Lithuania - Marijampoles Rygiskiu Jono gimnazija

MarijampolėRygiškių Jonas Gymnasium is a secondary school in Marijampolė, Lithuania. It isnamed after Rygiškių Jonas, one of the pen names of linguist Jonas Jablonskis who was one of the gymnasium's alumni. Established in 1867, the gymnasium was a significant cultural center of Suvalkija and educated many prominent figures of the Lithuanian National Revival. Since 2010, it is a four-year school. During World War I, the gymnasium was evacuated to Yaroslavl until 1918. The gymnasium was reestablished in independent Lithuania and was known as one of the best schools in the country. In 1920, it was named after one of the pen names of Jonas Jablonskis. Its director KazysJokantas became the Minister of Education (1925–1926) and teacher VincasVilkaitis became the rector of Lithuanian Agricultural Academy (1934–1940). During the times of the Lithuanian SSR, the gymnasium was reorganized into an ordinary twelve-year secondary school. The gymnasium regained its historical name in 1996. A school museum was established in 1967, on the 100thanniversary of the gymnasium. In 2011, it had about 7,000 exhibits. In 2002, Memorial Museum of VincasMykolaitis-Putinas was moved to the gymnasium. In 2018 there were 103 employees in the gymnasium, 67 of them were pedagogical staff. The majority of teachers are highly qualified. There are 770 students learning in the gymnasium, about 28 in each class. The gymnasium is fully equipped with personal computers, smart boards, tablet PC and a sports hall, canteen, library, two museums. There is a park and a stadium around the main building. The gymnasium is known for its multipurpose school events, students are able to elect their representatives in the Gymnasium Council and Students Council. The gymnasium has a long term relationship with two Finnish schools from Kokkola. This relationship has lasted for 25 years. Every two years 20 students come from Finland to Marijampole, spend a week at the gymnasium, with host families having various activities with Lithuanian students. The next year the same students go to Kokkola schools and spend a week there. Usually 6 teachers lead the students. This relationship is beautiful as students love learning the new culture, the differences between educational systems. The finances is granted from school authorities. Since the school already has a relationship with Scandinavian country, it would also like to promote Lithuanian culture to countries with a bigger cultural diversity. It would also be a great experience to become a partner for a European Union project. The people responsible for running the project will be the same who have taken part in arranging, organizing events with the partners from Finland as they are experienced, skilled, has good command of English.


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