New defence lessons in Latvian schools could cost 8 million euros in 2026

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As Latvia considers introducing a mandatory national defence lessons in school curriculum, the costs of this novelty could reach 8.16 million euros by 2026, estimates by the Latvian Defence Ministry showed.

On Tuesday, June 11, the Latvian Defence Ministry stated in a press release that the national defence subject would be introduced in 61 schools on a voluntary basis from the September 2019.

The Cabinet of Ministers is yet to decide on the general introduction of the subject on a mandatory basis. If passed, the new subject would be introduced in 2024 in all schools in Latvia, but this would require annual additional spending in millions of euros that would reach 8,16 million euros in 2026.

«Introducing national defence lessons in schools of Latvia is the first step to work in a coordinated and comprehensive manner to build a responsible attitude to Latvia, its population and national security.

Our goal is to develop in pupils a variety of competences, improving critical thinking and patriotic upbringing, thus raising citizens, who feel their civic responsibility and are loyal to Latvia. This is of a vital importance in the context of a comprehensive national defence,» explained Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks (Development/For! party alliance).

Government approves report on national defence subject

On Tuesday, June 11, the Latvian government approved an informative report on the introduction of national defence lessons and the development of school-age Jaunsardze defence organisation (Youth Guard in English) by the year 2027.

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