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School- the first stepping-stone to success

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