendship day“

Organizer: Pakruojis region municipality

Partners: Mariestad town municipality (Sweden), Rypin town municipality (Poland)

Financed under Action 1 Measure 1.1 Town Twinning citizens meetings

Project description: The aim of the project was to encourage the citizens of the twinning towns – Pakruojis, Mariestad and Rypin – friendship in the Baltic Sea region while granting them opportunity to interact and participate in constructing closer, democratic and united through its cultural diversity Europe. The project aimed at creating the added value through long-term cross-border cooperation and exchange of knowledge and experience in preservation of nationality as a value of multicultural Europe.

The following objectives have been set to achieve the project goal: to create favorable conditions for the society to take part in cultural activities; to develop intercultural cooperation and new contacts between twinning towns; to open opportunities to get acquainted with the Lithuanian, Polish and Swedish culture, customs, crafts and occupations; to promote effective intercultural dialogue as the main tool for peaceful communication between different cultures, ethnic groups, languages and social strata.

A conference was organized in Pakruojis on 27 August, 2010, during which a twinning town cooperation agreement between Pakruojis and Rypin towns was signed. After the conference a meeting with the representatives of Pakruojis region business companies was organized in order to introduce regional business and production. On the second day of the Conference (28 August, 2010) the delegations from Mariestad and Rypin participated in Pakruojis town traditional annual festival, met with the town community. The cultural event housed folk music and dance concert, spectacular show, crafts fair with the live procession as well as products presentation.

„Letters to Future Generations“

Organizer: Kėdainiai region museum

Partners: Tukums town museum (Latvia)

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (50 683 EUR)

Project description: The aim of the project “Letters to Future Generations” was to bring together people from local communities of Kėdainiai in Lithuania and Tukums in Latvia in order to learn from common Baltic states history and to encourage the mutual understanding between different nations and generations. The main tasks of the project were to share the experience and to develop the research on the local and regional levels, to disseminate the collected information to the society, in particular young people, in order to commemorate the victims of Nazism and Stalinism in Lithuania and Latvia, to preserve the memorial sites and enrich the collections of museums and archives, related to massacre, arrests and deportations during 1940s.

The project activities – documentation and research of a very complicated historical period, the virtual expositions and historic environment education programs in Kėdainiai and Tukums museums – were expected to bring together museum professionals and teachers as well as young and elderly people of different countries in order to exchange experiences and opinions. This platform for discussions is very important, because a lack of constructive dialogue between different ethnic, social groups and generations still exists, despite the fact that more than 60 years has passed since the WWII. The project aimed at involving more than 600 participants from Lithuania and Latvia into project activities. Now is the right time to present people with the objective information, to make museums collections easier accessible in order to learn more not only about the history from local perspective, but also in the context of European history.

More information at www.kedainiumuziejus.lt

„Exchange and promotion of best-practice of recording, preservation and interpretation of oral histories of victims of Nacizm and Stalinizm in Europe“

Organizer: The Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (21 614 EUR)

Project description: in 2011 Lithuania and other Baltic states commemorates 70th anniversary of mass deportation and extermination executed by Nazi and Soviet regimes in 1941. Very few victims of those crimes are still alive. Therefore it is of crucial importance to record and retain their testimonies, thus commemorating the victims by retaining their memory and rethinking past, present and future of Europe and the whole of the world.
The overall aim of the project was to keep alive the memory of the victims of Nazism and Stalinism and to enrich present and future generations understanding and knowledge about the scope, character and historical context of mass deportation and extermination by recording verbal testimonies.
The project aimed at exchanging best-practices and promoting organizations cooperation in Lithuania and Europe. As this is a long-lasting task, representatives from 7 European Union member states archives have been invited to participate in the seminar and discuss about the need for common European organizations network (both formal and informal) and prospects for cooperation. Lithuanian organizations, dealing with the collection and preservation of verbal testimonies, have been invited to consider their cooperation and discuss effective working methods in sharing experience and resources as well as reaching wider audiences.

More information at www.genocid.lt

„Dipukai (Displaced Persons)“

Organizer: VšĮ „Minčių studija“

Partners: Lithuanian cultural center of Europe (Germany)

Project participants: Lithuanian communities’ representatives from Germany, the Netherlands, France, Great Britain

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (55 000 EUR)

Project description: Live broadcast „Dipukai.eu“ (displaced persons) is dedicated for the memory of those persons, who due to Nazi and Soviet regimes were forced to leave their homeland for the West. The Baltic states inhabitants experienced extremely painful consequences of Nazi and Soviet regimes, and political discussions on the evaluation of these regimes consequences reached European Parliament. Tens of thousands people had to leave their homeland during and after the World War II due to repressions. The number of witnesses of Nazism and Stalinism is getting smaller and smaller, and Europe is losing its live memory. Thus, our aim is to collect the memories of persons displaced in Europe, who were forced to leave their country because of historical events.

„Kaunas Fort VII memorial route“

Organizer: VšĮ „Karo paveldo centras“

Partners: Museum of Kaunas fort IX (Lithuania), War heritage institute (Lithuania), Kostrzyn Oder town municipality (Poland)

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (55 000 EUR)

Project description: mass execution of Lithuanian and other European countries’ inhabitants of Jewish nationality, performed by Nazi during World War II, started in the territory of Kaunas fort VII. The legacy of this crime – places of human remains and places of shooting – remained, but their condition does not satisfy even minimal requirements concerning respect for the victims.

War heritage center and its partners refer to the fact, that 2010 was the year for commemoration of 70 years anniversary of establishment of the first Jewish concentration camp in Kaunas fort VII (1 July 1941).

In view of this anniversary the memory of people who lost their lives should be paid proper tribute, and the places of human remains should be granted respective status as well as given possibility to be visited by excursions and used for different events. The main aims of the project were the following:

  • To safeguard the place of Jewish people massacre by creating a memorial touristic route;
  • To memorialize the people tortured and killed in Fort VII by accomplishing a research, during which information about the exact number and names of victims will be collected and published;
  • To integrate the Kaunas fort VII memorial touristic route into international map of genocide related places, disseminate information about tragic events in Fort VII to the European Union citizens, and to make international contacts for the future cooperation.

Historical and archeological research has contributed to reaching project aims. The memorial route in the territory of Kaunas fort VII has been created accordingly. Besides, experts’ seminars and a camp for young people have been organized. The project incorporated the publication „Tragedy in Kaunas fort VII“, creation of an educational film and an internet page for sharing research results, project process and outcomes.

More information at www.karopaveldas.lt

„The Red Year – Soviet occupation of the Baltic States 1940 – 1941″

Organizer: The International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania

Partners: Estonian teachers of history association (Estonia), NGO “Aspectus Memoria” (Lithuania), Kristianstad city municipality Swedish- Lithuanian community (Sweden)

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (18 887,85 EUR)

Project description: The project focuses upon the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states in 1940, which continued one year. Besides, it aims at disclosing the sovietization of these states as well as first deportations of political and cultural elite and exile to Siberia. For this reason the project participants were from Lithuania, Estonia and Sweden. Lithuania and Estonia had similar historical experience, while Sweden – different one. The project participants met in two seminars in Lithuania for thematic excursions, discussions, workshops and creative tasks. The main aim of these seminars was to find the means how to present this topic to contemporary society a pedagogical way. A documentary film about occupation and sovietization in 1940 -1941 has been created, project process and results introduced on a specially designed internet page.

„History and Memory – the Soviet Case“

Organizer: The International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania

Partners:
Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (Romania), Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (Check Republic)

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (24 000 EUR)

Project description: There exist a lot of research about occupation and occupation regime till 1953 in Lithuania, but Lithuanian society is not informed enough about events following afterwards. The purpose of this project was to explore the history of Lithuania after Stalin’s death in 1953 and to share this experience with the historians from European Union countries, which had experienced the same totalitarian regime, as well as to learn about those countries experience.

The research gave more information on the historical changes in Lithuania after Stalin’s death: in the spheres of state security apparatus KGB, violations of human rights, economics, citizens everyday life, i.e. military education in schools and state interference into family life.

There were 2 basic aims of the project. Firstly, professional historians have accomplished research on relevant topics and introduced it to their foreign and Lithuanian colleagues in a conference. Secondly, this experience and new knowledge have been presented to Lithuanian teachers, who would transfer it to their students in a suitable form. Teachers should be a link between academic society and students.

This information is available on specially designed internet page.

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Projects financed in 2009

„Lets get known each other individually and in an European way too“

Organizer: The Municipality of Prienai District

Partners: Sherborne (UK), Bitetto (Italy)

Financed under Action 1 Measure 1.1 Town Twinning citizens meetings (5377 EUR)

Project description: the town twinning project “Let’s get known each other individually and in an European way too“ covers three main thematic areas, such as inter-cultural dialogue, people’s well being in Europe: employment, social cohesion, sustainable development and the impact of EU policies to society. More and more people feel lonely in the contemporary fast pace world. What European citizens really need is to cooperate, communicate with other countries’ people, demonstrate their regional identity and take active part in European citizenship creation. As the year 2009 was the European Year of Creativity and Innovation the aim of the project meeting was to encourage and motivate communities from Prienai, Bitetto and Sherborne to open themselves in a creative way by drawing graffiti paintings embodying cooperation among towns, sharing experience in youth activities, national songs and dances concert in order to promote their cultural identity. The song festival was dedicated to commemorate the millennium of the mentioning of the name of Lithuania. Participants had a great opportunity to get acquainted with different culture traditions, as well as to experience a feeling of best efforts for the sake of European citizens. People should start intercultural dialogue, as it is the core stone for integration, friendship and active citizenship. The youth of towns’ communities have been actively involved in this project meeting. Students have been hosted by Lithuanian students and families, so that they could experience a live Lithuanian life. Moreover, participants have been actively involved in sports activities, promoting active citizenship. Everybody – students, teachers and municipality representatives, communities’ members – participated in sports competition, highlighting the importance of sport as a universal language, and presenting possibility to expose the activeness of the participants. During the project meeting participants were taken to Vilnius and Trakai for visiting famous historical and modern monuments and places, as Vilnius was a European capital of culture.

There is a unique regional museum in Prienai, which introduces ancient method of Lithuanian bread baking. All the project representatives have participated in baking process, tasted the bread they cooked and other traditional Lithuanian dishes.

As project promotes the main aspects of town twinning cooperation it is expected that each town community will become active European citizens and creators of prosperous Europe.

Mission: „Lithuanian“

Organizer: VšĮ „Rain Studio“

Partners: Lithuanian community in Belgium, Lithuanian community in Spain, Lithuanian community „Rūta“ in Georgia, Lithuanian community in Ireland (ALB), Lithuanian community in Britain, Department of National Minorities and Diaspora under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania

Financed under Action 2 Measure 3 Support to projects initiated by civil society organizations (55000 EUR)

Project description: We are divided by thousands of kilometers, climate zones or states borders. The reasons for search for different life are better job abroad, love and marriage with a foreigner. We are Lithuanians living in Lithuania. They are Lithuanians in emigration.

Is it easy to remain a Lithuanian living far away from Lithuania? Maybe it is easer to accept other nation’s customs and culture? Do Lithuanians in emigration retain their national traditions? How do they accept strange country’s customs, do they observe new traditions?

Series of documentaries have introduced five countries (England, Ireland, Spain, Belgium and Georgia) Lithuanian communities’ and individual lives and habits. Lithuanians in emigration have been filmed during Lithuanian national holidays. How do they celebrate Christmas in a strange country? Are there traditional dishes on their Christmas Eve table? Do they look for a fem flower and make fireplaces for St. John (Midsummer Day) celebration? But maybe they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or another festival, which comes from the country they live now? The more we learn about each other, the more we feel we are together as one nation.

An internet page www.mission-lithuanian.eu is a part of the Project; information about the Project (aims, process and results, organizers, partners, and contacts) is available there.

More information at www.mission-lithuanian.eu

„The Stations of Grief“

Organizer: VšĮ “TV Europa”

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (23266 EUR)

Participating countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia

Project description: The international educational project – art and history workshops “The Stations of Grief” – aimed at uniting those, who had survived Stalinist repressions (deportations) and young students of art, history and journalism for a discussion about historical experience.

The project participants have been offered documentary materials from Lithuanian archives as a background for art objects creation. Besides, meetings with witnesses, audio and video records of their testimonies, lectures, screenings of documentaries have been organized.

The project had several aims:

  • to initiate dialogue between different generations – the survivors of Stalinist repressions (deportations) and young first year art academies students;
  • to retain live memories of the victims of deportations using audiovisual technologies;
  • to initiate the application of historical context in artistic activities.

The project took place in Vilnius and Vilnius region, because of the rich historical background (museums, archives, historical spaces of mass deportations and massacre, survivors, research centers), which enabled collection of documentary materials, indispensable for project implementation.

Working methods:

  • lectures about historical context of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia;
  • documentaries screenings;
  • meetings with the survivors of repressions and recording their testimonies;
  • visiting museums and historical places;
  • creative workshops for designing audio and video projects;
  • discussions and debates;
  • public introductions of artistic works.

More information at www.stationsofgrief.eu

„Deportation day: Live History Lesson“

Organizer: VšĮ „Vilko valia“

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (23924 EUR)

Project description: In winter of 2010 one of the most tragic periods of European history Stalin’s GULAG was reconstructed. The chosen year of 1953 is the year of Stalin’s death, when more than 2 500 000 people were kept in prison camps. 9 groups of 40-50 young people from different European countries became one-day prisoners in Stalin’s camp (400 participants from 19 EU countries).

The Deportation Day began with one-hour excursion in the Museum of Genocide Victims in Vilnius. After an excursion young people were driven by bus to Vilnius outskirts, later changed to Soviet truck, traditionally used for taking political prisoners and deportees to prisons. This 5.5 tone truck took the entire group to the fenced Soviet bunker territory.

Young Europeans, having entered the place of action, lost their identity and all their belongings. After a short trial followed by a verdict they were dressed in prisoner’s clothing with a number on their backs. In such a way from human beings they were transformed to numbers. They experienced interrogations, cultural education in Lenin’s corner, work in the forest under supervision of soldiers and watch dogs, and punishment cells for the disobedient ones, after work shabby canteen meal was served. The adventure ended with the announcement about Stalin’s death and amnesty, freedom. After 4 hours spent in a bunker territory, the participants had European dinner with a lot of discussions with the project actors about experienced impressions.

This unique project ended on 11 March 2010 with the international conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of Lithuanian independence restoration. Among the conference participants there were former political prisoners, who had experienced cruelty of Stalin’s gulag, as well as the young project participants, who spent one day in history and had a chance to experience the same feelings, which 60 years ago former political prisoners had, possibly their grandfathers and forefathers.

Printed discussions and testimonies materials and project DVD is available.

More information at www.deportationday.eu

„SHARE: Sense of our history activates responsibility of Europeans“

Organizer: The Studio of self-Awareness and self-Realization

Financed under Action 4 Active European Remembrance (16195 EUR)

Project description: The project “SHARE: Sense of our History Activates Responsibility of Europeans” has 3 main aims:

  • to commemorate and discuss European history experience in the context of European Union values;
  • to encourage intercultural and intergenerational dialogue;
  • to apply Playback Theatre (PT) method as innovative instrument in dealing with different communities in different contexts for the sake of mutual understanding and effective communication.

The main idea of this Project is the idea of sharing among generations, local Lithuanian community and other countries’ young people. The project participants’ past experience and future expectations, personal experience and common history, individual opinions and universal values encourage to recall European history, discuss cultural diversity and support tolerance as well as mutual understanding.

During the project events Playback theatre method has been applied, which enables the usage of verbal communication alongside with non-verbal artistic means of expression. The main project aims have been achieved through the involvement of different target groups: victims of Nazism, pupils, local and foreign students. The project events were organized in different towns: Vilnius capital city, historical town of Telšiai, where many Jewish people lived and their Ghetto was established. The project pursued comprehensible, active and respectful dialogue between different generations. The project should encourage personal and collective considerations on European identity and responsible attitude towards the future of European Union.

More information at www.dalinkimes.org

„International Playback Theatre Activity for EU Migration“

Organizer: The Studio of self-Awareness and self-Realization

Financed under Action 2 Measure 3 Support to projects initiated by civil society (19770 EUR)

Project description: The project “International Playback Theatre Activity for EU Migration” aims to promote the creation of closer Europe by involving EU citizens into project activities. The main project priorities: EU future, its values and intercultural dialogue.

The seminar took place in Great Britain, where the international Playback theatre group had been formed. The Group’s aim is to facilitate EU immigrants’ integration into society. Its members from Lithuania, Ireland and Great Britain made performances in the communities of local people and Lithuanian immigrants in Ireland and Great Britain. During performances project participants actively discussed the importance of EU values, understanding and accepting different cultures, common issues in educating European citizen’s identity. These aims have been achieved via application of Playback theatre method and artistic instruments of drama. International Playback theatre group shared its experience with colleagues from Hungary, as well as all European Playback theatre organizations (via a book, DVD and internet page), who will be able to use it for their local community’s migration issues. The project participants had a possibility to take part in intercultural dialogue, get closer and become more open with their community members. This experience will encourage the application of new artistic forms in discussing community’s problems and effective cooperation inside the community.

More information at www.yourstorymystory.lt

 


Projects financed in 2008

„Development of cultural tourism among twinning towns“

Organizer: Anykščiai region municipality

Financed under Action 1 Measure 1.1 Town Twinning citizens meetings (12727 EUR)

Anykščiai region Municipality in July 25-27, 2008 implemented the project “Development of the cultural tourism among twinning towns”. The experience and future perspectives of cultural tourism were shared with partners from Latvia – Madona region municipality. Project participants discussed common values: natural and cultural heritage, culture objects. The project aimed at encouraging intercultural cooperation, involving project participants into live activities.

Cultural tourism comprises not only heritage, estates and parks, castles, museums, but also other attractive objects and entertainment sites, artistic events and actions. This is the reason why the project dates were chosen purposely to fit Anykščiai town festival, so that the participants could experience live cultural tourism feelings. Project participants were representatives of Anykščiai region municipality and Madona region municipality from Latvia, culture groups, individual artists, media representatives. There was a theoretical part of the project (conference „Experience of cultural tourism and development“) and a practical one: creative laboratory – exposition „Cultural tourism footmarks“, exposition “Photography of the night”, dancing group performances (leader Daina Āboliņa) and a women song group “Vizija” (leader Iveta Upeniece) from Madona (Latvija), readings of “Anykščių šilelis” and other. The guests had a chance to get acquainted with  Anykščiai cultural heritage and new traditions. Delegation from Madona region participated in the opening of the exposition “From Monsignor Albert Talačka art collection” in St. Matas church, virtual exhibition of “Anykščių šilelis” illustrations, were listening to Anykščiai region poets’ love poetry, visited the folklore and national cuisine fair, were spectators of mid XIX c. reconstruction, ancient ceremony of raft banding, had a chance to examine floristic carpets. Direct and indirect participation in events nearby cultural and natural heritage objects and other non-traditional spaces induced discussions on Anykščiai and Madona cultural tourism potential, points of contact and differences, cultural tourism prospects in general.

„Know how for active society involvement in youth prevention: Intercultural context“

Organizer: Klaipėda region education center

Financed under Action 2 Measure 3 Support to projects initiated by civil society organizations (9145 EUR)

Project description: Klaipėda region education center in August-October 2008 implemented the project “Know how for active society involvement in youth prevention: Intercultural context”. Project partners: Borgholm municipality (Sweden) secondary school, Ylava (Poland) community “Przystan” and Lithuanian school from Riga.

In August 15 – 17 a conference was organized in Gargždai with the participation of education institutions, NGOs, police, local government representatives from Borgholm municipality (Sweden), Ylava region (Poland), Riga (Latvia) and Klaipėda region municipality. During the conference experience was shared on how to help a young person to resist psychotropic substances (alcohol, tobacco, drugs) and assist in case of problems, encourage their occupation, and in such a way make a positive influence to the harmonious development of young generation.

In September 23-26 in Borgholm municipality other project activities were organized, where representatives from Klaipėda region municipality, Education center, education institutions prevention coordinators took part. Project activities were coordinated by Borgholm community municipality leader L. Grahs and Borgholm Slottasskolan secondary school director K.Nordlund. They organized meetings with local government representatives and education institutions social workers, who assist schoolchildren with special needs, do prevention work, and are responsible for school integration into local community.

The experience and knowledge gained during the project will be applied in the implementation of Preventive program in Klaipėda region education institutions, which also foresees involvement of village communities and NGOs, as well as social assistance supply.

More information at www.klrsvietimocentras.lt

Getting Above „Being The Second Place“ – Networking Skills for Musical and Cultural Multipliers in East and West Europe

Organizer: VšĮ „MountainRock“

Partners: NGO „Kultur Aktiv“ (Germany), „Eastblok Music“ (Germany)

Financed under Action 2 Measure 3 Support to projects initiated by civil society organizations (20203 EUR)

Project description: The project „Getting Above „Being The Second Place“ – Networking Skills for Musical and Cultural Multipliers in East and West Europe” activities – an international seminar and creative workshops – were organized in Kaunas in October 3-5, 2008. The project sought to collect the European young people community, exchange musical and cultural experience, and to eliminate invisible, but still existing boundaries between Eastern and Western countries of EU. Such European values as freedom, democracy, human rights, tolerance, solidarity, fight against national intolerance and xenophobia have been discussed on a rock scene.

The project has been implemented with the participation of NGOs from Lithuania and Germany, it aimed at creating necessary conditions for the formation of intercultural exchanges network of Kaunas and other European regions. The program also included discussions on contemporary and historical rock music of different countries and cultures, as well as on the aspects of practical musical tours.

The seminar participants decided, that the idea of cooperation network should be developed further by collecting Northern, Eastern and Western Europe rock music organizations’ contacts and data, and compiling North Eastern Europe music organizations’ database.

Much attention has been attached to dissemination of project results and involvement of new network members from Eastern and Western Europe. As a result information on organizations has been published and an internet page created www.not2ndplace.eu.

More information at www.not2ndplace.eu

“Being Citizens in Europe”

Organizer: Adults and youth informal education unit at Radviliškis region municipality education and sport services center

Partners: JOVESOLIDES – University for people from Latin American countries (Spain); Skara municipality Yout council (Sweden); VT academy (Great Britain)

Financed under Action 2 Measure 3 Support to projects initiated by civil society organizations (10700 EUR)

Project description: Adults and youth informal education unit at Radviliškis region municipality education and sport services center has implemented the project „Being Citizens in Europe“. In May 7-10, 2009 a youth meeting took place in Lithuania with the participation of 32 Lithuanians and 18 foreigners. Project partners – young people – came from Spanish JOVESOLIDES university, Flagship academy from United Kingdom, Swedish Skara town and Radviliškis region schools and youth organizations.

The project participants discussed cooperation between European citizens issues, possibility to make long-term agreements between youth groups from partner countries. During the meeting European values and future common projects possibilities were also discussed. These projects would deal with fostering tolerance to other cultures, solidarity and elimination of xenophobia. Besides, European day was celebrated during the meeting, where Lithuanians prepared a quiz about Europe, and a commemoration of the millennium of Lithuania’s name mentioning organized.

The project gave a possibility to get acquainted with other cultures, their traditions, youth hobbies, civic activities as well as to improve foreign language skills. Young people prepared projects for future activities, foresaw another meeting in other partner countries.

More information at www.allcitizens.eu

„Art – Common Language of European Citizens“

Organizer: Trakai region municipality administration

Financed under Action 2 Measure 3: Support to projects initiated by civil society organizations (227722 EUR)

Project description: Art is a common, by everyone understandable language, which has no political, social or national linguistic barriers. This idea encouraged Trakai region municipality to initiate the project „Art – Common Language of European Citizens”. The main project aim – search for new forms of classical art introduction, in order to popularize classical art in society and encourage intercultural dialogue and cooperation. Project participants came from EU countries Poland, Lithuania, Germany and Sweden (100 persons), Turkey (4 persons), and Belarus and Ukraine (12 persons).

The project directly contributed to European Commission program „Europe for citizens“ aims: it collected citizens of different countries, nationalities, religions, traditions, genders, age and languages and let them act together.

The project events:

  • Organized discussion „Search for new forms of art introduction in order to popularize intercultural dialogue in Europe“. Besides, during excursion to Trakai castle both cultural heritage and new forms of art presentation to society in an untraditional context have been introduced.
  • Expanded cooperation network. Contacts were made with Swedish Treleborg town community, cooperation agreements between Trakai region municipality and Lyda town (Belarus), Trakai region municipality Aukštadvaris township and Gižyck township (Poland), Trakai region municipality Senieji Trakai township and Farinov township (Belarus) have been signed.
  • Encouraged multilingualism and national tolerance. English, Belarusian, Polish, Lithuanian, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian and German languages were spoken during events. Internet page has been created www.art-trakai.eu, issued DVD and publications in Lithuanian and English.

More information at www.art-trakai.eu

„Senior in focus“

Organizer: VšĮ „Savanorių centras“

Partners: SPES – Associazione Promozione e Solidarietà (Lazio, Italy), The Volunteer Centre North Lanarkshire (Scotland / United Kingdom)

Financed under Action 2 Measure 3 Support to projects initiated by civil society organizations (14241 EUR)

Project description: The project „Senior in focus“ aimed at sharing best practices of involving elderly people into volunteer activities, reaching the elderly in their usual environment, improving social skills, preventing  Parkinson illness. Two partner organizations have participated in the project, which have experience in work with elderly people: association SPES (Associazione Promozione e Solidarietà) from Italy and The Volunteer Centre North Lanarkshire from Great Britain. Besides, Lithuanian association of elderly people and Lithuanian association of municipalities were involved in the project. During the project exchange visits were organized in partner organizations. At the end of 2008 seminars were arranged in Vilnius, which aimed at collecting active elderly people from Lithuania, national and foreign experts, and representatives of local government organizations. The first seminar introduced problems of elderly people integration into volunteer work and on-going research on elderly people active participation. The second seminar gave floor for discussions and actions plan formation on advocacy of elderly people engagement into volunteering on local, regional and national levels.

More information at www.senior-focused.eu

„Citizenship Initiatives – Main instrument towards democratic society“

Organizer: Federation of Western Lithuania users

Financed under Action 2 Measure 3 Support to projects initiated by civil society organizations (19770 EUR)

Project description: Lithuanian school, young European society, informal education institutions, NGOs are exposed to the tasks of combining nationality, European and citizenship related values, and their education. In contemporary world coordinated actions of all the civic education elements are necessary: while searching for new civic education forms family, media and NGOs should be involved into the education process.

The Federation of Western Lithuania users’ project „Citizenship Initiatives – Main instrument towards democratic society“ aimed at discussing democracy and citizenship as the main components of sustainable development and encouraging citizens’ active participation in public life.

Project results:

  • trainings „Citizenship Initiatives – Main instrument towards democratic society“;
  • publication „Citizenship Initiatives – Main instrument towards democratic society“;
  • civic idea competition;
  • World users rights day events;
  • Europe day event;
  • Internet page for activities results and events.

More information at www.eu4citizens.org

 


Projects financed in 2007

„Active citizenship – it is culture of life“

Organizers: VšĮ „Europos namai“ (Lithuania)

Partners: Risk Analysis Foundation (Bulgaria)

Financed under Action 2 Measure 3 Support to projects initiated by civil society organizations (13425 EUR)

Project description: the project was implemented in Lithuania and Bulgaria, it aimed at looking for means and instruments, reinforcing the dialogue between citizens and decision making governmental institutions. Discussions in both countries were organized with the help of a new method, used in active citizenship education, – consensus conference. Project aimed at drawing society’s attention to the fact, that nowadays legal means are not enough to enforce citizens’ rights in local governing.

Lithuanian and Bulgarian NGOs, local community, public opinion makers, lawyers and businessmen participated in the Consensus conference. In both of the countries project management groups have been formed, which offered topics for discussions, recommended participants and experts. The result of four discussions and final conferences, held in Lithuania and Bulgaria, is that in both countries public declarations have been prepared according to the principle of consensus.

In May 2008 in Vilnius an international conference was organized, where its participants from Lithuania and Bulgaria introduced studies, analyzing both countries’ citizens possibilities to participate in decision making of local government, discussed project results.

More information at www.eurohouse.lt/consensusconference.eu

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