Rokiskis Adult and Youth Education Centre
European readerâ€™s club 2011-2013
Headmaster Vilija Alisauskiene
Reading is an exciting and fun activity, a huge spiritual and cultural resource for the world to know, understand ourselves feelings. Scratching of paper sheets make relaxed and move away from the daily routine and abandon into a different world.
Reading for me is a rewarding and enjoyable leisure.
NADIEZDA Reading for me is a nice skip of time, that expands horizons, provides knowledge, JOVITA Wi t h pleasant smile I remember fa-
helps to improve myself and provides a lot of pleasure.
vorite childhood books. Now reading to me is a delight and refreshment for the soul, cognitive and creative joy.
ALINA Readin g
opportunity to find out
The man during his/her life reads and learns a lot of things, and forgets a lot of things, but what remains is the true culture.
what life is and how we must live it. Only reading you can understand what you are in eternity: when time
changing, but the spiritual things are eternal - man always wanted to win, love, enjoy, suffer ..
LEDINA Reading is spiritual development. You can select the book close to your soul and survive together with characters, learn smart tips, find the beautiful winged phrases and spend your leisure time.
Reading is a productive use of free time, which is also an avalanche of memory.
Interesting And Fun Facts About Lithuania The Lithuanian language is one of the oldest and existing languages of the Indo-European category. The very first written depiction of Lithuania is in a medieval German manuscript known as the Annals of Quedlinburg, in a record, dated 9th March, 1009. Lithuania was the last European country to adopt Christianity. In 1387, the first recognized school in Lithuania was set up at Vilnius Cathedral. Vilnius University, founded in 1579, is amongst the oldest universities in Northern Europe and is also the largest university in Lithuania. On the other hand, Kaunas University of Technology is the leading technical university in the Baltic States and the second largest university in the country. The edicts of Lithuanian King Mindaugas and Letters of Gediminas form an important legacy of the Lithuanian Latin writings. The most popular sport in Lithuania is Basketball. Lithuanian Song and Dance Festival along with the Latvian and Estonian versions were emblazoned as UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2008.
Folk music of Lithuania comes from the Baltic music section which is linked with Neolithic corded ware culture. Undoubtedly, the folk music is very ancient and is mainly used for the ritual purposes, comprising basics of paganism and trust. Mikalojus Konstantinas ÄŒiurlionis, a composer and the legendary musician was the most prominent personality in Lithuaniaâ€™s art community. In 1795, Lithuania was captured by the Russian Empire and in 1918, got its independence but was again seized by the Soviet Union in 1940 and by Germany from 1941 to 1944. After Second World War it again came under the Soviet occupation. On March 11, 1990, Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to announce its independence and hence became an independent nation. Lithuania is at the first position in the world in terms of number of hot air balloons per citizen. Vilnius is one of the few European capital cities where a person can fly with hot air balloons. On 17th September 1991, Lithuania became a member of the United Nations (UN) and on 31st May, 2001, got the membership in the World Trade Organization. Besides this, it became a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on 29th March, 2004.
Lithuania is also a part of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and it got the opportunity of leading in 2011. In Lithuania, there is only one port, known as the Port of Klaipeda; Vilnius International Airport is the largest airport in Lithuania. There are 816 rivers and more than 2,800 lakes in Lithuania. Mother of Pope John II belonged to the Lithuanian ancestry. Lithuania is the only country in the world which has the national perfume that depicts about the cultural heritage of Lithuania. Lithuania is also known as the land of storks, which is the national bird of the country. Lithuania, till date, has kept the long lost European myth that birds bring babies. Little children still claim that they were brought by a stork.
Largest cities in Lithuania Kaunas (376.570 residents), Klaipeda (192,500 residents), Siauliai (133.530 residents), Panevezys (119,420 residents). Rokiskis (15 325 residents). Litas and Latas live in the lake near the museum
Traditional food The average Lithuanian, if asked about the national dishes, without blinking an eye would offer cepelinai (potato and meat dish), vedarai (intestines stuffed with potatoes) or potato pancakes. And even though the potato only reached Lithuania in the 17th century, from the 19th century on, potato dishes became the second daily bread. You can get potato dishes in almost every café. It’s a food that’s hard to digest, for traditionally it is garnished with sour cream and cracklings. Better not eat potato dishes before bedtime. One of the most popular dishes – cepelinai. This is an oval shaped grated potato dumpling filled with ground meat. It’s interesting that this dish got its name from the zeppelin or dirigible, which was manufactured by the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. The aircraft was named after the inventor, while the form resembled Lithuanian cepelinai. Also try the cold borscht. It’s a soup made from cold beets, cucumbers and greens, eaten with hot potatoes. Don’t think that Lithuanians eat only potatoes. Any given café or restaurant will offer you an abundance of meat, fish or pancake dishes. What other food can Lithuanians brad about? Why bread in all its glory. Almost every store will offer you not less than ten types of bread – with cumin, grain, nuts or even with fruit. You should also try natural yogurt and sweet cottage cheese.
The city was first mentioned in 1499 . At first it was Prince Kroszinski's The Rokiskis Regional Museum residence, later count Tyzenhaus build a beautiful neogothic church of St. Matthias and a manor, which is well preserved today and houses the Rokiskis Regional Museum. The town was planned in a classicist manner. The legend of the founding of Rokiskis tells about a hunter called Rokas who had been hunting for hares (Lit. "kiskis"). However, cities ending in "-kiskis" are quite popular in the region.
The main square in Rokiskis
Rokiskis district is known for its hard-working farmers and creative entrepreneurs. Thanks to them Rokiskis produce cheese and other dairy, meat and fish products, oils, spirits, wine, baking bread, cakes (we have as many as 7 bakeries!), designs and manufactures agricultural equipment, alternative energy, sew clothes, lawn ropes, and their products reach the far-flung parts of the world. Rokiskis district by industry turnover growth rates and per capita industrial production ahead of the county and national average rates. In 2010 in Rokiskis area were registered 26.2 per cent of the farms.
Cribs Museum in Rokiskis 11
In Rokiskis was founded incomplete secondary school in 1940. The old building of school till 2009
At the time, it studied 53 fifth-formers. From 18 December was opened others the fifth and sixth classes with 78 students. During the Second World War (1941 - 1943) school did not work. In 1944 at the 1 September the school was opened again like Rokiskis adult progymnasium, which after two years has grown into Rokiskis adult gymnasium. In 1948 - 1949 m. was released the first crop of graduates - 13 students. In the same year was changed the school name into Rokiskis Workers Junior High School. Name of the school has changed many times, but its purpose remains the same - to provide secondary education for youth employment.
Adult and Youth Education Centre PHILOSOPHY OF RAYEC: it is never too late to learn STRATEGIC PRIORITY: teaching and learning in cooperation MISSION: open to change and leading, efficient and modern working adult and youth education centre focused on Rokiskis district, European and Lithuanian education strategic implementation of the provisions, guaranteeing "second chance" for everybody, who wants to continue learning according to general education programs, the integration of formal and non-formal learning opportunities, serving the district needs of the community.
In 2009 the school moved in a new building
The last bell for 12th form students
Anniversary of 13 January
Presentation of certificates Studentsâ€™ chidren 14
Advent evening in scool
Teachersâ€™ day Christmas party
Action agains rubbish
Red cross action
Action “Food bank” 16
Painting on a silk is very popular non-formal courses.
Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on. This courses likes young and old people. 17
Our centre students not only study but at the same time they like making popular school events, which have old traditions.
Exhibition Seimas of Republic L i t h u a n “Declini manors Rokiškis”
In a free time sport is favourite among guys and men.
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National Language and Contitution Exam The national language and fundamentals of the Constitution exam must be taken in order to obtain Lithuanian citizenship or permanent residence permit in Lithuania. There are three categories of exams – “Midway”, “Threshold”, and “High”. Exam is composed of a test and an interview. The exam tests all four language skills – reading, writing, listening, and speaking. All parts of the exam take place on the same day. Tasks and other relevant exam material for candidates are published on the internet at a specified time, while listening texts are provided in a CD. If there are no technical possibilities, exam material is provided in envelopes.
National language and fundamentals of Constitution exam is not obligatory for persons that are 65 years of age or older, persons with group I or II disability and persons suffering from severe chronic mental illness. Exam is organised by Teacher Professional Development Centre. On their website you can find all information on the requirements of the exam, examination rules and timetable, publications that help you prepare for the exam, and practice tests. http://www.nec.lt/44/ Exams take place in Rokiskis adult centre and in schools of various towns. A list of schools in which Lithuanian language and Constitution exams take place. http://www.upc.smm.lt/svietimas/vkm/bazines.php
Exam in Adult and Youth Education Centre 21
European Readerâ€™s Club
The AIM of this project is to prepare the basis for the educational activities with migrants according to the method of European Readerâ€™s Club. Migrants, who learn about national characteristics of different countries and societies, learn also about their own cultural traits and become more aware of their national identity. On the basis of the creation of several Reader's Clubs a platform for cooperation with migrants who reside in EU and Turkey will be developed in addition to effective exchange of cultural experiences and best practices in the field of adult education. The activities led by the project will improve the reading rates among migrants resulting in their better integration into the receiving society. Project will satisfy the intellectual aspirations of the migrants, who permanently reside outside their native country.
Project goals ¨ Activate more the migrant communities in realms of education and labor orientation by improving the reading rates among them and by creating a beneficial learning environment; ¨ Provide materials (books, newspapers, journals etc) for the migrants, which are unavailable for them, because of educational and money constraints; ¨ Exchange of experiences (best practises and effective solutions) in dealing with adult education in EU and Turkey; ¨ Create a sustainable and effective platform for cooperation among organizations dealing with adult education and migrants;
Project goals Training in personal development and interpersonal skills; Opportunity to participate in courses, external trainings/ seminars organized for representatives of NGOs; Free access to literature and materials during the project; Catering at the time of the ERC meetings. Increase labor orientation of migrants (CV writing, job interview simulations and practical tips); Improve the migrants' knowledge of languages and ICT skills; Enhance the cultural awareness of migrants - respect for own traditions and understanding of cultural diversity as part of modernization and Europeanization processes; Change the cultural patterns of migrants to such behavior as tolerance, openness and cooperation and therefore better integration of them in to the hosting country; Actively engage adults as volunteers in the project activities.
Migration in Lithuania At the beginning of 2012 there were around 30,000 foreign residents in Lithuania, representing less than 1 per cent of the countryâ€™s population. This is one of the lowest numbers across the EU. Only Bulgaria, Poland and Slovakia have lower rates. Most foreigners in Lithuania are permanent residents. Many of them are of Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian origin who arrived during the Soviet Union times and remained in the country after the restoration of independence in 1990. There are also foreigners who reside in Lithuania temporarily. In 2011, 46 per cent of foreigners resided as family members, 39 as workers, and 13 per cent as students.
Works of fiction, popular science and other publications, print reading volumes and intensities are important factors for society's cultural and civic literacy . Reading is an important not only for separate individuals but for society evoliuation too, which must be purposeful developed accordint to a targeted complex means (education, mass media, cultural events, etc.).
In 2012, one of the most known imprint in Lithuania Alma Litera ordered the survey, which showed that in Lithuania 52 percent of adults and 35 percent of the children completely do not read books. One of the major decrease in paper book reading reason is the emergence of electronic books. On the other hand, some of the trends and expert opinion is the opposite - reading books on paper is not decreasing, but go forward together with information technology and innovation. Lithuanians for reading spend 6 minutes per day.
Number of libraries
Document Numeber of stocks (physical users units)
Loan of documents (physical units)
Number of visitors
The National Library of Lithuania
Lithuanian Library for the Blind
County public libraries
Public (central) libraries (PL)
PL urban branches
including Professional staff Sum total access to the internet 6
PL children's branches
PL rural branches
Libraries of museums
Libraries of other culture institutions
Libraries of research institutions (Order 9a+9b)
Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences
Libraries of governing institutions
Network of technical libraries. In total
MINISTRY OF CULTURE (order 2+3+4+5+7+8)
Municipal public libraries (order 5a+5b+5c+5d)
Including PL branches joint with school libraries
Libraries of research instituts Special libraries (Order 11+12+13+14)
Including: The Lithuanian Technical Library Technical libraries Network of libraries of medicine. In total Including: The Lithuanian Library of Medicine Libraries of health care institutions Network of agricultural libraries. In total Including: the Lithuanian Library of Agriculture Libraries of agricultural research instituts
In total in 2011 m. (Order 1+9+10)
Number of libraries, using computers
715604 21920598 11396295
745860 22513167 11559130
MINISTRY OF EDUCATIONS AND SCIENCE (order 9+17+20+21) Academic libraries (order 18+19)
University libraries (order 18a+19a)
College librararies (oder 18b+19b)
Libraries of progymnasiums
Libraries of gymnasiums
Libraries of secondary schools
Libraries of basic schools
Libraries of primary schools
Libraries of progymnasiums
Libraries of gymnasiums
Libraries of secondary schools
Libraries of basic schools
Libraries of primary schools
Libraries of children's tutelage homes
Sum total in the country (order 15+16)
Public academic libraries (order 18+19)
Non-public academic libraries (order 19a+19b)
Libraries of vocational schools Libraries of educational institutions (Order 22+25+26+27) Libraries of general education schools. In total (order 22a+22b+22c+22d+22e) Libraries of progymnasiums (order 23a+24a) Libraries of gymnasiums (order 23b+24b) Libraries of secondary schools (order 23c+24c) Libraries of basic schools (order 23d+24d) Libraries of primary schools (order 23d+24d) Municipal libraries of general education schools. In total (order 23a+23b+23c+23d+23e)
State libraries of general education schools. In total (order 24a+24b+24c+24d+24e)
Libraries of schools of informal children's education (music and arts) Libraries of the education centres for teachers
Rokiskis adult and youth education center has a library - reading room, which students and teachers use with big pleasure. 130 students are registered as library users. They often meet in reading room to prepare for lessons or spend free time. The fund of library consists of encyclopedias, dictionaries, fiction, software, methodology, adult and children literature, textbooks, subscription correspondence. This year, the library was involved in the project of cultural impulses in a high school, during which students and teachers had the opportunity to get acquainted with interesting artistic professions, to meet with representatives of the professions. Centre visited the composer F. R. Nobleman, translator V. Gerulaitienė, opera singer V. Prudnikovas, folk V. Tumėnas, artist V. Vitkienė, poet A. Marčėnas journalist D. Radzevičius. All of these exciting professions gladly shared their experiences, specifics.
Centre Library encourages students to get together and take the book in hands. Every year, young readers participate in the election of the Book of the Year. Students, they children and European Reader;s club members sometimes bring together and make reading evenings. Rokiskis adult and youth education center library supports warm relations not only with libraries in Rokiskis municipality, but also with libraries in a neighboring districts: changing the information, jointly organized seminars and field trips.
This year on 26 March was organized Rokiskis and Utena districts school librarians meeting - seminar “School librarians work experience dissemination and analysis”. The guests visited Rokiskis Juozas Tubelis progymnasium’s, Rokiskis Juozas Tumas - Vaižgantas gymnasium’s, Rokiskis adult and youth education centre's libraries. During the seminar was presented international Grundtvig Partnership project “European Reader’s Club”. Rokiskis adult and youth center projects coordinator Violeta Deksnienė introduced readers club. “I am glad it was captured a great project, during which we met with other countries, traditions, found new friends, had the opportunity to travel. We invited some migrants in our readers club, meet closer with them and was very surprised about them migration stories. Project is not only for migrants, but it involves our students and teachers too” said Violeta Deksniene.
Famous authors in Lithuania
Readerâ€˜s Club in Rokiskis When was received a grant to implement the project as soon as it was started the project dissemination. First of all, it tries to make that about the viable project all know training center community, teachers and students. The project was presented at the beginning of the school year and in the Rokiskis district council meeting: introduced briefly the project goals, objectives and the partners countries. Each step of the project were presented during the teachers' council meetings, the activities included in the monthly activity plans of the education center. After each visit it was organized gatherings and narrated about experiences, talked about the other country's people, culture, hospitality, entertained colleagues with delicacies and showed the pictures. In the education center there is a mount for publicizing the materials of the project, which is constantly updated. The articles and pictures related to project activities are posted not only into a education center website, but in municipalityâ€™s and national newspapers.
In centre was decided to open European Readers’ club in a free class. The project coordination group started to communicate with municipality’s members and invited some of them into club. It was not so easy to find migrants. People, who came to live in Rokiskis from other countries mostly live here about 15-20 years and they are not new about laws and responsibility to living in foreign country. The reading of books attracted some of people attention, so we invited them in our centre.
European Readers’ Club was opened in 27 April
Readerâ€˜s Club in Rokiskis We set up "Readers' Club, brought together a group of migrants with whom now are a close relationship. During the meetings teachers and migrants, all together, discuss about the problems of living in a foreign country, the importance of the native language the country in which you live. Readers Club members have read the books, wrote a summary of the books, wrote CV without of any the common forms, completed questionnaires about the ICT and other cultural understanding. Several readers wrote the migrants' stories of how they came to live in Lithuania, for how long and for what reasons. The club members stories were presented for students and some of them integrated into the Lithuanian language lesson. The material on trips to other countries have been integrated into the English, geography lessons.
1. Read three books: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry “The little Prince” Jonathan Swift “Gulliver’s travel” Paulo Coelho “The Alchemist”
2. Organise ICT, CV writing and English courses. 3. Enhance the cultural awareness of migrants
Our family moved to Lithuania in 1986 from Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek city. As there were no borders within the Soviet Union, both of my parents, as young professionals were directed to work in developing country - Lithuania. My father, Sergei Melnikov - plumber welder, was employed in the State Construction Company. My mother, Valentina Melnikova â€“ started working as a safety engineer at RokiĹĄkis car factory. And I, Aleksandras Melnikovas, at that time was 2 years old. Although both of my parents are Russians and Russian was the official language at the time, they found it difficult to adapt to cultural differences. As my parents came from Central Asia, they were used to a firm sense of community; therefore, they found it hard to adapt to the social environment: communities in Lithuania are relatively closed, people are more cautious, keep distance. Moreover, Rokiskis city could also be distinguished from other regions in terms of ethnic minorities: there lived less Russians, so there were quite a few acquaintances - some colleagues and a family that came together. Although the social and cultural differences were obvious, there were no problems with communication whatsoever â€“ everyone spoke one language - Russian.
Everything changed after 1991. After Lithuania regained its independence, my parents started to feel real immigrants â€“ everything, being so far in Russian had changed to Lithuanian language. Father continued to work for Construction Company, mother, lacking Lithuanian language skills, became unemployed. Thus, the period of real adaptation had started: my parents began to learn a foreign language. Father â€“ started to learn communicative language basics with co-workers, my mother began to attend Lithuanian language courses. And I, as a child, did not feel any linguistic differences. Communicating with children, I quickly learned Lithuanian language. At the moment we do not feel ourselves as immigrants - parents, if necessary, can communicate in Lithuanian. Our family has completely integrated into Rokiskis community. Parents have a lot of friends and acquaintances, so we can really call Lithuania our new homeland.
English learning, ICT and CV writing courses questionnaire Before you will start to learn English and participate in ICT courses, we would like to ask you some questions: Your name, surname 1. How would you rate your English? Absolute Beginner Lower Intermediate Lower Elementary
2. Do you come across in everyday environments with the use of the English language? Yes No Sometimes 3. Could you introduce yourself in English? Yes No If you marked â€žYesâ€œ, that write some sentences about yourself. 4. Write what foreign languages you speak
6. How often do you use computer? Never
Often 7. If you use a computer, what do you use it for mainly? Underline all the ones you do. Playing games
Sending / receiving emails
Going on Chat Rooms
Instant Messaging eg. MSN
Using the internet
Finding things out
Art – making pictures, designs, cards etc. Music
Power Point presentation 8. Do you need ICT courses? Yes
9. What do you want to learn during ICT courses?
11. Have you ever written CV? Yes
12. If you marked „Yes“, what kind of form do you use? Free form Form in an internet 13. Do you know anything about EUROPASS? Yes
Why Is Your CV So Important? Currently when employers advertise a job vacancy, they receive up to one hundred CVs or more depending on the position they are advertising. That means that when you are applying for a job, you are up against all of these other applicants, all vying for the same role. Employers will spend between 30 and 60 seconds ‘scanning’ your CV so within that time you need to grab their attention. Your CV has to stand out from the crowd, succinctly and clearly put forward your skills and abilities, and make a prospective employer hungry to meet you. In short… it has to represent you in your absence, it has to be an effective marketing tool which is going to sell a very important “product” – YOU!
An effective CV will cut through the opposition at that first crucial shortlisting stage and secure you that interview.
CV before CV writing and English courses I am Rasa Lukoševičienė. I was born in 1986.09.14. I live in Sriubiškių village Pandėlio municipality Rokiskis region. I am married, do not have any children, studying in class 8. I want to complete 10 classes, driver's license now I do not have, but I find. I like to work, not afraid of any work. I am friendly, hardworking, interacts, bad habits do not have. I do not have any profession, but for the first time while working quickly memorizes everything, very mindful of the outspoken comments. I work honestly, diligently and responsibly. With law enforcement did not have affairs. Rasa Lukoševičienė (signature)
Useful information about CV writing we can find here:
The French novelist and essayist Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), a pioneer commercial pilot, more than any other writer can be regarded as the poet of flight. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in Lyons on June 29, 1900; he attended Jesuit schools in France and Switzerland. He was a poor and unruly student but took great interest in the rapidly developing science of flight. In 1921 he began military service and learned to fly, later being commissioned as an air force officer. After 3 years in business, Saint-Exupéry became a commercial pilot in 1926, flying first from France to Morocco and West Africa. From his experiences he drew the novel that launched his literary career in 1929, Courrier Sud (Southern Mail). Here he portrays the pilot's solitary struggle against the elements and his sense of dedication to his vocation, stronger even than love. In 1929 Saint-Exupéry was transferred to Buenos Aires, and he married in 1931. The same year he published his second book, Vol de nuit (Night Flight). Again the theme is the pilot's devotion to duty, and although, as in Courrier Sud, it ends in his death, this is seen not as defeat but as victory, a step forward in man's conquest of his environment. For Saint-Exupéry there are higher values than human life, and the novel achieves an almost tragic intensity. 44
During the following years Saint-Exupéry pursued his flying career, despite several crashes, but published no more books until 1939, when he brought out Terre des hommes (Wind, Sand and Stars). Less a novel than a series of essays containing the pilot's meditations, poetic in tone, on the spiritual aspects of the adventure of flight, it brought Saint-Exupéry to the height of literary fame. In 1939 Saint-Exupéry rejoined the French air force and was decorated for bravery in 1940. After the French defeat, he went to the United States, where he wrote Pilote de guerre (Flight to Arras), published in 1942. This is the record of a reconnaissance mission in May 1940, during the German invasion of France, and the author's almost miraculous survival against enormous odds. In 1943 he rejoined his unit in North Africa, fighting with the Free French; although now overage, he insisted on undertaking reconnaissance missions. On July 31, 1944, his aircraft disappeared near Corsica, probably shot down by a German fighter; no trace was ever discovered. Other works of Saint-Exupéry include a children's story, Le Petit prince(1943; The Little Prince); a long philosophical work published posthumously, Citadelle (1948; The Wisdom of the Sands); and volumes of correspondence and notebook jottings.
In The Little Prince, Saint-Exupéry explains the importance of seeing the whole truth in order to find beauty. He believes that visible things are only shells that hint at the real worth hidden inside. He points out that man has not learned to look beneath the surface, or perhaps, has forgotten how to do so. Because adults never look inside, they will never know themselves or others. All his life, Saint-Exupéry thought that grown-ups cared mostly about inconsequential matters, such as golf and neckties. When they talked about important matters, they always became dull and boring. They seemed afraid to open up their hearts to the real issues of life; instead, they chose to function on a surface level. In the book, the fox teaches that one can see only what is important in life by looking with the heart. Because of this lesson, Saint-Exupéry leaves the desert as a different person. He has accepted the Little Prince's thought that “'the stars are beautiful because of a flower that cannot be seen.” In essence, the fox’s lesson is about how to love, a most important lesson for everybody to learn. The fox points out that it is the time that one “wastes” on someone or something that makes it important. 46
The fox also tells the readers that love can overcome existentialism: “One only knows the things that one tames.... Men buy things already made in the stores. But as there are no stores where friends can be bought, men nol onger have friends.” A human must earn a friendship, not buy it. Finally, Saint-Exupéry explains how all joy and pleasure must be earned, not given or received. As an example, he shows the joy that the Little Prince and the pilot feel when they taste the water from the well. Its sweetness comes from their journey under the stars and the work of the pilot’s arms making the pulley sing. In the end, the Little Prince again experiences a new joy. Leaving his “shell” behind, he has gone to the most beautiful place he can imagine -- his star, which is his love; he has returned to his own little heaven.
This work was written by one of European Reader‘s club member, Nadiežda Spiridonova, who read it in Lithuanian language, but wrote in notebook in English, because of she attends English courses in our centre. One of Adult centre student wrote it on computer.
The little Prince (Antoine de Saint Exupery)
This book is about person who didn’t learn nice art when he was six years. So, when this person became adult he learned drive a plane. But once when Antoine traveled through desert him plane broken and fall in desert island. Antoine met a little boy, about six years, strange appearance and he pleased what man art him a sheep. Day by day and a man with boy become friends. This little boy felling many stories about his travel, about planet where he lives and has three volcanoes, wonderful flower and baobabs, who can destroy a planet. Little Prince travelled a lot in to different planets where met king, in second planet met greedy, third – alcoholic, fourth – businessman, fifths - lamplighter, sixth – geographic. So seven planet was Earth, where little Prince had friend fox, met a snake, seen five thousand roses. After week when boy stop telling story he and man go search water. They found a well, drank and went to sleep. But man in the morning heard boy with something talking. When he came nearer seen only snake and nothing didn’t understand. In this night boy went, but man all heard. A snake and a boy were so choosing what man cannot anything to do. A snake dug in boy, when he said something about stars and went. Man repaired his plane and come back home, but was very sad for little prince.
Did you like the book? (Yes/NO and Why) Yes, I liked it. Did you find the book easy to read - were there any new and complicated words/phrases? It was easy to read, because I speak in Lithuania very well. Where did you get the book? This book I knew but when English teacher recommended to read it during our European Readerâ€™s club meeting I decided to read it again. What do you think was the main idea of the book? I think that the main idea is the difference in which children and adults view the world. What is your favorite character in the book and why? A little prince, of course. He is like adult and child together. Did this book make you think about your own experience/ feelings/emotions â€“ did you find any message? Yes, sometimes it could be in life like in this book, not the main actions, but messages. Would you suggest this book to your friends (why)? I will read it for my grandchildren.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Irish cleric, political pamphleteer, satirist was born on 30 November 1667 in Dublin, Ireland; the son of Protestant Anglo-Irish parents Abigail Erick [Herrick] (c16421710) and Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) an attorney at King's Inn, Dublin, who had died seven months before his son was born. Young Jonathan was a sickly child, and it is said he later developed Meniere's Disease, which affects the inner ear and causes dizziness, vertigo, nausea, and hearing loss. After his father died, Jonathan's mother was left without an income and she and his nurse did their best to provide care for him. But his mother was extremely poor so when his nurse travelled to England to see relatives she took Jonathan with her. His mother would eventually return to Leicester, England to live with relatives. Thus Jonathan spent some early years in England. He then went back to Ireland to live with his paternal uncle Godwin Swift Esq. (1627-1695), member of Gray's Inn and Attorney General at Tipperary. His uncle would support him and provide him with the best education possible, although it is said Jonathan was an unhappy young man and did not excel in his studies. Having never known his father and rarely seeing his mother probably contributed to the resentment he later expressed towards his relatives and authority figures. Swift wrote on many ecclesiastical matters including his "Three Sermons and Prayers" (1744); many more are contained in his Writings on Religion and the Church (1898) which includes "Against Abolishing Christianity" (first published in 1708). "The Bickerstaff-Partridge Papers" (1708) a satire of almanacs and astrology was "Written to prevent the people of England from being farther imposed on by vulgar almanack-makers. By Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq." 50
In 1713 Swift was appointed Dean of St Patrick's in Dublin. The same year he joined with, among others, Alexander Pope, to form the Scriblerus literary club. It was also around this time that he met Esther "Vanessa" Vanhomrigh (c1688-1723), who inspired his poem "Cadenus and Vanessa" (1713). Published under the pseudonym M.B. Drapier, Swift wrote his Drapier Letters (1724) in protest over bribery, corruption, deceit, and unfair treatment of the Irish on the part of the English government granting a patent to mint an inferior copper coin to William Wood. Swift's authorship of the seven Letters was never discovered during his lifetime but it caused much controversy, and that which he intended, much public awareness of the matter, for, as he writes in the fourth of his Letters, "A Letter to the Whole People of Ireland"; "by the Laws of God, of Nature, of Nations, and of your Country, you are, and ought to be, as free a people as your brethren in England," On 28 January 1728 Esther "Stella" Johnson died. Swift had rushed to her bedside and was overcome by grief. His health had started to decline, possibly from Alzheimer's or Meniere's disease and on 19 October 1745 Jonathan Swift died. He now rests beside his beloved Stella in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland.
Gulliver's Travels is an adventure story (in reality, a misadventure story) involving several voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship's surgeon, who, because of a series of mishaps en route to recognized ports, ends up, instead, on several unknown islands living with people and animals of unusual sizes, behaviors, and philosophies, but who, after each adventure, is somehow able to return to his home in England where he recovers from these unusual experiences and then sets out again on a new voyage.
According to this book was created a Christmas party for our studentsâ€™ children.
is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He has become one of the most widely read authors in the world today. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and France's Légion d'honneur. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” “Why do we have to listen to our hearts?" the boy asked. "Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.” “We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist 54
â€œIt was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it's easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it's in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one's dreams would have no meaning.â€?â€• Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
English courses for migrants In Rokiskis Adult and Youth Education centre municipalityâ€™s members can participate in foreign language courses: English, German and Russia. Readerâ€™s club members were invited in English course. They could study English for 40 hours. This course was for elementary users. Together with other participants migrants with big pleasure tried to learn English and now they can read, introduce themselves and a little communicate in foreign language. They were very satisfied for such possibility and now most of them think about next level studying or travelling in other countries.
ICT and CV writing courses for migrants Nowadays ICT technologies are not new for most people. Most of them use computer every day, communicate with friends, relatives using Skype, Facebook, email. But not all are able to use such Microsoft Officer programmes like Word, Excel or Power Point. So, we decided to give such course for group of migrants and give them some information about it. During ICT courses we showed how it is used CV writing form online and filled some CV examples.
In a globalized and constantly busy world, the 21stcentury man is far from willing to identify himself with a particular community and is less inclined to take interest in public policy issues. Since the first years of independent Lithuania, political scientists and sociologists keep talking about the weakening of civil society. The mediaâ€™s general dismay at election apathy, inability of non-governmental organizations to mobilize and represent the public interest prove by itself the downturn of civil society. However, the recent growth of social initiatives, the surge of volunteering in Lithuania cannot be unnoticed. This new tendency raises hopes of volunteering becoming a means to revitalize Lithuaniaâ€™s public life. In Lithuania, the level of popularity of volunteering has initiated rising in the last years: in 2007 only 11% of Lithuanians indicated that they were included into voluntary activities and in 2011 this number raised three times. Low inclusion of Lithuanians into voluntary activities was partially explained on the base of the postsoviet identity, though there are no empirical researches for the confirmation of these premises.
Mainly the non-governmental sector was independently occupied by the promotion of volunteering until 2011 - the Year of Voluntary Activities and since the second part of 2010 such promotion has become much more active within the environment of non-governmental organisations. Due to this, the promotion of volunteering and its visibility in Lithuania has increased â€“ together with NGO sector this idea was initiated to be intensively communicated by the media (e.g. the national broadcaster or the internet portal for news delfi.lt) as well as by some private companies (e.g., the greatest private supplier of integrated telecommunications, IT and television services in Lithuania). Very offen we just do not call some of activities like voluntary work. Some of people do it because of pleasure and do not think about volunteering.
In Rokiskis district live very famous and well known family J. And A. Tunaiciai. They established Ethnographic Museum in old homestead farm building. There are collected unique 19th and 20th centuries farmers household, tillage, Tunaiciai Ethnographic Museum carpentry, spinning, weaving, Guests and students like this museum because of and other exhibits. its uniqueness and warm, hospitality o w n e r. Tunaitisâ€™ parents was exiled in Siberia. Fortunately the grange was not destroyed.
Veronika is the oldest volunteer, who from all heard tries to pass knowledge about folk living habits in village. Veronika SiminonienÄ—â€” a folk artist. She creates weaving patterns, images, sceneries, coordinate colors. Weaver has had his articles exhibitions. Her loom is never empty. Everything she waves became like gifts gor visitors. Folk artist is happy that has many acquaintances, friends, relatives.
Our centre students like visiting this museum and folk artist Veronika. She is 91 years old but still very active, reads books and newspapers, watch TV and use computer. She with big pleasure explains about old professionâ€”weaver, narrates about old Lithuanian traditions and habits, reads poems, which has learned when was young.
Rokiškis adult and youth education center students together with the readers club members and project coordinator Violeta Deksnienė prepared a wonderful Christmas surprise for students’ children. The participants of the implemented Grundtvig project, funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme, decided to make handmade gifts and give them for during the Christmas event. It was nice to watch when the youth section students with project participants and teachers were bending, cuting, rolling up, counting candies and tied them to the great, the good and the heat filled gifts. One of the implementation of the project is to promote interest in the books and reading. Therefore, at the time when the work was going the project coordinator Violeta Deksnienė presented Džonathan Swift book "Gulliver's Travels", which is now read at the same time in all six European readers clubs set up in different countries: Turkey, Latvia, Italy, UK, Poland and Lithuania. Project participants Miglė Smagoriūtė and Aleksandras Menikovas shared them thoughts about the book, briefly told of its content. The idea was according to this book to organise a Christmas party. We were constructing a scenario, rehearsing, collecting songs, combineing costumes. At 27 December the main character of George Swift’s book Gulliver’s travels, who played a student Saulius Malca, came in our center, where has been gathered in a large group of student kids.
Lithuanian language teacher Alina Rudokiene played the role of Christmas Grandma. The teachers Violeta Deksnienė and Jovita Čeičienė incarnated in fairies, then into the little girls that really wanted to play with the children. Music teacher Jonas Ališauskas filled the event of fun, festive songs, performed by the students and teachers of the centre. Gulliver, the world-famous traveler had to find Christmas. He visited Russia, Youth Center, the country of tales, till finally found a wonderful Christmas and Santa Claus. Children’s clamor, echoing laughter, smiles filled the education center. It was done very small job, just spent one evening after work, but resault was so big and rich, that filled all of us nice feeling for a long time.
Discussion â€œReading cultureâ€? In Readers' Club was a discussion about the reading culture, the first book and possibility to choose the book. Students shared their experiences, telling each other what literature they read as children, and what now. Did you change the list of books to read and how much? How to choose books to read? Is it pleasure or obligation? During the discussion, we have decided that from time to time it is worth remembering classic books that have advisory power. Many people are increasingly reading various articles, news on the web. However, students mentioned that much more enjoyable is to take the book in hand, than to read the same in a computer. One of the biggest advantages of reading students named language development. Reading books enrich our dictionary, changing views on many things, thinking becomes deeper.
Some questions about Lithuania What is the capital of Lithuania? When did Lithuania gain actual independence from the Soviet Union? What is the main port in Lithuania? Who brings Easter eggs for Lithuanian children? How many different dishes should be served for the traditional Lithuanian Christmas Eve dinner?
Mobilities 25 - 29 October 2011, UK
27 February-3 March 2012, Turkey
4 â€“ 8 June 2012, Lithuania
27-30 August 2012, Latvia
18-22 March 2013, Italy
1-3 July 2013, Poland
Article about project in a local newspaper
Constelation of the project Constellation name: DIBTIL3 (in Lithuania: Didžioji Britanija, Turkija, Italija, Lenkija, Lietuva, Latvija) European reader’s club – effective ethic-cultural and socio-economic reception and integration of migrant communities into the receiving society Project number: LLP-GRU-MP-2011-LT-00090
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