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• “Talk About Alcohol ”
• “Kalbėkimės”
COUNTRY Lithuania
TIMING 2015 > Ongoing
THEME
Underage drinking

CONTRIBUTOR

  • Pernod Ricard
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PARTNER(S)

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OBJECTIVE

  • To encourage students (11 – 18 year old students) to critically reflect and to take an active position on various issues relating to alcohol.
  • To reduce the number of young alcohol consumers, to promote abstinence as a valid option and to motivate responsible drinking.
  • To equip parents with information on the usage of alcohol by teenagers.
  • To explain legal restrictions. 
  • To help students better understand the harmful effects of alcohol.
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DESCRIPTION OF THE INITIATIVE

  • The educational tool was adapted from the Swedish "Prata om Alcohol" project and is supported by a dedicated website.  It was tailored to the cultural and legal aspects of the Lithuanian situation and was launched in April 2015. The program is composed of:
    • Classroom activities: Divided into four educational levels, they focus on aspects of social and life skills; resisting peer pressure and increasing awareness of responsible drinking. Activities can be used by schools, non-formal education professionals, youth workers and other professionals looking for effective ways to communicate with teenagers alcohol prevention topics. The material is suitable for use in its entirety or for the purpose of thematic discussions and exercises take students' different experiences and exposure to alcohol into account and can be chosen adapted to other relevant topics.
    • Family skills programme: How to involve parents in the school-based project; Information and advice to help parents discuss the issues with their children at home.
    • School policy programme (implementation strategy): Instructions on how to integrate and motivate the entire school; Instructions on how to prepare lessons; Instructions to support and create long-term engagement to change attitudes to alcohol; Follow-up offering advice on what to do after the exercises have been carried out.
 
  • To enhance the implementation of the programme free training seminars and workshops for proffessionals are also available. Training days are conducted by professional instructors together with local authorities. Participants receive training program completion certificates.
  • After the pilot, the program was developed according Lithuanian needs and standards in order to get accreditation from the ministry of education and science which was accorded in December 2016.
    Plans are underway to expand the training to non-formal education teachers at day care centres to use the program.
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IMPACT

  • A pilot with selected schools took place (April - December 2015). 539 teachers were reached.   
  • Seminars and Workshops for professionals: 
    • November 2015: 3 workshops were held attended by a total of 237 education specialists.
    • October 2015: 2 seminars and 7 workshops were held attended by 153 specialists.
    • September 2015: 7 seminars were held attended by 118 specialists.
    • August 2015: 1 seminar was held attended by 31 teachers, social workers, school psychologists and police working with students in local communities.
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