President of Latvia Egils Levits met with students and staff of the European Summer Schools in Riga Castle August 7, thanking them for taking on an important role in preserving Latvian identity.
According to his press service. Levits noted that the camp brought together children from 15 countries around the world, and is one of the best ways for young people abroad to immerse themselves in Latvian identity, language and culture.
“The European Summer School in a forum that balances friendship and fun with elements of learning. It is a chance to develop links of friendship, acquiring knowledge and skills so that in the future this investment and experience can benefit Latvia,” Levits told students.
The European Summer Schools were held for the first time in 1979 in Munster, Germany, while Latvia was still under Soviet occupation, as a means of keeping Latvian culture alive among the diaspora. Now the scheme has switched so that members of the diaspora living overseas are able to experience Latvian culture in Latvia itself.