The new programme Future Leaders Academy has kicked off with great enthusiasm
21 gifted young people have started their journey in the Future Leaders Academy at SSE Riga, which will be run over five weekends this summer. The aim of the programme is to educate, inspire and develop the leadership potential of future Latvian political and community leaders.
In total 75 applications for the programme were received from all over Latvia. The participants of the Academy represent not only Riga, but also Ventspils, Rēzekne, Jelgava, Dundega, Ķekava, Sigulda and Cēsis.
The first week of the programme kicked off with team-building activities in the School’s yard. Later participants had the opportunity to visit the theatre Jaunais Rīgas Teātris, watch a performance of the political satire “Kārkli” and talk to the actors afterwards. The first week’s special guest was the former President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers. During the dinner with the former President, participants discussed climate change and energy issues.
During the second week of the programme participants had dinner with the Swedish Ambassador Henrik Landerholm at the Ambassador’s residence with the participation of Sweden’s former Minister for the Environment Lena Sommestad. Youngsters learned about the Swedish political system and concentrated on understanding political ideology and issues stemming from political corruption. Argumentation and debate workshops during the first two weekends were hosted by the debate society Quo Tu Domā?
The Future Leaders Academy is hosted by SSE Riga in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in Latvia.
Teambuilding at SSE Riga
With actors after the "Karkli" performance
With the former President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers
With the Swedish Ambassador Henrik Landerholm and Sweden’s former Minister for the Environment Lena Sommestad
Seminar at SSE Riga
Group work at SSE Riga