On February 27, 2012, after meeting with the board chairwoman and executive director of the Mission Possible project, Ingrīda Blūma and Kristīne Mūrmane, President Andris Bērziņš agreed to become patron of the project and to become involved in its most important events. “Education is the foundation of everything,” the President said. “We will have no future without education, and so we must do everything possible to ensure that our younger generations can obtain the best education and serve the interests of the Latvian state.”
Mission Possible is a project aimed at strengthening education as a value in Latvia, helping talented university graduates to become inspirational teachers and future leaders. Schools in Latvia put excessive emphasis on academic knowledge with unclear practical applications. Lifelong learning skills, creative thinking and ambition are not encouraged. For that reason, the project selects, trains and supports university grads with leadership skills and good academic achievements who are prepared to bring their energy and ambitions to bear in establishing a positive and progressive environment at schools, as well as in enhancing the level of interest and motivation among schoolchildren. It is specifically the practical application of knowledge and the link between knowledge and real life that is the strong side of Mission Possible teachers. They are full time teachers who teach classes in their subject area at schools throughout Latvia. In parallel to this work, they also spend two years studying pedagogic and leadership skills.
On June 13, 2012, Latvian President Andris Bērziņš attended the concluding event of the Mission Possible project, which brought together the project’s supporters, friends, participants and graduates.
Also in 2013 and 2014, the President of Latvia welcomed young teachers, principals of their schools and project supporters in his residence at the House of Blackheads. The President of Latvia stressed major contribution of the Mission Possible project in promoting quality of education and he invited the audience to think about the next steps in improving the education system together in his speech during the meeting on 20 November 2014.