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Lithuanian IDEA member wins Ministry of Education award

The Debate Centre, an IDEA member organisation from Lithuania, won the Most Innovative Project award of the Ministry of Education and Science's Program 2015 for its 'Integrating Debate Methodology into the Formal Education System' project that ran between 2010 and 2012,

The project aimed to introduce debate as a teaching tool in Lithuanian schools and to provide research and extracurricular opportunities to students. The Centre delivered workshops to teachers to familiarise themselves with debate as a method, while 60 public debates and two conferences supported the project.

In total, 2574 classes and 1670 students were taught English, Lithuanian, Russian, history, civics and ethics through the use of debate in the Lithuanian school system, while hundreds more participated in extracurricular offerings related to the project.

The winning projects, all of which are financed by EU Structural Funds administered by the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science, were selected by the Program 2015 website's visitors. Over 7000 users participated in the vote.

For more information on the Debate Centre you can contact Virginija Paksiene.

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