Today on 14 August 2020 Ms Dita Traidās, Director of the State Education Development Agency (VIAA), and Igors Prelatovs, Chairman of Daugavpils City Council, signed an agreement on the implementation of the Norwegian grant project in Daugavpils.
Daugavpils City Council plans to create an interactive environment and new possibilities for acquiring new skills and knowledge opportunities not only for pupils and students but also for education professionals to develop their competencies and knowledge in STEM science education. These plans and activities will create in close cooperation with project partners, Trondheim Science Center in Norway and Daugavpils University.
“It’s convincing that the development of the Daugavpils Innovation Center is a significant investment in the possibility to create a space in the city for exciting cognition and popularisation of various fields of science in the audience of children and youth. Daugavpils will make a significant contribution to the development of youth interests and science centres in Latvia, which is currently developing rapidly. It will become a modern and creative education space for the city and all residents of Latgale region, as well as city guests, ” emphasises VIAA director Dita Traidās.
Over the next three years, the Innovation Centre will create various interest education programs, activities and classes, thematic exhibitions, exchange visits and seminars, workshops, co-working space, as well as public and out-of-centre events for children and young people. The aim is to increase curiosity about entrepreneurship and career choices in STEM.
The project “Development of the Innovation Center in Daugavpils” will be implemented in the existing building of the Daugavpils Innovation Center, where renovation will take place and introduce modern and stylised equipment in the premises, as well as supplement it with technological and creative solutions. “I am pleased that very soon the building, which is significant for several generations of Daugavpils, will be renovated and will become the home of the renovated and expanded innovation centre upon revival. As a result, our children and young people will have a great place to develop their skills and abilities, learning about a very complex but significant area of business in an interesting and accessible way. This centre will broaden their horizons and open up new opportunities for choosing a profession. I admit with great confidence that one of those who will start the cognitive path in this centre will create interesting and necessary companies and projects in our city in the future,” says Igors Prelatovs, Chairman of Daugavpils City Council.
The project “Establishment of Innovation Center in Daugavpils” is financed EEA/N (European Economic Area and Norway) Grant Program “Research and Education”. Its total costs are 2,011,605.00 euros, of which 1,538,877.40 euros are Norwegian grant financing, 271,566.60 euros are co-financing from the Latvian state budget, and 201,161.00 euros are Daugavpils municipality money investments. Daugavpils City Council will implement the project in close cooperation between the partners involved in the project – Trondheim Science Center (Norway) and Daugavpils University, as well as other science and innovation centres in Latvia.
The EEA/N Grant Program “Research and Education” is managed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia, which is responsible for developing the concept of the program, more effective implementation of financial instruments and targeted support in priority areas. VIAA, in its turn, as a program implementer performs project evaluation, implementation monitoring and control.
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