Since 2000 SIH has been actively involved in and coordinated many international and local projects on language teaching, adult education, active citizenship, training senior learners and migrant integration into society.
The projects coordinated by SIH were awarded European Labels or diplomas as the best projects of the year, were nominated for Star projects and were selected among the best adult education and language teaching projects by the European Commission. They were presented during international Conferences and Fairs and included into different Compendiums of Best Practices. In 2012 the exclusive ‘European Language Label’ award was presented to SIH.
Creative Europe / Culture
The need to create and implement the project ePublisher was evoked by the nowadays situation in the field of poetry. In the modern society, it has lost its specific force and vigor that have contrived humanity throughout civilization. For a long time the publishers complaint that poetry doesn’t sell any more; editions and issues in the EU countries have been reduced. Paper-based poetry collections don’t appear on the best selling books lists nor do the poets receive as much attention from the society as the prosaists. Inevitably, this has led to a loss of opportunities for the presentation of poetry works and moreover, the new generation of European poets is rarely heard.
The ePublisher aims to contribute to audience development by promoting innovative ways of publishing poems of professional and amateur poets, helping them to reach new and enlarge audiences and improving access to poetry.
NORDPLUS / Adult
Seniors On-line is a two-year Baltic-Nordic project focused on ICT and English language learning for active aging.
The project aims to strengthen English language and ICT skills of the seniors from Nordic and Baltic countries in order to help them overcome the challenges arising from the fairs of cultivating these skills in practice, foster communication between different cultures as well as create a solid background for seniors to apply newly gained competences in their everyday lives after the end of the project.
The final product of the project – an e-Book http://book.seniorsonline.eu/ containing English language and ICT skills teaching methodology based on attractive animation and a short film, documenting seniors’ classroom experience in dialogue simulations of different life situations and will provide with samples of learning materials and methodologies used in teaching a foreign language to seniors.
Project "Seniors On-line" has been chosen as the winner of Boldic Award for 2016! It was selected by the Boldic Award Jury 2016 out of 14 nominations and presented at the SVERDs Autumn conference in Stockholm on Friday, the 14th of October. The Boldic Award aims to support innovative online learning projects in Nordic and Baltic countries.
LIFELONG LEARNING - TRANSVERSAL Programme KA2
The Network for Social and Market Inclusion through Language Education (SMILE) aims to gather partner organisations from the educational, labour and social sectors and explore in them opportunities for accommodation of LWUTLs for increasing competences and skills in order to boost competitiveness, enhance employability and reinforce social inclusion on European level.
European Fund Integration of Third Country Nationals annual work programme 2013
Šis projektas prisideda prie naujai atvykusių į Lietuvą skirtingos ekonominės padėties, socialinių sąlygų, kultūrų, religijų, kalbų ar etninės priklausomybės trečiųjų šalių piliečių integracijos proceso plėtros ir įgyvendinimo.
European Fund Integration of Third Country Nationals annual work programme 2012
European Fund Integration of Third Country Nationals
LLP Grundtvig multilateral project
Project aims to:
Life Long Learning Programme / KA-3 project
MyStory (MS) will address an increasing imbalance within the aging European population. Access to, and understanding of internet technology is becoming more polarized, with many older people not being able to take advantage of the many benefits it can offer. This leaves many seniors - who already have to cope with a higher threat of marginalization – even more isolated, struggling to find a dignified role in society and to cope with the inevitable change. On the other hand, provided that it is used in the right context, the growth of the internet and the emergence of modern networked societies have created new interaction and collaboration opportunities, irrespective of physical distance. Younger generations grow up in a society impacted by massive amounts of information and media. They become proficient in the use of the Internet and of ICT applications from an early age, a valuable aspect which the MyStory partnership will employ in order to bridge the "digital divide" between generations.
MyStory develops an ICT-based solution to: empower seniors to learn basic technical skills via intergenerational learning, to gain access to new learning opportunities and make contact with different social categories facing the risk of social exclusion. The common “language” through which this will be achieved is the seniors’ life stories, which will be collected by technically competent younger people who are well-versed in navigating the digital space.
MyStory partnership aims to do: develop a set of training tools in EN & partner languages which allow young people and elderly home staff to serve as "internet mentors" for seniors, transmit a series of basic ICT skills and bridge the digital and age divide via storytelling.
LLP Grundtvig Learning Partnership Project
The present day society is facing problems both on global and community level.Some part of the society has got an active sense of civic responsibility and act to make changes. But there are many people who are indifferent about the problems of the society or have no knowledge or courage to take steps to improve the situation.We should take stepsto mobilizecreative individuals to go out andthrough various art forms ,approach the communitiesin an effort to change their attitudes andencourage their desire to improve the life of their community.
The aim of the project is to reach active people in local communities who want, can and have what to say and are ready to take actions on issues they care about; andto inspire the members of local community to participate in public life.
LLP Grundtvig Multilateral project
In today’s global knowledge society and with ever increasing mobility, migrants face many challenges before they can settle and feel part of a new community. Two major challenges, which affect many new arrivals, are lack of language skills and lack of basic knowledge on financial matters.
The aim of the project is to work together with social partners such as migrant communities and financial institutes to create a Europe wide network of relevant institutes in order to reach migrants in partner countries to improve their integration into local society by providing them with opportunities to gain language skills on basic financial matters.
Nordplus Adult project
The project STILL ACTIVE aims to provide people from vulnerable groups , in particular elderly people from rural or disadvantaged areas, who had no opportunity to gain some basic language skills or hasn‘t been practicing for a long time , with a tool - English language, which will encourage and stimulate them to be a part of a busy and changing world , thus breaking personal, cultural and social barriers.
Lifelong Learning Programme, KA2 LANGUAGES, Multilateral Projects
"Mission Possible: Chinese for Europeans" promotes the benefits of language learning by raising awareness of and bringing the entirely distant Chinese language closer to Europeans.
The project goal is to smoothen those problems through developing a method and a respective language product for introducing an entirely unknown language to Europeans in easily accessible way. As a result of the project it is expected that the targeted beneficiaries will develop basic skills in Chinese and become aware of the Chinese culture and traditions. This would facilitate their everyday activities and enhance the intercultural communication and understanding.
Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project
TOOL TIPLS addresses directly one of the priorities set by the Copenhagen Declaration – to investigate how transparency, comparability, transferability and recognition of competences and/or qualifications, between different countries and at different levels, could be promoted by developing reference levels, common principles for certification, and common measures, including a credit transfer system for vocational education and training. Analysis of the current situation in all of the partner countries and research by project partners shows that professional foreign language competences are evaluated by different systems and criteria not only in each country, but also at institutional level according to their needs.
The aim of the project is to develop the tool to improve transparency of professional English language (as lingua franca) skills in the selected target sectors of the Hospitality industry. This will ensure future relevant levels of foreign language competences and their evaluation to people employed or seeking employment in this area.
Lifelong Learning Programme KA-2 project
The aim of the project "Light Me Up!" is to use the objectives of the LLP in order to promote the benefits of language learning among pupils, students and adults and accommodate 5 less widely used and taught European languages in the context of travelling abroad.
"Light Me Up!" focuses on Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Greek and Lithuanian and involves the target group in easily accessible language activities and products creating and upgrading basic language skills related to travelling abroad. The partners use the Tourism Fairs organised each year in all countries and carry out promotional language events in the target languages involving the target group in thematic language activities with native speakers. As a follow-up, the partners organise for groups of beneficiaries open language courses with teachers for each target language.
Socrates / LINGUA 1 Project
Developing skills of less widely used European languages (LWUEL) is vital for today's citizens of the European Union. They move around, travel, explore unfamiliar countries and places of interest, meet local people and interact in diverse social surroundings.
In this context it is vital to encourage and enforce European people of different nationalities and linguistic diversity to learn LWUEL. The foreign language learning process may undergo a few stages:
In accordance with the EU linguistic insight and strategy that every European should speak two more languages apart form his own native one, the project focuses on teaching foreign languages of minorities and the neighboring countries, English being as Lingua Franca.
At the “Multilingualism in Europe” conference held in Cyprus through the 26-28 of September 2012 in Limassol, organized by the European Commission, the “European Language Label” award was presented to Soros International House. The European Language Labelis awarded to the most innovative projects that support multilingualism and promote teaching and learning of languages nominated in their country with the European Label. Soros International House represented Lithuania with the project „Learning by Moving“. Aspecialist jury, chaired by Miguel Angel Martinez, Vice-President of the European Parliament, then selected the best five projects based on their European dimension and impact in terms of improving the language skills of the target group out of thirty. The „Learning by Moving" projectwas among 5 winning projects.
2008 m. lapkričio 24 d. vykusiame Suaugusiųjų švietimo savaitės atidarymo renginyje, kurį organizavo Švietimo ir mokslo ministerija bei Lietuvos suaugusiųjų švietimo asociacija, SIH koordinuojamas projektas "Mokykis kalbų kelyje" buvo pripažintas 2008 m. tarptautinio ugdymo projekto konkurso nugalėtoju.
2008 m. spalio mėnesį projektas "Mokykis kalbų kelyje" Švietimo mainų paramos fondo buvo pripažintas geriausiu 2008 metų kalbų projektu ir apdovanotas Europos pažymėjimu.