On December 14 Valka Jānis Cimze Gymnasium arranged a conference for teachers „School- the first stepping-stone to success”. The teachers had a chance to listen to educational lectures and attend workshops on latest approaches in pedagogic, economics, they learned about the project activities, about the study platform on Moodle created during the project, how the platform can be used in the study process enabling students to study economics at their own pace, in accordance with their interests and abilities thus developing currently necessary entrepreneurial skills.
Educational platform on Moodle encourages students to study in the spirit of the 21st century using ICT tools, it conspicuously demonstrates how each partner country teaches entrepreneurial skills to their students.
The conference paid attention to the latest approaches and tendencies in education in Latvia and Europe. Inese Zlaugotne (leader of „Radošuma pils”, coach, economics and entrepreneurship teacher, career consultant) delivered a lecture on methods how to develop thinking and creativity.
Teachers participated in several workshops under the guidance of Inta Krieviņa and Guntra Gaidlazda (Valka Jānis Cimze Gymnasium), Aija Vanaga (entrepreneur, leader of international projects), Anda Sproģe (company Latvian forests school project coordinator), professor Lūcija Rutka (RISEBA university).
Also students had a chance to listen to the lectures by RISEBA lecturers Lūcija Rutka, Ieva Brence, Ieva Mačāne on career themes: way to success, what the employer expects from the employee, what career possibilities are offered during the study years. Renāte Ribaka discussed bioeconomics issues with students (representative of „Mammadaba”).
Besides the serious lectures and workshops, there was also a Christmas market held in the gym where the 19 student stalls offered delicious gingerbread, cupcakes, waffles, also candles, goat milk soap, silk scarves, body and face scrubs, lip balms, bijouterie, wooden things. Seven student study companies established this year got their first experience.
This year also sellers from the town took part in the market, for example, society „Kastanis”, basketball club. If one needed adrenaline, there was the climbing wall. There was music, ensemble and school choir, as well as the dance groups Vendīgs and Vainadziņš gave a performance.
The Advent time was time to listen, to contemplate, to analyze, to decide what can be changed, what can be improved.
The information was prepared by project coordinator Dace Langenfelde
and economics teacher Guntra Gaidlazda
On the 13th November members of the “Young businessmen” club from 10th to 12th grades were watching a webinar about “Presentation of the company and its goods and selling of them.” Lecturer Inga Jēkabsone also shared with her experience in the field.
The students who attended the webinar gained knowledge about :
- How to successfully sell the goods you’re producing?
- What skills you need in order to achieve success in selling your goods?
- What are the ways to sell produce?
- What to do in order to find out who is your customer group?
On the 4th December 2 teams from the club of “Young businessmen/Jaunie uzņēmēji” participated in an online game about business called TITAN. The game was played in a city called Limbaži. Our school was represented by the “Merry way” team which consisted of 10th grade students (J. Jančevskis, Markuss Beļakovs, H. Pružinskis, Marks Kristiāns Bomis). It was their first experience in trading their own production, investing in marketing, research and design and planning the virtual expenses and profits of a company. The second team “Halo Ent.” (Agnis Adienis, Dita Ikšele, Valērija Tabarova) with an already experienced member, Agnis Adienis, who has attended this event in previous years and they were just shy of the third place in the contest.
On First of December, a representative of Swedbank visited students of Grade 11 to give a practical lesson in economy “Ready for life”.
At the lesson of economics students learned about the types of loans, the conditions to receive a loan and they also felt how it is to be members of the lending committee. Students had to evaluate actual loan applications and make a decision to grant or refuse a loan, justify their decision.
In English lesson the subject was future job market, during the lesson students strengthened their English language skills, knowledge about skills and labor market, gained an insight on skills that will be needed in the future job market.
Valka Janis Cimze Gymnasium grade 12 students explored the local labour market and labour resources as a result:
1) students found out what a good employee means (presented in infographics),
2) students interviewed Valka entrepreneurs to discover what employers think about necessary skills and education a good employee must possess; they also learned what kind of employees are needed,
3) students explored statistics on unemployment and employment in Valka municipality,
4) students interviewed Mr. Krauklis (the mayor of Valka municipality) and drew conclusions on the developed fields of economics and companies as will as learned about the planned development of entrepreneurship in the municipality.
10 qualities of an ideal employee
During the project activities businessmen in five countries were questioned about the entrepreneurship environment. The questionnaire was worked out by the Turkish team, the partners discussed it, introduced some changes and during the video conference the final version was accepted.
In November, December (2016) 10 businessmen in Valka municipality participated in the poll: the total number of employees – 115, the companies exist from 0 – 25 years, they represent production and services.
The questionnaire consists of8 part with statements evaluated in 5 point system.(5- always 4- often 3-sometimes 2- rarely 1- never) Each part has conclusions which are reflected in info-graphics made by grade 11 students.
Woodworking and building companies which work for a longer period of time can be satisfied with the financial support. The entrepreneurs are satisfied witch funding available in public initiatives and sufficient debt funding.
Part 2 – Government policies.
Part 3 – Government programs.
Part 4 – Research and development transfer.
Part 5 – Commercial and professional infrastructure.
Part 6 – Access to physical infrastructure.
Part 7 – Market openness.
Part 8 – Cultural and social norms.
On May 19-20 Vidzeme businesspeople and craftsmen had their annual Vidzeme Entrepreneurship Days which marking their 20th anniversary gathered 250 participants.
On May 20, also Student Study companies joined their experienced colleagues, the young entrepreners were from Mazsalaca, Valmiera, Madona and Valka.
Valka Jānis Cimze Gymnasium was represented by company “Timberware” (Kristaps Āboliņš and Oļegs Ivanovs) selling wooden clocks in the shape of Latvia and “Lollipop Kitten” (Rēzija and Letīcija Ķīkule) selling bijoux.
All student companies were assessed by a jury, “Timberland” got the title “Evironmentally friendly company”, “Lollipop Kitten” got a prize from Swedbank.
On May 6, there was a bordermarket in Valka-Valga, 6 student companies participated. They were – “Relax” (Mārtiņš Ķaukulis, Elvis Šeļevskis) – they sold fragrant soap and bath bubbles, “Pērļu mirdzums” (Lāsma Bodniece, Marta Zunte ) – bijoux, “Mākslas garša” ( Niks Lācis) – candles, “Wendy” (Diāna Fjodorova) – bijoux, also the above mentioned “Timberware” and “Lollipop Kitten”.
Company “Relax” starts a new night track season, everybody (starting from grade7) is kindly invited. First chance May 26 – more information firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind – if you are not 18, bring your parents` permit to participate.
Prepared by teacher Guntra Gaidlazda
March 19, 2017 – it was the day when we started our journey. We took part in Erasmus+ project, where 3 teachers (Ingrīda Hedemarka, Gita Avote, and Dace Langenfelde) and 5 students (Zanda Esmeralda Markova, Rēzija Ķīkule, Signe Adiene, Agnis Adienis and Kristaps Āboliņš) said ‘’goodbye’’ to their homes – Valka, Latvia and went to Croatia for one week.
For 5 of us it was the first time in a plane. We went to Riga and flew to Vienna and then we flew to Croatia, Zagreba. From Zagreba we drove ~2 and a half hours to the city we needed to go – Slavonski Brod. Late in the evening, we were in Slavonski Brod and there we met our host families, but all the 3 teachers stayed in the hotel.
On Monday at 9:00 all students and teachers from Latvia, Romania, Turkey, Spain and Croatia met in front of the school. We were welcomed with Croatian traditional songs and dances. After a while, we were divided in some groups and then we went on a tour around the school. We saw the big school garden, where students grow plants, keep animals like horses and sheep that students use for learning how to take care of them, we also saw the new building, where they have high technology devices for micropropagation and we went into some classrooms, where we saw how the Croatians study.
After the tour of the school, we had lunch and then we also were divided into groups, and each group needed to go to some place in the city. For example, my group needed to go to the city church. There we had to ask local people 6 questions about that church and find out the answers.
At 20:00 all project participants went to ‘Radnički dom’ where we could watch a practice how a dance group performs their traditional dances. At first, it was funny and for all the Latvians it was strange, because we are used to much faster dancing and unlike them when we dance folk dances, we don’t sing. At the end of the practice, we could try it by ourselves.
On Tuesday we all went on a trip to Brodski Varoš where we heard the most famous love story in all Croatia about two storks – Malena and Klepetan. And we also saw Malena. She had an injured wing so she couldn’t fly anywhere. She has had this problem for 15 years and all this time Malena lives in one man’s barn and for 15 years he takes care of her. Every year Klepetan flies from the warm countries to Brodski Varoš to see his life consort. And they are together for 25 years…
Our next stop was the Atlantic Group company. It’s a company which produces 30 – 50 different chocolate protein bars. They sell them only in some countries, for example, in Latvia there aren’t those chocolate protein bars. The biggest market is in Germany. Germany is also the idea initiator. We had a chance to try and taste some of the chocolate protein bars. In this company they showed us all the process how they make protein bars. In one days shift they produce ~11,000 chocolate protein bars. This was one of the most interesting companies where we were in all the Croatia’s visit.
After the Atlantic Group company’s visit we went to Stara Kapela the Eco – ethno village. We found out some interesting facts about the Croatian house history and life when there was no Internet and technology. For me, it was one of the nicest places where we were, because there it was sunny and warm and everyone was just talking, sun bathing and enjoying the time, because there was no signal in that village for the mobile phones, so no one was using them. We also had a delicious lunch there and after the lunch, we climbed up a mountain from which we could see the beautiful view around us.
On Wednesday at 9:00 we all were in the school. Again we were divided into groups and every group had a chance to do something that the students of the school do every year. My group was planting lettuce and we also made bath salt. Other groups were making jewelry from wood, taking care of animals, planting plants and doing many other interesting things.
After those workshops each group was making a presentation about what they had done and later we showed it to other groups and also to the teachers.
At 13:00 we went to Geoplan d.o.o. company. It is a measuring company and some of the students from school also learn how to do it.
But after spending there one long hour, students went bowling. First, it looked fun, but when I tried it, I didn’t like it, because it’s really different from the one we have. The balls are smaller and there’s no place to put fingers. And the skittles were hanging on ropes and they used to roll up and the worker had to go and fix it. The system wasn’t good.
On Thursday at first we went to a TDA company. It’s a company which prints images on every kind of material and on any size object, starting from pens and finishing even with cars.
Next we visited ‘’Duro Dakovič Special Vehicles’’ company. They produce various military equipment and freight wagons.
After visiting those two companies, we all went back to school and then we needed to present our business plan. I think that all the Latvians did well.
In the evening we had a cosy farewell party.
On Friday we needed to wake up early, because our bus was leaving at 7a.m. All the Latvians were going back to Zagreb airport, but all the other project participants were going on a Zagreb city tour.
The way home was longer. After 24 hours we were home. At first we needed to wait a really long time in the airport until our flight, and also we flew first to Frankfurt, Germany where we needed to wait ~4 hours till our next flight home, to Latvia.
All the week was fun and we all got a lot of experience in this trip. We enjoyed the warm weather, because every day it was like +25. And we made new friends from other countries. It was a really nice journey that, I think, we won’t forget.
Signe Adiene, Valka Janis Cimze Gymnasium