PPMI has recently completed a study on ‘The distance learning opportunities for Lithuanians living abroad’, commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. The aim of this study was to assess the distance learning services provided by Lithuanian educational institutions to Lithuanian children living abroad (up to and including 18-years-old) and to provide recommendations on legislation and further expansion of distance learning services. This study targeted primary and secondary education institutions that are currently providing distance learning services, Lithuanian schools abroad and parents with their children that have or still are using remote education services. We started with desk research of relevant academic sources and current legislation, complementing it with interviews with teachers, school administrative staff and parents. In addition, focus group discussions were organised with relevant stakeholder at the municipal and national level. This study provides insights on the general trends of children up to and including 18-year-old emigration and highlights the educational needs of Lithuanians living aboard. More specifically, we have:
- Evaluated whether distance learning services correspond with the needs of Lithuanian children;
- Analysed legislation regulating distance learning provision;
- Provided recommendations on legislation and further expansion of distance learning services.
The main recommendations provided in the study relate to:
- Increasing the visibility and availability of distance education services for Lithuanian children living abroad. This will be achieved by granting free access to prepared distance learning materials to educational institutions and strengthening teacher’s ICT competencies;
- Enhancing the quality of distance education services and ensuring that the services correspond with the needs of Lithuanian children abroad. Adjusting the administrative data collection process to carry out regular monitoring and periodical assessment of the quality of educational support provided and developing Lithuanian language programmes orientated towards the specific needs of pupils abroad will contribute to the successful implementation of this recommendation.
The final report is available here.