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Valdis Zatlers

Valdis Zatlers

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Patronages

The Big Cleanup

 

In early 2008, President Zatlers became patron of the Big Cleanup, calling on all residents of Latvia to help in cleaning up the country in honour of the 90th anniversary of Latvia’s independence.

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The “Garden of Destiny” project of the Koknese Fund

No national monument has been erected in Latvia in commemoration of the losses which were suffered by the people of Latvia during the 20th century. The Garden of Destiny is a national and pan-European project which is being organised with the support of the Latvian people on the Koknese Island in the middle of the Daugava River. The project was launched on Latvia’s 90th anniversary and is to be completed in a decade’s time – in time for the country’s centenary. The idea is to establish a cultural and historical place of commemoration of those Latvians who were lost because of the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century.

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Forest Days

Forest Days are a tradition which began during the first period of Latvian independence. Each year, from March until May, employees of the National Forest Service join with local governments, schools and other partners in organising various events for forest owners, local residents and students. Forest Days are a period when trees are planted, historical and other locations are cleaned up, and there are educational seminars for forest owners, along with lectures, competitions, exhibitions, “Bird Days,” and field trips for students. In recent years, Forest Days have attracted increasing popularity, and forest workers organise events which are happily attended by forest owners, local residents, local government officials and students.

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The “Mission Possible” project

In 2007, President Zatlers became patron of the “Mission Possible” educational project, which is a national initiative related to corporate social responsibility in Latvia. The aim is to strengthen education as a value in Latvia, helping talented university graduates to become teachers who assist in shaping a progressive environment in schools, increasing the prestige of the profession of educators, and increasing the motivation of students to learn and to become publicly active residents of Latvia.

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The Young Guard

Latvian President Valdis Zatlers has always seen as one of his priorities the patriotism of young people and the need to help them to find appropriate ways of spending their free time. He is an active supporter of the Young Guard, which is Latvia’s largest youth organisation and operates under the wing of the Latvian Home Guard. The Young Guard is organised and managed by the Latvian Defence Ministry. Its aim is to educate young people about national defence, patriotism, civic consciousness, partnership, courage, physical abilities and discipline. The Young Guard is also meant to ensure that young people are interested in military service, thus expanding the abilities of the Latvian Armed Forces to find motivated and professional personnel.

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The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

On June 10, 2009, President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers welcomed representatives of the central organisation of Latvian Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to the Rīga Castle. During the meeting, he agreed to become honorary president and patron of the organisation. Before being approved for the position, the President had to demonstrate that he could tie a flat knot – something which every Boy Scout and Girl Scout must know how to do.

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The 10th Student Song and Dance Festival

The 10th Student Song and Dance Festival will be held in Rīga from July 2-11, 2010.  Thousands of students and teachers from general, special, interest-based and professional education institutions are preparing carefully for auditions to select the best singers, dancers and musicians.  Those who get the nod will meet in Rīga for performances of song, dance and music, as well as for a colourful festival parade down the streets of the capital city.

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The “Green Spoon” mark of quality

This brand name was created in 2001 so as to allow people to choose those farm products which are grown and manufactured in Latvia, to improve the sale of such products, and to promote the popularity of Latvian products at home and abroad. The “Green Spoon” was designed by Ingūna Gulbe, and its owner is the public organisation “Marketing Council.” Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga became patroness of the project in 2004, and when she was replaced by Valdis Zatlers, he took over the patronage.

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