Daugavpils City Education Department, Latvıa

Organisation’s introduction

Daugavpils City Education Department (ED) is Daugavpils city (Latvia) municipal institution, which coordinates education in the local community (about 90 000 people population). Education Department (with the staff of 76 people) realizes municipality educational functions and all questions connected with it in the second largest city in Latvia. There are 13 secondary schools, 3 basic schools and 2 special education institutions, 29 pre-school educational establishments. The institution ensures different kinds of education availability in Daugavpils, including free time activities and inclusive education (for young people with special needs), lifelong learning education for adults.  Education Department has got a successful experience in international projects administration and realization (NordPlus, Grundtvig, Leonardo da Vinci, CEDEFOP Study visits, Erasmus+ etc.).

The staff of Education Department is highly qualified specialists with different experience in their working field (education methodology, accountancy, social care, bilingual education, CLIL, children’s rights defence, etc.). Employees working experience, participation in further education courses and certification, international experience are the basis for a successful team work.



City’s introduction in brief

Daugavpils is the second largest city in Latvia an important industrial centre of Eastern gates of European Union.

Daugavpils strategic advantages:

  • advantageous geographical position close to the borders of three countries;
  • developed infrastructure;
  • concentration of educational institutions;
  • multinational environment, cultural and historical heritage;
  • natural resources.


  • 1275 – Dinaburg (Daugavpils) was first mentioned in historical chronicles;
  • 1582 – Dinaburg was granted city rights.

City territory – 72.48 km²

Population (2015) – 98 089

Official web page – www.daugavpils.lv

Distance from Daugavpils:

  • to Riga – 232 km;
  • to the Lithuanian border – 25 km;
  • to the Belarusian border – 35 km;
  • to the Russian border – 120 km.

Daugavpils offers a large number of attractive educational opportunities to young people.

Nowadays more than 20 nationalities’ representatives consider Daugavpils as their home.  Daugavpils gave to the world the outstanding expression­ist Mark Rothko, the composer, “The King of Tango”, Oscar Strok, the actor and stage director Solomon Mikhoels (Vovsi) and oth­er famous people. Opened in 2013 Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre has become a powerful magnet that attracts visitors from all over the world.

Historically Daugavpils was developed as an industrial city. Nowadays it is represented by the following industrial branches: metal processing, locomotive and railway rolling stock production and repair, production of food and bev­erages, which are in the process of constant development. Daugavpils is the city with a well-balanced multi sectorial economy. Daugavpils is open for investments and this intention is confirmed by the development of city’s infrastructure and support of busi­ness activities.

Photo:Daugavpils Fortress is an outstanding fortification that oc­cupies more than 150 ha. This is the only early 19th century fortress in Eastern Europe that has remained virtually un­changed.