Ogre, Latvia – From 27 November to 1 December 2023, Olga Soloshenko, Head teacher of Ecological-economic Lyceum №65 (Kyrgyzstan), Muhibullo Zuvaidullozoda, Head teacher of International Presidential School (Tajikistan), Kamola Azimkhodjaeva, Head teacher of School №242 (Uzbekistan), and Kulpash Ibysheva, Deputy Head teacher of School-Lyceum №59 (Kazakhstan) took part in the SECCA project’s study tour “Promotion of Energy Efficiency – Latvian Experience”.

Within the European Union – Central Asia Sustainable Energy Days 2023, these four Schools representing the capital cities Astana, Bishkek, Dushanbe, Tashkent have been awarded as “The Most Energy Efficient School” and received an invitation to participate in the study tour.

As part of the study tour, the participants visited Ogre State Gymnasium – a new public school located in the town of Ogre in Latvia. The school opened this year and provides education for almost 700 students. It is one of the most modern schools in Latvia built with the support of the European Union. Much attention was paid to environmentally friendly solutions and energy efficiency in the construction. About 100 young people and educators from other schools were also involved in the building design process, who shared their vision of what a modern, future-oriented educational institution should look like.

The building of the Ogre State Gymnasium is one of the 12 nominees of the Latvian Architecture Year Award 2023. Furthermore, in the “The Most Valuable Baltic Buildings and Projects in 2023” Competition, the school won the 1st prize in the “Most Sustainable Project” nomination.

During the visit, Head teacher Inna Zeņkeviča warmly welcomed the guests from Central Asia and showed them around the school, and shared about sustainability practices implemented at the school.

The European Union – Central Asia Sustainable Energy Days campaign is organised by the European Union’s SECCA project. Its purpose is to enhance the awareness of all national stakeholder groups and the broader public in the region on the significance, benefits and accessibility of sustainable energy.

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