28-11-2023

Lithuanian 8th graders more concerned about environmental, social and political issues, compared to peers in other countries

Lithuanian 8th graders have the same level of citizenship as their peers in Europe, and our pupils are the most proud of Lithuania's membership of the EU (95% of 8th graders). This has been revealed by the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS).

Lithuania scored 509 points (the average for the countries participating in the survey was 508 points). Lithuania's results do not differ from those of 8th graders from Spain, the Netherlands, France, Slovenia and Slovakia. Taiwan, Sweden, Poland, Estonia, Croatia, Norway and Italy performed statistically significantly better than Lithuania.

The study analysed pupils' knowledge and attitudes towards civic participation.

The study revealed that 78% of Lithuanian pupils consider democracy to be the best form of government in their country.

Lithuanian pupils (85%), along with Norwegians (88%) and Swedes (86%), have the highest level of trust in scientists among all the ICCS 2022 countries. 74% of 8th graders trust the courts, 56% of them trust the traditional media and 52% of them trust the Seimas (Parliament). More Lithuanian 8th graders, 68%, trust the National Government, compared to the average in the countries surveyed.

In Lithuania, 81% of pupils claim that they have learnt how to protect the environment at school and at least two thirds of them are planning to take part in the activities that support environmental protection in the future. More than three-quarters of pupils believe that both national governments and individual citizens should take care of and assume responsibility for environmental protection.

45% of Lithuanian 8th graders are eager to volunteer and help their local community. 8th graders in Lithuania are also actively involved in pupil government elections, class representatives election and engaged in the development of school rules and regulations.

Lithuanian 8th graders more often discuss political and social issues with their parents and friends.

The study also revealed that in Lithuania, like in all the other countries, girls are more civic-minded than boys. The score of girls is 35 points higher, compared to boys.

The most civic-minded 8th graders are those whose parents have a high professional status and university education, and who have more books at home. Pupils from cities scored higher results than pupils from rural areas.

The ICCS is conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) is the only international study dedicated to pupils' civic and citizenship education, and pupils' civic attitudes.