Approved in 2018, the Cultural Passport programme is a state-funded initiative for schoolchildren aimed at improving their access to cultural and educational projects and events. It allows Lithuanian schoolchildren to enjoy free services of cultural and arts institutions and encourages them to participate in the cultural life. It is believed that the formation of schoolchildren's cultural consumption habits should be consistently and systematically based on the needs, knowledge and abilities to perceive the information that develop at a certain age. The programme allocates EUR 15 for each schoolchild every year. This amount is used to finance the cultural services provided through the programme. Younger schoolchildren attend chosen cultural events in group/with class. 9-12th grade pupils can choose to attend cultural events individually or in smaller groups.
Cultural services that are included in the Cultural Passport programme are selected by the Experts' Committee whose task is to make sure that the services comply with the objectives of the programme.
In 2018, 82 percent of primary school children participated in the cultural activities offered through the Cultural Passport programme. Cultural activities were attended 3710 times. In 2019, 90 percent of the country's schools joined the programme. Listed cultural services were attended more than 20 000 times.
At the moment, the Cultural Passport programme consists of 2053 cultural services that are provided by over 600 cultural organisations.
The budget of the programme is negotiated each year. A total of USD 9.4 million was allocated to implement the programme during the period of 2018-2020.
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Civil Society Organization (CSO)