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. Since then, a new non-profit agency has been 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.
Lithuania’s second largest chain of supermarkets, IKI, is a generous sponsor of the programme.
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