Schoolchildren throughout Lithuania were looking smart and bearing the traditional gift of flowers for their teachers on 1 September, the first day of school. In Canada, the US, Thailand, and other nations, a slightly older group of Lithuanian students have returned from a summer at Vilnius University studying the language of their grandparents.
The State Commission for the Lithuanian Language has agreed to allow original spelling of non-Lithuanian names for foreigners who become naturalized Lithuanian citizens and for the Lithuanian nationals who adopt the last name of their foreign spouse after marriage.
Eight thousand names that are in breach of the standard language norms have been registered in Lithuania, so such forms of the person's name could be transferred to a person's identity documents, presume the representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR).
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis promised that the Lithuanian government would provide greater support for ethnic Lithuanians living in Poland and other neighboring countries as he visited Punsk, a town in northeastern Poland, on Tuesday.
Members of the Lithuanian national minority living in Poland expect to voice their concerns to Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis over the education situation, such as a lack of Lithuanian-language textbooks in local schools and proposals that may restrict Lithuanian history and geography classes and support from Lithuania.
Some members of the ruling political group of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union and the Social Democratic Party on Tuesday proposed establishing the institute of the Lithuanian passport as an alternative to emigrants who do not have Lithuanian citizenship.