The publication has been produced implementing the project ‘‘Quality Partnership for Development-EU Presidency project for the Lithuanian EU Presidency, 2013“ (no. DCINSA ED/2013/319-124). Today we live in a constantly changing world which is bound by the spirit of relations between people, countries and cultures and which presents various challenges and opportunities. Every day we have to solve numerous economic, social and environmental issues connecting us with other countries, their cultures and citizens and providing an opportunity for all of us to become part of a global society.
In order to accept the opportunities provided by the globalisation processes and cope with the emerging challenges it is necessary to create the conditions for people to acquire the knowledge on global realities, emerging global development problems and to relate them with their own life. It is also important to provide the opportunities for people to acquire the skills and enhance own values facilitating active global citizenship and responsibility. Global problems increasingly impact on the lives of everybody throughout the world, therefore we must realise that we are part of the world with the still prevailing poverty, social inequality, climate change and global warming problems. In the current society it is especially important to ensure that different forms of education enhance people‘s understanding about the above challenges and their impact on personal, communal, national and global development.
Global Education is directed toward formation and development of people‘s skills, knowledge and values facilitating understanding and response to the challenges of the 21st century. So far the concept of Global Education was not validated in any national documents. Today non-governmental organisations are actively discussing this issue with the academic society and with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs/and Education and Science representing the state in the above area. Besides, Lithuania has not developed a uniform Global Education strategy yet, but the dimension of Global Education is included in several specific national policy documents. In view of this, this article reviews the prerequisites for integration of global education set forth in the main legal acts defining Lithuania‘s sustainable development, development cooperation and education. This document provides a review of the Global Education concept, prerequisites for its implementation and description of the current situation in Lithuania. It also includes the proposals for a successful development of Global Education activities in our country.