A picket of parents whose children attend Polish schools took place on Friday in front of the Department of National Minorities.
The participants protested against the plans of the Ministry of Education and Science concerning some changes of teaching Lithuanian in the first three grades of the Polish schools, as well as the progressive extension of Polish schools’ accreditation.
“We must be strong not only in spirit, but in body as well. Thank you all for your patriotic attitude. Let’s still be together. I hope that truth and our rationale will win. We don’t want anything apart from what is included in the legal acts, which both the government and ministries bring in,” Renata Cytacka – a former Deputy Minister of Energy, currently a councillor of the Vilnius-City local government and activist of the Parents’ Forum at Polish Schools in Lithuania – said during the picket.
The picket preceded a meeting on Polish education in Lithuania, which was held in the Department of National Minorities with the participation of the interested parties.
Tłumaczenie by Karolina Katarzyńska w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Karolina Katarzyńska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.