On 14 December Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Liliia Grynevych and Deputy Minister Pavlo Khobzey visited Latvia with the view of holding consultations on implementation of the provisions of the Law of Ukraine "On education" and exchanging experience of secondary education systems, inclusive education and professional training of teachers.
During the visit Ms. Grynevych and Mr Khobzey met with Minister of Education and Science of Latvia Kārlis Šadurskis, whom they briefed about reforms in Ukraine, in particular, about the education reform. The Ministers discussed their views on current developments and stressed the need to continue and strengthen cooperation within the Intergovernmental Agreement on Education, Science, Youth and Sports, which was signed earlier this year.
The Latvian Minister emphasized the need to provide the opportunities for learning the state language in order to avoid discrimination on the labor market. In her turn, the Ukrainian Minister underlined the importance of development of successful models for Ukrainian secondary education for national minorities for the implementation of the conclusions of the Venice Commission.
"We propose 30 different scholarships for Latvians, both for bachelors and masters, as well as for PhD studies, and strive to deepen our contacts within Horizon 2020 and enlarge cooperation in EARSMUS+", Liliia Grynevych told the journalists during the follow-up briefing.
The two ministers also visited the Riga Ukrainian Secondary School, where they both pledged the government support for the academics and students there.
Later the same day the Ukrainian Minsiter visited the Riga Technical University, where the Ukrainian guest was amazed by advance practice of supporting the young inventors.