Zippy' Friends in Lithuania
• Schools and kindergartens this year 526
• Children this year 15,867
• Total children since launch 159,815
Zipio Draugai has been running in Lithuania since 2000, and has grown from a small pilot study in the capital, Vilnius, to become a national programme, with classes running in kindergartens in all ten counties.
It was introduced through the collaboration of two agencies – the Education Development Centre, attached to the Ministry of Education and Science, and Lithuania’s first NGO, the Youth Psychological Aid Centre. Thereafter, a new non-profit agency was set up to run the programme, Vaiko Labui (‘for the sake of the child’).
In 2010, Vaiko Labui celebrated 10 years of Zippy's Friends in Lithuania, holding an international conference in Vilnius and a wide variety of events in schools across the country.
This was followed by the celebration of the enrolment of 100,000 children in the programme.
Lithuania’s second largest chain of supermarkets, IKI, is a generous sponsor of the programme.
Our partner in Lithuania - Vaiko Labui
Coordinator: Aurelija Okunauskiené
Telephone: + 370 (5) 21 21 407