Latvia to improve infrastructure in general education institutions

An agreement regarding plans to modernize infrastructure in general education institutions in Kuldiga, Valka, Preili and Tukums have been signed by Education and Science Minister Kārlis Šadurskis. He said: «Soon infrastructure and study materials of general education institutions will be fitting for the education environment of the 21st century.»

The minister adds: «Until now we’ve worked hard with municipalities, discussing and looking for the best solutions for infrastructure development together. By signing agreements today we are putting planned projects into practice.»

He says «serious investments will be provided to schools so that they are able to attract motivated and creative teachers interested in shaping future generations, not just filling a checklist for Cabinet of Ministers requirements.»

Education and Science Ministry reports that in accordance with the programme’s established strategic criteria, a modern, ergonomic and hygiene requirement-compliant education environment will be formed for general education institutions. In addition, this education environment will benefit from modern ICT technologies and new natural science and mathematics rooms.

It is also planned to modernize existing sports infrastructure and improve sports fields (Kuldiga Central Secondary School; Preili 1st Primary School, Tukums 2nd Secondary School) and two sports halls (Kuldiga 2nd Secondary School and J. Eglītis Preili State Gymnasium).

To improve the quality of education institutions’ staff hotels, it is planned to perform modernization of J.Cimze Gymnasium’s hotel in Valka. Investments will be provided to Preili County’s municipality to improve the function of regional methodical centre in J. Eglītis Preili State Gymnasium.

European Regional Development Fund’s investments for Kuldiga, Valka, Preili and Tukums reach EUR 22 million. This funding is intended to finance modernization of 11 education institutions, the ministry explains.

The ministry also adds that the project for the improvement of the learning environment in schools was launched in 2017. Its goal is developing education infrastructure in general education institutions to assist with gradual introduction of competence-based approach in education. Funding will be allocated for the creation of an ergonomic learning environment, introduction of ICT solutions, further modernization of sports infrastructure and development of regional methodic centres.

The total available funding for the programme’s realization is EUR 168.1 million, consisting of EUR 142.9 million from the European Regional Development Fund and EUR 25.2 million from the state and municipal budgets.

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