The overall objective of the project was to create conditions in Ludza, Rokiškis and Jēkabpils libraries that would facilitate socio-economic activity of children from disadvantaged families thus contributing to improvement of living conditions in the border region of Latvia and Lithuania.
Three project partners’ libraries in Ludza Town (LV), Rokiškis Town (LT) and Jēkabpils City (LV) implemented a range of activities for local children and specialists (librarians and social workers), having an idea that raising the level of awareness can increase people’s socio-economic activity and it, its turn, will contribute to local people’s well-being.
The partners created conditions (they purchased modern equipment and organised new activities) where children from deprived communities can and will be able to receive practical and theoretical information about various spheres of life, spend leisure time and communicate with each other. The fact that during the project the number of visitors to the partners’ libraries increased is an evidence that that method is interesting for children. The partners believe that their work will increase children’s interest and in educational and social activities taking place in their municipality, thus creating the basis for children’s development, improving living conditions in the region in the future.
Involvement of children from disadvantaged families in Ludza, Rokiškis and Jēkabpils into various activities
The project partners’ libraries organised different types of activities for local children – 82 training sessions for a permanent group of children of each partner, which had been formed in the beginning of the project, 229 OPEN LESSONS for anyone interested and 15 video lessons organised for children in Ludza. The OPEN LESSONS became very popular – they exceeded partners’ expectations and proved efficiency of the chosen method. One of the assumptions of their success is that the partners’ municipalities lack such type of places and activities, where children can spend their free time, play and get new information simultaneously.
The training sessions also contributed to children’s social activity – while visiting local institutions, organisations, enterprises, the children got information about job, education and out-of-school possibilities in the region.
The two international camps organised during the project provided the children an opportunity to know more about the neighbouring country.
In total, the partners involved 1,308 children into the project activities.
Improvement of interaction between deprived communities and libraries in Ludza, Rokiškis and Jēkabpils
Owing to the project activities the partners’ libraries became very popular places of spending leisure time for children of the 3 deprived communities. The number of visitors to the libraries increased. Not only did children obtain new information about possibilities provided by the libraries, but also their parents learnt about the libraries’ services. The local society gained a better understanding of the libraries’ potential.
Improvement of cooperation between Latvian and Lithuanian librarians and social workers and their capacity building
The partners’ librarians and social workers took part in 5 joint activities – 3 seminars, the study trip to German libraries and the Final conference. All 3 seminars provided an opportunity to communicate, discuss and get new knowledge in the professional field.
At the Final conference, the partners’ librarians presented their achievements to their colleagues from other municipalities thus not only informing about the project success, but also about cooperation possibilities between libraries in Latvia and Lithuania.
In total, the partners involved 85 specialists into the experience exchange and capacity building activities of the project.