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Education

Local government spends 50% of its budget annually for education alone

City provides full-range of education:

  • 7 pre-school educational institutions with 1457 children
  • 8 all-round educational institutions with 3935 pupils
  • Valmiera Music School
  • Valmiera Secondary school of Art
  • Valmiera Sport school for Children
  • Valmiera Technical college (provides also dual educational programmes)
  • Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (2 faculties: Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Social Sciences, international study programmes)
  • Lifelong education programmes
  • Youth centre „Vinda” (educational programmes of special interest)

Valmiera Music School

  • The oldest Music school in Latvia – founded in 1920 (last year celebrated 95 years anniversary)
  • 437 pupils
  • 5 different educational programmes with more sub-programmes
  • Organizes international music festivals (Winter Music festival in January, Contest for young piano-players etc.)
  • Cooperates with orchestras in Baltic states and Finland, partners in Germay, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Czech Republic
  • Reconstructed in 2013 (European Union structural funds)
  • Many graduates became famous musicians (Jānis Ķepītis, Arturs Maskats, Santa Ratniece, pianist Jautrīte Putniņa, singers Ance Purmale, Zanda Švēde, violinist Madara Pētersone)
  • Students of Valmiera Music School with success take part in international and national competitions, festivals and concerts

Valmiera Secondary school of Art

  • 370 pupils
  • 4 different professional educational programmes
  • provides different courses of interest for children, youth and adults
  • regularly organizes students’ art work exhibitions in Valmiera Exhibition hall and different city festivals and events
  • awards and acknowledgments for students’ art works in international competitions in Finland, Lithuania, Japan, Poland, Slovenia, and Thailand
  • participates actively in different international and national projects

Valmiera Sport school for Children

  • over 1,000 pupils
  • 7 different educational programmes of interest, 8 professional programmes
  • first steps in professional sports for some of our Olympic medallists (Oskars Melbārdis in bobsleigh, Uvis Kalniņš in swimming)