Actual developments in history teaching in Latvia. Tallinn, October 24, 2011 Dzintra Liepina, HTA of Latvia. Hierarchy of Regulatory Documents for teaching History in Republic of Latvia. Educational levels where history is being taught. Basic education (7-16 years old).
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Tallinn, October 24, 2011
Dzintra Liepina, HTA of Latvia
General Secondary education (17-19 years old)
Process of dividing the history course into separatesubjects „World history” and „History of Latvia”.
In the letter, Foreign Minister wrote that the issue of teaching history was extensively discussed at the session of the Board of the World Federation of Free Latvians (WFFL) and also during his meeting with the members of the WFFL Board.
Mr Pabriks writes, "I agree with the WFFL Board\'s opinion that is difficult to request our countrymen living abroad as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explain Latvia\'s history, when our own schools do not teach it thoroughly.”
Red colour- schools taking part in piloting, green- the other schools
History of Latviaas a separate subject doesn’t improve or worsen achievements of students. The results of piloting show that the separatedsubject teaching does not improve students\' knowledge and skills.
From 1 September 2011 in Latvian schools will have a new subject – “History of Latvia”, which will be taught from grade 6. This was announced today, April 27, after meeting with Prime Minister ValdisDombrovskis (“Unity”), told reporters the president of Latvia ValdisZatlers. “On September 1, Latvia’s history will be studied as a separate subject. This is what was waiting for society,” – said the president.
(April 27, 2011)
History of Latvia
World history: 35 lessons per year
First time after the regaining the independence history teaching has so significant financial support from the state- 150 000 LVL (213 431 EUR) for implementation of subject History of Latvia
Most of the money (125 000 LVL or 177859 EUR) goes for the purchase of textbooks for teaching history of Latvia