ENABLE - Entrepreneurship for Socially Disadvantaged

On 29-30 of March the 2nd project ENABLE partners‘ meeting was held in Denmark. Partners from Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Finland and Lithuania participated.

Two days have been really productive: partner discussed administrative questions, learning platform – website, project dissemination and evaluation activities.

An important part of the meeting was the project partners‘ presentations of good practice examples of businesses run by senior citizens. Each partner selected 2 examples. Danish partners have also invited Johnny Hansen from company Menevo to present his activities. 

Partners also had time to discuss the upcoming meeting in Iceland where good practice examples of women business will be presented. 

We hope that those stories will inspire disadvantaged society groups to follow the examples and find their path in life. 

You may find good practice examples here:

Project ENABLE (Entrepreneurship for Socially Disadvantaged) has started!

We are glad to announce that NORDPLUS ADULT programme project ENABLE has started!
On 16-17 of August the 1st project partners’ meeting was held in Šiauliai (Lithuania) by the employees of VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROJEKTAI.
Partners from Step by Step (Iceland), AOF-East (Denmark), Seiklejate Vennaskond (Estonia) and Learning for integration ry (Finland) were welcomed by the Project Manager Gintarė Černikienė and Social Worker Monika Jonikytė. Another partner from Finland Anmiro are planning to come for a separate meeting with coordinators since they were not able to attend this meeting.
2 days were really productive – we got to know each other and our organisations better, got acquainted with the project, its budget, signed partnership agreement, shared responsibilities, determined further course of work and presented good practice examples of businesses run by disabled entrepreneurs.
Partners are eager to work on this project and learn from different target groups that will be covered in this project – disabled people, migrants, women, young people and senior citizens.

We have also discussed the next meeting in Denmark in March 2019.


4th project “App your School“ Partners’ Meeting

On the 8th-9th January, “App Your School” project partners participated in the 4th meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. During the meeting partners shared the first results of digital ateliers experimentation in schools, others presented their plans. We have also worked and planned our main project results – national toolkit and European manual for pedagogues, trainers to successfully include extracurricular ICT competences of students into the learning / teaching process.

Until now we have already performed many activities – collected good practice examples related to ICT development in each of 8 project countries, delivered national training for teachers, trainers, created initial versions of digital ateliers. VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROJEKTAI, Kaišiadorys Adult and Youth School and Šiauliai city and district schools will experiment 5 created digital ateliers. The aim of workshops is to use students’ knowledge about social media, smartphone apps and ability to apply different ICT tools in lessons. Our organisation will deliver digital ateliers on the following themes: recognition and expression of emotions, intergenerational learning and cooperation, problems of the disabled, team building in the class.

The experimentation is planned to last until May. The results will be presented in the meeting in Poland.


VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROEJKTAI is implementing a 3 years project „App your school“.

The training based on Bruno Munari and Alberto Manzi methodologies was organised in Bologna (Italy) on 17 – 22 of September. 

This was already a second learning event in Italy and this time partners presented one of their created digital ateliers (based on the principles of Munari and Manzi methodologies). 

Partners from 8 European countries (Italy, Turkey, Portugal, Finland, Czech Respublic, Greece, Poland and, of course, Lithuania) are aiming at trying out new methods and including technologies that children, teenagers are using on an everyday basis: smart phones, various apps, tablets as well as the latest tools: 3D technology, smart robots, virtual reality glasses, etc.. 

During the trainings participants presented their experience using modern technologies in education process. Also partners discussed the possibilities and difficulties related to the application of smart technologies in the schools of 8 European countries. 

Next project steps – to finalise 5 digital ateliers / workshops and try out them in schools, collect results and prepare national toolkit for teachers to use.



On 11th of May we have had another group of 24 participants to present them the methods of Bruno Munari and Alberto Manzi. The main theme of the training was work situations and improvement of communication. At first, using different icons we have tried out coding and decoding messages. Then exchanged messages within the group and tried to decode them.

Afterwards, we tried to decode messages from the given pictures.

Participants also created pictures of themselves using threads. Some depicted their portraits, others how they were feeling at that moment or even tried to show their life course:

Also we created original copies using a copy machine and created self-portraits. The final task was to create one important event in a person’s life using the technique of collage and a copy machine. Then all participants tried to make one common story depicting the whole life of a person.


2017 01 18 - First Learning Event in Italy (project AppYourSchool)

From October 2016 VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROJEKTAI and Kaišiadorių suaugusiųjų ir jaunimo mokykla participate in the project AppYourSchool. Five days (January 9-13) four participants spent in Bologna. More than 40 participants gathered from Italy, Turkey, Portugal, Czech Republic, Poland, Finland, Greece and, of course, Lithuania.

Project coordinators delivered to the participants two methodologies – Alberto Manzi and Bruno Munari – which might be used in the work with children, teenagers and other learners. 

Five working days were really interesting and we did a lot of work. Activities were motivating, practical. We drew on paper, made trees from paper and wire,  using programming software coded them on the screen of the computer. We also made art with a photocopier!

We will organise training for teachers in Lithuania in spring and share our knowledge, methods obtained from Italian partners. Follow us on facebook for further information - 


More information you may find on the project website 



On the 8th– 9thof October the employees of VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROJEKTAI Gintarė Černikienė and Edita Mintautytė participated in the last meeting of the project AUTO – AUtistic adults Training for new Opportunities – in Carrara (Italy).

On the first day of the meeting partners discussed the achieved results, the created HANDBOOK related to the integration of people with autism spectrum disorder into labour market and Best Practice Manual.

Partners were also satisfied with the results of the pilot training in each of the five participating countries. Although the results in each country were quite different but they were really positive. Some high functioning autists from Italy, United Kingdom and Austria had possibility to gain working skills. They worked in canteens, department stores, flower shops, etc. One participant from Italy obtained a permanent job in the field of graphics design.

On the second day of the meeting the final conference was held. More than 100 people gathered. Representatives from partner organisations delivered presentations on supporting autistic people on the job market, counselling, experiences of enterprises which hosted the job training of autistic people, etc.

The event was a real success and partners hope to continue their work together.



2015 06 30 - On 30th of June VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROJEKTAI organised a local dissemination workshop within the project AUTO –Autistic adults Training for new Opportunities. 

The aim of the workshop was to make stakeholders aware about the project AUTO aims and results in order to have their feedback and guarantee project sustainability. 20 participants have gathered from different organisations: specialists from day centres, social services centre, NGOs, mothers whose autistic children attend day centre. 

At first, social programmes coordinator Gintarė Černikienė presented the AUTO project. Also the handbook related to the integration of people with autism spectrum disorder into labour market which is one of the most important results of the project was presented. 

Later, the informal discussion about the present situation, challenges and difficulties of the autistic people in Lithuania and the necessary changes was carried out. Specialists from the day centre kindly shared their experience of working with autistic people, mothers having autistic children also pointed out the difficulties they face: the non-presence of short time services, the (un)professionalism of some specialists in education, health care system, the non-accessibility to ABA and TEACCH methodologies, the ways mothers can relax, etc.

Moreover, two techniques / exercises of relaxation have been introduced (one with rocks and sand, another – drawing technique) at the same time developing the discussion on the situation in Lithuania with autistic people. The feedback from participants regarding these techniques was really positive.

Each participant was given several copies of the brochure to bring to their organisation to spread the word about the project.

More information about the project

2014 07 24 - Project Talent4…Europe partners met for the second time in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
On 22nd – 23rd of July Life Long Learning programme Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovations project Talent4…Europe partners met for the second time in Birmingham, United Kingdom. In Birmingham they disseminated final conference “Where Does Talent Come From?”  
On 22nd of July Talent4…Europe partners discussed about project implementation. Partners’ main attention was allocated to the review of pilot training. Each organization’s target groups were different, therefore it was interesting to hear their experiences and share our experience with others. Talent4…Europe partners worked with different groups: students, young unemployed people, prisoners. VšĮ Edukaciniai projektai implemented training in Šiauliai Remand Prison. We hope that in future we would be able to work with Rideout training programme and implement it with other target groups. Another important question to the project partners and future plans to discuss how adapt training programme, use it and exploit it after the end of the project.
On 23rd of July was held international conference “Where Does Talent Come From?”. During the conference the presentations were delivered by different specialists from United Kingdom, Malta, United States and other countries, journalists, writers, psychologists, managers and others. Speakers shared their work experience how to help target groups to look for their talents. Others shared their stories how they searched for the talent and how they found it. 
So, what is talent? Where it come from? How to recognize talents? These and other questions were discussed during the conference, and still after the conference each participant can change the answer. How you would describe the concept of talent?
2014 07 11 - VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROJEKTAI participated in the Lifelong
learning programme multilateral project “Autism in Pink”.Participants were from UK, Spain and Portugal. Venta Social Care Home (Lithuania) also participated in the project. The main aim of the project was to help socially vulnerable group – women with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) to integrate into society, give them knowledge and a possibility to get experience in independent life and social communication in order to improve their quality of life.

During the project meetings were held in Lithuania, UK, Belgium and Portugal. Participants had an opportunity to meet other women with ASD, compare the situation in different countries and share their experiences and ideas.

Women with ASD also went to Brussels where they visited the European Parliament and various international organisations.

In May there was an international conference in Lisbon (Portugal). The research, results of a project and the possibility of continuing actions were presented and discussed there.

The main results of the project are: a book “Breaking the Silence”, as well as a learning module and materials for women with ASD and their parents, teachers and careers, and a documentary film “Autism in Pink” (

More information about the project and its results you may find in


28/06/2014 - Project Daphne  partners’ meeting in Riga 
25 – 27 June partners from 25 countries met in Riga (Latvia) for a last meeting of a Project Daphne3 – Impact of Relationship. During the meeting they shared their activities, completed tasks and introduced their social networks profiles. Participants discussed the last tasks, that need to be completed before the end of a Project, and shared some ideas about possible continuing activities. More information about a Project you may find in  and


18/05/2014 - On May 14 - 17th in Lisbon, Portugal, met LLP Grundtvig Learning Partnerships Multilateral Project „Autism in Pink“ participants from Lithuania, Great Britain, Spain and Portugal. 
Lithuanian participants were Venta social care home resident Svietlana Parfionova, head of social work department Daiva Pranauskienė and VšĮ Edukaciniai projektai social programs coordinator Laura Olišauskaitė.
The first day of the meeting was dedicated to a tour of Lisbon. We visited the Lisbon Oceanarium, the old district of Belém, St. Jeronimos Monastery. In the evening there was a premiere of "Autism in Pink" documentary film, which caused a lot of emotion, both between girls, who saw themselves in a film, and employees.
During the second day there was the final conference, which was attended by both the participants and invited guests. Welcoming speech were made by MEP, Committee on gender equality Vice - Chairman Dr . Edite Estrela, the Portugal National Rehabilitation Institute president Dr . Serôdio Madeira, the member of Portugal Parliament Margarida Almeida, British National Autism Association director and project coordinator Carol Povey et al. There were presented the results of the project, “Autism in Pink” film was displayed. Much attention has been given to presentations developed by women with autism spectrum disorders on various life aspects with autism, such as hygiene, personal relationships and so on. At the end of the project participants were awarded with diplomas and listened to concert prepared by people with disabilities.

08/05/2014 - On May 4-7, in Vienna (Austria) came partners of LLP, KA3 Multilateral Project “Money Master" from Lithuania, Austria, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. 
During the meeting participants discussed the project issues, quality analysis, also about the last meeting, which will be held in Turkey. Also they had a possibility to test the developed game beta version, to share comments, what else should be developed, ideas, suggestions. There was a very strong focus on the game distribution issues, and it was decided that it will be a free game across the European Union and Turkey, which would be easily get by the interested educational institutions or individuals.

30/04/2014 - 28-30 of April partners from Austria, Italy, Romania, UK and Lithuania came to Šiauliai for a second AUTO project (AUtistic adults Training Opportunities) meeting.
During the meeting Austrian partners presented research report about autistic adults situation across the Europe, in Turkey and USA. All partners presented their best practices reports about working with autistic adults. The main task for meeting was to prepare the timeline and content of the training course for autistic adults, to share responsibilities and plans for future tasks and meetings. In the next future most of the meetings will be held online. Partners will create an internet page where it will be possible to find usefull information about working with autistic adults (18+). During free time partners visited the Hill of Crosses, had a short sight-seeing in Šiauliai.

12/03/2014 - Final conference „Universal design – challenges or possibilities?“
The final conference of the project “My Social Responsibility” was held on the 12th of March in Liepaja (Latvia). During the conference the results of the project have been discussed. Also a discussion about universal design has been organised: the present situation and what should be changed, how universal design could be integrated into everyday life, the advantages and disadvantages of the universal design, the importance of universal design in providing social services. The representatives from Latvia and Lithuania shared information on the situation about the involvement of local municipalities in social projects. Also a lot of attention was paid to the companion-assistant and short-time stay services.


13/12/2013 - The film crew visited Venta social care home
On the 13th of December the representatives from VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROJEKTAI Simona Adanavičiūtė (Social programmes worker), Arlandas Makūnas (Social programmes coordinator) and the operator from UK Katie Hebden visited Ventos social care home.
During the visit Ventos social care home director together with other specialists presented services and events which are provided to the care home residents. Within the meeting Katie created a short video about the care home residents’ employment, individual experiences and achievements.
At the end of the meeting we visited the Hill of Crosses, we had the opportunity to admire Siauliai city’s architecture and the main parts of the city.  

09/12/2013 - “Talent4 … Europe” project’s coordinators visit in Siauliai

“Talent4… Europe” project has reached its pathway. What concerns product exploitation the first project years were very fruitful. The pilot product’s testing were held in Siauliai remand prison in October – November, there was tested the diagnostic system in order to asses learners individual abilities and career opportunities. The testing received only positive feedback. 

On the 5th of December VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROJEKTAI were visited by the project coordinator from Great Britain. The aim of the meeting was to figure out the basic product’s advantages, i.e. the advantages and disadvantages of individual abilities system. Also to discuss the future adaptation of diagnostic system on a national context. After the meeting project coordinator summarized it as very successful. He claimed that he is glad our close collaboration with Siauliai remand’s prison and about clear future project opportunities in Lithuania.