Levits: Diversity is a gift to be cultivated

On the occasion of the start of the new school year, Latvia's president Egils Levits visited three schools in Rīga and wished students to reap the joys of discovery on their academic path, the Chancery of the President of Latvia told the press. 

Levits visited the Rīga State Gymnasium No.2, as well as the Rīga Secondary School No. 88 and the Strazdumuiža boarding school for visually impaired children where he addressed the students. 

"The school years are a great era in life, one in which you can and must dedicate your time only to yourselves, to bettering yourselves. Enjoy the moments of the learning process when you suddenly discover that you understand something you did not before. It's the joy of discovery that always accompanies learning," he said at the Rīga State Gymnasium No.2.

At the Rīga Secondary School No. 88 the Latvian president tackled the question of diversity. "All of you are unique in your own originality and idiosyncrasy. Your diversity shapes the uniqueness of Latvia in the world. This uniqueness is very important, and may you cultivate it and uphold it in the future," the president said.

"We have a common state language and in this school you will also study in the official language for the most part. At the same time, the fact that each of you have your own culture and language alongside the state language and the shared Latvian cultural space is a boon for the entire Latvian state, not just you yourself. I think that the fact these goals can live side by side is the power of this school, which is one of the biggest in Rīga," he said.

Meanwhile at Strazdumuiža Levits said:

"I think that for you, the students studying here, willpower and determination are of utmost importance in order to achieve what you want. And, you know, it's definitely possible. It's possible to achieve what you want if you have willpower, determination and discipline. As I recall my own years of school, it was with discipline I had the most trouble, and this I want you to avoid. I hope that you'll be much more successful as concerns discipline than I was, so that you and especially those of you in the senior year would graduate with flying colors and continue what you've started and hoped for."

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