Lithuania has achieved steady expansion of participation in education, substantially widening access to early childhood education and care and tertiary education, coupling this with nearly universal participation in secondary education. However, if Lithuania’s education system is to help the nation respond effectively to economic opportunities and demographic challenges, improvements in the performance of its schools and its higher education institutions are needed. Improved performance requires that Lithuania clarify and raise expectations of performance, align resources in support of raised performance expectations, strengthen performance monitoring and the assurance of quality, and build institutional capacity to achieve high performance. This orientation to improvement should be carried across each sector of its education system.
This report assesses Lithuania’s policies and practices against best practice in education from across the OECD and other countries in the region. It analyses its education system’s major strengths and the challenges it faces, from early childhood education and care to tertiary education. It offers recommendations on how Lithuania can improve quality and equity to support strong, sustainable and inclusive growth. This report will be of interest in Lithuania and other countries looking to raise the quality, equity and efficiency of their education systems.
In 2016, preliminary data show that ODA reached USD 58 million (0.14% of GNI). In 2015, Lithuania’s net ODA amounted to USD 48 million, representing an increase of 26% in real terms over 2014. The ODA/GNI ratio rose from 0.10% to 0.12%.
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Employment in Lithuania, as a share of the population aged 15-74, has risen 5.3 percentage points above its pre-crisis value in 2007. This reflects both the continuous rise in the participation rate since 2007 and strong emigration among unemployed workers.
Lithuania has taken an important step on the road to OECD membership by completing the process to become a member of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. Lithuania will become the 42nd Party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention on 15 July 2017, 60 days after the deposit of its instrument of accession.
Lietuva žengė svarbų žingsnį kelyje link EBPO narystės – ji užbaigė procesą, kuris suteiks galimybę tapti EBPO Kovos su kyšininkavimu konvencijos nare. Lietuva taps 42-ąja EBPO Kovos su kyšininkavimu konvencijos nare 2017 m. liepos 15 d., praėjus 60-iai dienų nuo Lietuvos prisijungimo akto pateikimo.
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Country note from Going for Growth 2017 for Lithuania
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A two-page OECD summary and analysis of the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index results for Lithuania
The OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy offer a comprehensive assessment of the innovation system of individual OECD countries and partner economies, focusing on the role of government. They provide concrete recommendations on how to improve policies that affect innovation performance, including R&D policies. Each review identifies good practices from which other countries can learn.
In 2015 the Lithuanian government launched an ambitious Social Model reform agenda aimed at balancing flexibility of the labour market and security provided through the system of social protection.
Although Lithuania’s growth has been impressive, inequality is high, the risk of poverty is one of the highest of European countries, and life expectancy is comparatively low and strongly dependent on socio-economic background.