Polish education in Lithuania

Polish education in Lithuania

2015 year was a jubilee year for the Paluknys Secondary School (Trakai district). The 100th anniversary of the school was celebrated.

J. Obrembskio Gymnasium in Maišiagala was announced one of the best four Polish schools in Lithuania during the 21st edition of the 'Best school - best teacher' contest organized by the Association of Polish Schools Teachers in Lithuania 'Macierz Szkolna' (Polish Educational Society) this year.

War, deportations, difficult and dark times of postwar Sovietization and Lithuanization, mass migrations of indigenous people to the Polish Motherland and further to the West - all this deprived the Vilnius Region of intelligence, while the level of education of local Poles declined considerably in comparison to other nationalities living in Lithuania.

Every year before the Day of All the Saints, students of the Polish basic school in Mostiškės (Vilnius district) go to the nearby village Kirtimai to clean the grave of publicist, publisher, historian and founder of Adam Mickiewicz Museum in Vilnius - Jan Konrad Obst(1876-1954).

Edgar Krivelis from K. Parčevskio Gymansium in Nemenčinė and Julija Gunevič from Vilnius Šv. Jono Pauliaus II Gymnasium are going to represent Lithuania on declamation contest 'Kresy 2015' in Białystok this December.

Polish Sunday school 'Šypsena' ('Smile') has been functioning in Turmantas (Zarasai district) since mid 90s. School's first teacher of the Polish language was Janina Goršanova who used to come from the nearby Daugavpils town in Latvia. During its best times, the school was attended by almost 40 people.

'Sudervė rejuvenates. Young families return on the lands of their fathers and grandfathers, build new homes here, so there was a lack of a Polish kindergarten in the village,' said the principal of M. Zdziechovskio Basic School in Sudervė, Teresa Mlynska, who recently became also the head of the newly established nursery-kindergarten.

We had an interesting conversation with Jan Dzilbo, the first Vice Minister in Lithuania from the Electoral Action of Poles, long-time head of education department of the Vilnius district municipality. We talked about the threats of Polish education more than a dozen years ago and today, about the superiority of learning in the state language and about possible scenarios of development of Polish education in Lithuania.

We had a nice conversation with the former Vice Minister of Education and Science, current Councilor of the Vilnius city Edita Tamošiūnaitė, who told us about the problems and successes of Polish schools in Lithuania.

This is the third part of the publication 'Fighting Polish school'

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