Knowledge Economy Forum (KEF) is a professional NGO in Vilnius, Lithuania with more than 50 members representing research, innovation and education areas. Knowledge Economy Forum brings together politicians, representatives from universities, other NGOs, and high-tech industry members to act as a think-tank/debate platform for the country’s societal and economic progress in the areas of a knowledge society, innovation and education.
The main fields of KEF activities are education, technology assessment, improving public governance, entrepreneurship, and innovation. In education, KEF mainly works with the following topics: media literacy, STEAM, innovation in education, school improvement, teacher training and continuous professional development.
KEF has excellent regional cooperation with school authorities, Lithuanian School Headmaster Association, Lithuanian Pupil Union, and the most innovative teachers in Lithuania. Moreover, KEF has a strong relationship with universities – we’re now advising two out of three – Vilnius University, Vilnius Gediminas technical university, Kaunas University of Technology, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius University of Applied Sciences, and helping Lithuania’s Lithuanian Ministry of Education, Science and Sports reform teacher education.
An excellent track record on international and national projects ranging from education to technology assessment establishes us as reliable national government and international collaboration partners.
We are open to new innitiatives and collaborations.
Our work in education includes topics of media information literacy, STEAM, school management, innovative education, school improvement, modern teacher training and continuous professional development. Below are projects on education that we took part in:
The Most Innovative Lithuanian Teacher Awards, an initiative of KEF, aim to promote innovative methods, allow teachers to share their best practices and highlight the excellent teachers of Lithuania. Lithuania’s PM supports these awards.
As a long-time partner of DW Akademie, KEF promotes MIL in Lithuania by publishing newsletters, training teachers, organising relevant events and generating teaching material. One of those events, is the Baltic MIL Summit – an international conference on media and information literacy, networking and information exchange in the Baltic States. The conference takes place every two years in a different Baltic capital.
- MILbox (2022-2024)
The MILbox project aims to create a toolbox with a twofold purpose: digital education engagement (including pedagogical material for teachers, best practices, etc. and also basic content for data privacy, effective communication with students, etc.) and media and information literacy (including online, offline and mixed material tailored to specific age group and their needs, integration with other subject guidance, ready syllabi for lessons, etc.) parts.
D-TIPS (Design thinking in primary schools) aims to help teachers achieve that. D-TIPS hopes to make design thinking activities in your classroom easy and effective by designing tools and methods specifically for primary school teachers and providing training.
The InternACTional project focused on creating a cross-institutional, international, practice-based, interdisciplinary and student-centred interactive learning course with elements of virtual exchange for tackling sustainability challenges.
Innovation Race (2021-2022), as part of the InternACTional project, was an event that took place twice and focused on reinventing universities for a sustainable future.
- GaMEdia (2018)
This project entailed developing an educational game and support material for teachers on media and information literacy topics.
KEF’s activities included developing an e-learning platform to help consumers increase their energy consumption awareness and efficiency.
KEF acted as a coordinator of this project, the purpose of which is to implement STEAM education in schools systematically. Three intellectual outputs were developed: STEAM methodology, implementation guidelines, best practices and open educational resources. The STEAM methodology includes a framework for STEAM education, analysing modern technologies and emerging trends, and self-checking tools for implementation. STEAM implementation guidelines provide practical guidance for school-business-NGO partnerships and integrate different subjects.
- ”Improving the quality of education through innovation“
Implementation of the project ”Improving the quality of education through innovation“ and running a Lithuanian education innovation platform.