Episode 07: Lessons from Latvia

In this interview Emma speaks to Dace who lives and works in Riga, Latvia.

Dace was working as a scientist but couldn’t find her place - she loved science but hated working alone and in a laboratory and thought that she could use her outgoing personality and her love of working with young people as a teacher.

She describes the jobs of “seeing the sparkle in their eyes when they finally understand”, but also the challenges of conservative attitudes across the country.

The challenges facing Latvia are interesting and very relevant to a lot of other places around the world. Having been occupied by Russia until 1991, there are division within society that still exist today, and the scars of the experiences of older generations still manifest themselves in children’s behaviour.
There are also big differences between the schools in the countryside and those in Riga, and the government has to make decisions for their education system which support all of these different types of schools.

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