Starting from April 29th till May 7th LATO team visits schools in the western region of Latvia – Kurzeme.
This is the fourth of altogether five regions of Latvia where NATO information campaign took place, visiting another 10 primary , secondary and secondary vocational schools.
As reported before during the campaign a short movie “Latvia in NATO – five years” shot by the State Agency of the Ministry of Defence of Latvia “Tēvijas sargs” is demonstrated (15 min) and experts from both civil and military institutions in two 20 min long lectures explain the political and military aspects of NATO as well as the development and everyday life of the National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia :
• April 29 – Dundagas secondary school and Vandzenes secondary school. Lectures – Mr. Mārtiņš Mūrnieks, director of “Wider Europe ” program, Soros Foundation – Latvia, and Mr. Toms Lepsis, representative of the NAF. Short presentation and exhibition by representatives of the Latvian Naval Forces.
• April 30 – Druvas secondary school and Kalnu secondary school. Lectures – Ms. Liga Berzina, LATO project manager and Mr. Toms Lepsis, representative of the NAF.
• May 5 – Ugāles secondary school and Laidzes vocational secondary school. Lectures – Ms. Liga Berzina, LATO project manager and Mr. Toms Lepsis, representative of the NAF. Short presentation by representatives of the Latvian Naval Forces.
• May 6 – Alsungas secondary school and Pāvilostas secondary school. Lectures – Mr. Pēteris Veits, representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and chief of the first civil mission of Latvia to Afghanistan. Short presentation and exhibition by the National Guard of Latvia.
During and after the presentations pupils and their teachers are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the quiz – most active ones receive practical presents, souvenirs from NATO, LATO, the Ministry of Defence of Latvia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia. Also many printed and audiovisual information materials about NATO, NAF, security and defence policy issues are presented to the school libraries.
Afterwards everybody is invited to have a look on the military equipment and some un-charged weapons thus illustrating the modernization of Latvian NAF.
Please find the pictures from the visits here