Online education conference
5-6 October, 2021
NordEd initiative aims to strengthen Nordic-Baltic co-operation in the field of education by facilitating fruitful debate between policy makers and the wider public on relevant educational topics, as well as by providing best practices from the Nordic-Baltic region.
The second NordEd conference in October invited experts from the Nordic and Baltic countries to discuss the situation of the psycho-emotional climate of children and young people in schools and non-formal education, and how to prevent bullying more effectively. The conference also focused on vocational training and lifelong learning, topics in which the Nordic countries have gained valuable expertise.
You can find NordEd conference recordings HERE
#NordEd - together for better education
All times are provided in Lithuanian time (GMT+3)
5th October (Tuesday)
Psychosocial school environment. Bullying prevention
13:00 – 13:30 Opening and welcome speeches
(moderator: dr. Robertas Povilaitis)
Aistė Kairienė, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Republic of Lithuania on education, science, innovation and non-governmental organizations
Anna Ekström, Minister of Education, Kingdom of Sweden
prof. dr. Renaldas Gudauskas, Director of the M.Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania
13: 30 – 14:15 Strengthening mental health among children and youth. Best practices from the Nordic region
Magnus Loftsson, Head of Research, Friends and Chair of Scientific Committee, World Anti-Bullying Forum
Mårten Petersson, The Child and School Student Representative, Swedish Schools Inspectorate
14:15 – 15:00 How to fight bullying in schools?
Arild Aune Berger, Senior adviser for The Norwegian Directorate for Education and training
15:00 – 15: 30 Active break with Friskis & Svettis and accompanied by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
15:30 – 16:15 Active leisure time and sports influence adolescent wellbeing
Inga Dora Sigfusdottir, Founder of Icelandic Centre for Social Research & Analysis, Scientific director of Planet Youth
16:15 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 17:30 Panel discussion: How can we improve children’s and youth’s psycho-emotional environment in schools and informal education?
Aistė Kairienė, Adviser to the Prime Minister on education, science, innovation and non-governmental organizations
Žydrė Arlauskaitė, Psychologist of Vilnius Žirmūnai secondary school, Member of Lithuanian Psychological Union
Gediminas Tvarijonas, Director of Help the Street Children,
Gustė Malinauskaitė, representative from Children’s Council
6th October (Wednesday)
9:00 – 9:15 Opening
(moderator: prof. dr. Saulė Mačiukaitė-Žvinienė)
09:15 – 09:45 Best vocational training models. Work-based learning and entrepreneurial approach
Esa Karvinen, Principal of the Finnish VET organization Riveria, Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Finland
9:45 – 10:15 Labor market needs, expectation on quality of vocational training
Karina Beg Poulsen, Confederation of Danish employers, Senior Adviser
Morten Smistrup, Education policy consultant, Danish Trade Union Confederation
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30 Panel discussion: VET in Lithuania
Agnė Kudarauskienė, Vice-minister of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
Giedrė Beleckienė, Government Strategic Analysis Center, Chief policy analyst, group leader
Ramūnas Bičiulaitis, Danske Bank Head of the Lithuanian branch
Paulius Baltokas, Adviser to the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Education, science and culture group
11:30 – 13:00 Break
13:00 – 13:15 Active break with Friskis & Svettis and accompanied by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
13:15 – 13:30 Introduction by the moderator prof. dr. Saulė Mačiukaitė-Žvinienė
13:30 – 14:00 Change calls for new competencies, and everyone’s competencies should count
Antra Carlsen, Nordic Network of Adult Learning
14:00 – 14:30 Best practices from the Nordic countries
Hanne Størset, The Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills
Anne Julie Bolstad, The Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills
14:30 – 15:00 How to strengthen motivation to become a lifelong learner?
Annakaisa Tikkinen, Lifelong Learning Specialist, Sitra
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 16:15 Panel discussion: Lifelong learning in Lithuania
Eglė Radišauskienė, Head of Lithuanian Business Confederation
Mindaugas Lingė, Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Chairman of the Social Affairs and Labor Committee
Marius Jovaiša, Author, businessman, publisher, educator
dr. Robertas Povilaitis
Lecturer at the Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University
prof. dr. Saulė Mačiukaitė-Žvinienė
Chairwoman of the Lithuanian Education Council
Minister of Education, Kingdom of Sweden
prof. dr. Renaldas Gudauskas
Director of the M.Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania
Adviser to the Prime Minister of Republic of Lithuania on education, science, innovation and non-governmental organizations
Arild Aune Berger
Senior adviser for The Norwegian Directorate for Education and training
Karina Beg Poulsen
Confederation of Danish employers, Senior Adviser
Head of Research, Friends and Chair of Scientific Committee, World Anti-Bullying Forum
The Child and School Student Representative, Swedish Schools Inspectorate
Inga Dora Sigfusdottir
Founder of Icelandic Centre for Social Research & Analysis, Scientific director of Planet Youth
Senior Adviser at Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills and representative in NVLs work concerning basic skills
Panel discussions participants
Psychologist of Vilnius Žirmūnai secondary school, Member of Lithuanian Psychological Union
Director of Help the Street Children
Representative from Children’s Council
Vice-minister of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
Government Strategic Analysis Center, Chief policy analyst, group leader
Danske Bank Head of the Lithuanian branch
Adviser to the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Education, science and culture group
Head of Lithuanian Business Confederation
Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Chairman of the Social Affairs and Labor Committee
Author, businessman, publisher, educator
Registered participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to speakers, receive reminders and broadcast links for an upcoming event, as well as receive an overview of the conference at the end of it. Pre-registered participants will receive an email reminder with a broadcast link.
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About the project
#NordEd – together for better education
The NordEd project aims to enhance Nordic-Baltic cooperation in the field of education by facilitating debate among policy makers and broader society on relevant education topics, providing best practices of education from the Nordic-Baltic region and supporting the development of innovative education initiatives in Lithuania and the Nordic countries. Additionally, the project aims to inform wider Lithuanian society about newest trends and solutions, best practices, truths, and presumable myths in Nordic education.
The NordEd project consists of two conferences, a strategic management seminar for policy makers in the field of education and a media campaign on good educational practices in the Nordic countries. The planned activities deepened the knowledge of the Nordic and Baltic countries on topics such as quality education, teacher training and motivation systems, lifelong learning, the psychosocial environment in schools, vocational training, and more.
3 – 6th of May 2021 first online – hybrid conference had a strong focus on the Nordic education model, teaching profession, and innovations in the education sector. This conference provided a place and time for discussions among academia, policymakers, education leaders, practitioners to exchange best practices, develop new networks and ideas for further cooperation.
Second NordEd conference happened on 5-6 October, 2021.
NordEd conferences are followed by the media campaign – a series of articles in Lithuanian media on success stories, truths and myths about Nordic education, best practices.
NordEd initiative is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers, implemented by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Lithuania together with the embassies of Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden in Lithuania and the Embassy of Iceland in Finland. More information about the project: NordEd – Šiaurės ministrų tarybos biuras Lietuvoje (norden.lt)