Speaker Mūrniece urges Job Shadow Day participants to build a strong Latvia  

On Wednesday, 15 February, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, greeted the “shadows” of MPs and staff of the Parliament, wishing the students to remain inquisitive, continuously improve themselves and strive for quality education. “Whatever career path you choose, I wish you a lot of strength, so that you can build a strong Latvia and shape it into an even more beautiful and secure state than it is now,” said Mūrniece. 

 

Mūrniece emphasised the necessity to join and share strengths, especially in the current difficult geopolitical situation, which requires unwavering faith in Latvia and its values. She underlined the importance of values, since they form the very foundation of any nation and help retain faith in the state even in the most difficult times.

The Job Shadow Day at the Saeima gathered almost 180 youths from around Latvia. Riga State Gymnasium No. 1 and Daugavpils Russian Lyceum were represented by as many as 6 students from each, followed by Ventspils 4th Secondary School and Talsi State Gymnasium with 5 students.

Officials from other institutions and journalists whose work involves visiting the Saeima were also accompanied by “shadows”.

The youth had an opportunity not only to learn about the daily work of the Parliament, but also to participate in the ceremonial events in honour of the 95th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, adopted on 15 February 1922.

The Saeima took part in the Job Shadow Day for the ninth consecutive year. It is one of the most popular institutions to be shadowed. Over the years, more than 2 000 schoolchildren from across Latvia have shadowed MPs and Parliament staff.

Job Shadow Day is a popular global initiative run by Junior Achievement in the framework of career education for children of all ages from 1st-12th grade. It gives schoolchildren the opportunity to experience different work environments and spend four to six hours following the everyday work of professionals they have chosen to shadow. The purpose of Job Shadow Day is to get children acquainted with the skills required in different professions and sectors, as well as to help them choose their future careers and prepare for the labour market.

 

Photos from Job Shadow Day in the Saeima: https://www.flickr.com/photos/saeima/albums/72157680270442126  

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