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TEENS WITHOUT SCREENS partners’ meeting in Finland

Partners of the international NORDPLUS project “Teens Without Screens” held annual meeting in Lahti and Helsinki (FInland). Partners are from Latvia, Lithuania and Finland. Latvian Christian Academy is coordinating institution of the project. Latvian Christian Academy was represented by the Chairman of the LChrA Senate Mr. Ervīns Butkēvičs.

Latvian Christian Academy among the seven best universities in Latvia!

Latvian Christian Academy was chosen among the best Universities on global scale! Thease are GREAT news for our students, teachers and International Supporting Comittee. “U-Multirank” is a multidimensional, user-driven approach to international ranking of higher education institutions. It compares the performances of higher education institutions – in short: universities – in the five dimensions of university activity: (1) teaching and learning, (2) research, (3) knowledge transfer, (4) international orientation and (5) regional engagement. The “U-Multirank” web tool enables comparisons at the level of the university as a whole and at the level of specific study programmes.

SUMMER SCHOOL IN ICON PAINTING – IN AUGUST 2021!

Latvian Christian Academy in AUGUST 16-22, 2021, organizes SUMMER SCHOOL IN ICON PAINTING to go through all phases of Icon painting starting from preparation of the Icon board until the final varnish of the ready painting. Summer School provides theoretical and practical basis for canonical Icon painting.
Date and venue: August 16-22, in Jūrmala (Latvia), Bulduri (address: Vienības prospekts 23), in Latvian Christian Academy.
Training fee: 250 EUR + materials.

International EZA seminar at Latvian Christian Academy

Annual international seminar “Young qualified workers: empowerment and participation strategies in the Baltic States and EU” will be held in May 27-29, 2021. The seminar will deal with the importance of qualification for young workers for themselves and their integration and further development in the labour market, but also for social development. A key question is what steps are necessary to integrate young people successfully and sustainably into the new world of work – also taking into account the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The employability of young people is seen as a cornerstone of social development. Particular attention is paid to the digital economy and new business models resulting from it which require special knowledge and skills. The seminar will host experts from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Link to EZA webpage.

On transforming attitude towards client in Social work practice

Journal for Social work development “Sociālais darbs Latvijā” [“Social work in Latvia’] (Nr. 1, 2021) has published an article by Rector of Latvian Christian academy prof. Skaidrīte Gūtmane “Transforming attitude towards client: An experience of the Antioch anthropological and theolocial school”. The publication presents the concept of the Academy as rooted in the Christian Church heritrage. Link to the publication here (in Latvian, annotated in English, PDF).

ERASMUS Charter 2021-2027

Latvian Christian academy has received the updated ERASMUS Charter for higher education, 2021-2027. The Charter offers vast opportunities for students’ and teachers’ mobility around the world. The Charter text available here.

“Semaines Sociales de France” – IXE group meeting

“Semaines Sociales de France” – IXE-group held another online meeting in March 12-13, 2021. The topic for the meeting and discussions was “Glasgow as a new landmark of sustainability: Realizing the green transition through global efort”. At the end of gthe meeting the joint Statement was accepted stating that “neither in pandemic nor in climate crisis can anybody be saved alone. We recognize that efforts at the individual and community level are indispensable and instead of falling back to our previous habits, we are called to convert to a positive approach to living sustainably during and after the pandemic […] climate change, global poverty and inequality are impeding the foundation of the common home.” Latvian Christian academy was represented by its Rector prof. Skaidrite Gūtmane. The Initiative of Christians for Europe (IXE) is an association of lay organizations and committed Christians from different European countries. Latvian Chriostian academy is cooperating with IXE since 2004.

International conference at Kolpingo University College, Lithuania

Rector of Latvian Christian academy prof. Skaidrite Gūtmane and assist. prof. Guntis Dišlers participated an international conference “The importance of eco-thinking in modern society”. In the Plenary session prof. Gūtmane presented her research of Ecology and Social work client: Anthropological practice of Antioch”, whereas assist. prof. Dišlers joined the section with “Mainlines of the risk society and challenge of Patristics for human ecology”. Both speakers dealt with methodology issues in their presentations. The conference used MS TEAMS for participants’ communication.

EZA seminar on “Adult education on the European social dialogue in the digital age”

An international EZA (“European Center for Worker’s Questions”) seminar on adult education on the European social dialogue in the digital age was held via ZOOM in March 9-10, 2021, from Portugal. Assist. prof. Guntis Dišlers from Latvian Christian academy attended the seminar online. The seminar speakers explained key differences and encouraged to apply diverse teaching methods in the Covid pandemic time.

Latvian Christian academy – in dealing with COVID

COVID-19 has dramatically influenced all our lives around the globe both personally and nationally. Virus has taken thousands around the world, creating psychological, social, economic crises. Latvian Christian academy has come up with several publications dealing with the issue and recovery beyond the pandemic: Gūtmane S. Zināsim vairāk, izdarīsim labāk. [Knowing More, Doing Better], (journal […]