Latvia Zonta clubs award scholarships to deserving local women
Education is a continuous and creative process and a part of Zonta's mission. We look back at 2011 and Zonta’s share in assisting talented and hard-working girls in Latvia to reach the true goals of education: release their capacities, develop confidence in themselves, strengthen will power, instill the vision that will enable them to become educated and self-motivating agents of social change, serving the best interests locally and globally. Women in the Northern hemisphere have always knitted. With woolen yarn, they make warm things. With each knitting, they tell a story of life through designs, symbols, combinations of colors and signs. Knitted gloves are the treasures of Latvia from the past to present. We are proud of 2011 Zonta scholarship winners – treasures of Latvia – talented, hard-working girls striving for knowledge and learning, knitting their lives in creative colorful and memorable patterns.
(Photo) Zonta 2011 scholarship winners in Latvia in the photos from the left: • Anda Meikališa - a winner of Zonta Clubs of Latvia Scholarship for 2011/2012, a student of Riga Stradiņš University, Faculty of Medicine. • Laura Krūmiņa – the winner of Zonta International, District 21, Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship contribution for 2011, a student of Birmingham City University, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Interior Products Design). • Anete Kļaviņa – a winner of Zonta Clubs of Latvia Scholarship for 2011/2012, a student of Riga Stradiņš University, Department of Psychology. • Krista Pētersone - a winner of Zonta International, District 21, Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship contribution,a student of University of Latvia; Faculty of Economics and Management. • Aleksandra Jakušenko - the winner of Zonta International, District 21, Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship, a student of Stockholms School of Economics and Management. • Eva Dručka - the winner of Anna Pavulane, past Zontian, Memorial Scholarship for 2011/2012, a student of Riga Stradiņš University, Faculty of Medicine.
Zonta International came to Latvia in 1993. The Zonta Club of Riga was chartered by Past International President Sonja Renfer and Centurion Inger Brolin. Nineteen years ago, District 21 became international joining Sweden and Latvia together in District 21. In 2012, we have five Zonta clubs in Latvia (per population of 2.1 million people) in Riga, Jelgava, Valmiera, Bauska and Ogre. Latvian and Swedish Zontians work hand in hand to promote Zonta education programs. The District 21 scholarship committee, headed by Birgitta Birkoff and assisted by Inese Ozola, is active in both international and local scholarship projects. We wish the youth to learn from the patterns of the past and create their own new designs!