Urgent Notice

Due to the State of Emergency declared by the Cabinet of Ministers, the ESU Latvia National Finals planned for Saturday, April 4th have been cancelled until further notice.  

Also, the ESU International Public Speaking Competition in London scheduled for 11-15 May has been cancelled. 

We will keep you posted on any new developments regarding these competitions. In the meantime, please take care and stay healthy!

Information on Public Speaking Competition 2020

This year’s theme/topic is “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

We are extending the registration deadline to January 31st. So, if you haven’t sent in your registration yet, there is still time to do so.

February 29th: Kurzeme/Zemgale/Vidzeme regional semi-finals, The National Library, JFK Reading Room, 3rd floor, Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga. Registration begins at 11:45, competition from 12:00-15:00 (approx.) 

March 6th: Latgale regional semi-finals, held in Daugavpils, Saules iela 7, City Education dept., registration 11:45, competition 12:00 – 16:00 (approx.)

March 7th: Riga regional semi-finals, held in Riga State 1st gymnasium, Raiņa iela 8, registration 9:30, competition 10:00 – 15:00 (approx.)

April 4thNational Finals RTU Riga Business School, Skolas iela 11, Riga, registration 10:30, competition 11:00-15:00 (approx.)

May 11th-15thInternational Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) in London

News about the ESU Workshop


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News about the ESU Workshop, held at the Rīgas Valsts 1. Ģimnāzija, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.

The student who wins the Nationals in Latvia is sent to London and later in the year gives a workshop to the next group of participants. The winner of the Latvian 2019 ESU speech contest was Elza Zargevica. She was sent to London to attend the international ESU finals and lead this year’s workshop. During the workshop, Elza talked about the contest in London and the people she met from other countries. Then put the attendants of the workshop through some exercises to help them prepare for the competition here in Latvia. More than 30 students attended the Workshop.

The ESU of Latvia would like to thank teacher Irena Likopa for her time arranging the place and date of the workshop in Rīgas Valsts 1. Ģimnāzija and finding volunteers to run the equipment, arrange the room and register the students attending this event. Irena’s addition of the gingerbread cookies was a welcomed surprise and added to the enjoyment of the event.

Another thanks to the Rīgas Valsts 1. Ģimnāzija for granting the ESU the continued use of their auditorium and rooms each year.


Student Workshop 2019

Workshop – Saturday December 7 12:00 Rigas Valsts 1.Gimnazija, Raina Blv.8, there will be signs posted to guide you to the room the workshop will be held.


The workshop will be lead by the last years Nationals winner, who was sent to London, Elza Zorgevica! The Nationals winner of 2018, Rebeka Nagle will also be in attendance and may also be able take some questions.


The Workshop is gaining more and more in popularity as it is giving students some insight into our competition here and in London and what is really required. It will be of great help in preparing their speeches.


Public Speaking Competition National Final 2019

“Nature is a common language”

Opening remarks – Iveta Ivansone – ESU Latvia President 

 Moment of Silence in honor of former President Ruta Zadziorska



Ms. Ieva Šmite – English Teacher and Deputy Principal; Riga Secondary school 49.

Mr. Craig Paterson – Secondary School Assistant Principal; International School of Riga

Mrs. Ingrida-Karina Berzina – Attorney at Law; lecturer SSE Riga – Graduate School of Law

Introductions/MC:  Rebeka Nagle – Finalist 2018 IPSC Latvia


  Elza Viktorija Zorgevica  – Rīgas Angļu ģimnāzija-  “To Kill Nature”

Annamarija Terēze Andersone – Rīgas Valsts 1.ģimnāzija- “The World Through the Lense of Languages”

Marks Stacevičs – Rīgas Klasiskā ģimnāzija-  “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Tomass Ruža – Rīgas Valsts 1.ģimnāzija- “World as a Conveyor”

Andris Aleksandrs Priedītis “Rīgas Valsts 1.ģimnāzija- “Flaws of Human Nature”

Undīne Maurīte – Valmieras Viestura vidusskola-  “The Last Straw”

Voldemārs Veitners – Draudzīgā Aicinājuma Cēsu Valsts ģimnāzija- “Our Ability to Change Human Nature”

Valts Zvilna – Talsu 2. Vidusskola- “Nature is the God Itself/Himself”

Kristofers Buks – Jēkabpils Valsts ģimnāzija-  “ Our Only Planet”

Alisa Turukova – Daugavpils Krievu vidusskola–licejs – “Ocean: Will We Swim or Drown?”

Samira Garajeva – Daugavpils 3.vidusskola- “Coming Back to Our Roots”

Anna Samsonova – Daugavpils 3.vidusskola- “Industry Perfect Body”

Ieva Taraškeviča – Daugavpils 9.vidusskola- “Language Learners”

 Awards presented – Deputy Head of Mission Ms. Ruth Rajavejjabhisal from the British Embassy




1st place – Elza Viktorija Zorgevica – Rīgas Angļu ģimnāzija

2nd place –  Undīne Maurīte- Valmieras Viestura vidusskola

3rd place – Andris Aleksandrs Priedītis- Rīgas Valsts 1.ģimnāzija





Dear Iveta,

I am so sorry to hear this very sad news. Ruta was a lovely lady and a powerful advocate for Latvia, for education and for the ESU. We shall miss her.

We are fortunate to have you to continue the excellent work that Ruta began and we will look forward to working closely with you in the coming months.

With our condolences and very good wishes


Jane Easton

Director-General ESU



Heart felt condolences on this sad news The ESU family reaches out to you all at this sad time Latvia,s relationship with the wider world at a critical time  in its history was well served by Ruta,s work. The values of the ESU and vision of its founders for global peace built on mutual respect and understanding could have had no firmer friend We are all very grateful for a life well lived. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Warmest Regards


The Rt Hon The Lord Boateng PC DL

Chairman ESU

In Memoriam

Ruta Zadziorski

(05.05.1928 – 31.12.2018)

It is with great sadness that I must inform you of Ruta Zadziorski’s passing.  After a short illness, she died the morning of December 31st.  Right up until the end, she was very active, had creative ideas for ESU’s future, and always a great sense of humor.  A bright soul, she will be greatly missed!

 Ruta’s contribution to ESU for 40 years, both as an active member while she was in the USA, and as the former ESU Latvia President is immeasurable!

 Although the New year began with this sad news, we continue our ESU work as Ruta had wished, in her loving memory.

 Iveta Ivansone

President ESU Latvia

Student Workshop

The 2019 ESU Latvia Public Speaking Competition Workshop will take place on Saturday December 1, 2018 at 12:00 at Rīgas Valsts 1.Ģimnāzija, Raiņa Blv. 8, room will be posted near the entrance.

The workshop is led by previous National finalists and gives valuable insight into our competition here and in London. Teachers and students are welcome! A great help in preparing speeches!




ESU Latvia News

A new school year! A new “centennial”! A new ESU Latvia President!
This information has two names-signatures: my last one as the ESU Latvia President as I am leaving on a hopefully well deserved retirement.  I am wishing all the very best to Iveta Ivansone, our new President whom I have known for some years – this chapter is going to be in good, capable hands! I will remain on the Board, providing help if and as needed.  Also I am wishing to the schools I had the privilege to know – be a winner!

Here is some preliminary information and dates of the new IPSC 2019 “season”.

This year’s theme/topic is “Nature is a common language.”

Dates to keep in mind:
December 1stPublic Speaking Workshop hosted by Rigas Valsts 1. Gimnazija, Raina Blv. 8, starting at 12:00.  The workshop is led by previous National finalists and gives valuable insight into our competition here and in London, it will be of great help in preparing speeches. Teachers and students are welcome!
February – Kurzeme/Vidzeme/Zemgale Regional Finals: Date and venue to be specified and announced later.
April 6th: National Finals at SSE, Soros Auditorium, Strelnieku iela 4a, 11:00-15:00 (approx.)
May 13th-17th: International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) in London

We are happy to have former National finalist Gustavs Ēvalds join our team! Gustavs has already offered his help and shared in his experience in previous ESU public speaking workshops and we look forward to his contribution and new ideas in future events.

Looking forward to discovering new voices in this year’s competition. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Ruta Zadziorska, President Emerita
Iveta Z. Ivansone, ESU Latvia President


Public Speaking Competition National Finals 2018

  “The best way to predict the future is to invent it”

 Judges: Mrs. Denise WIRTH – Lecturer at SSE, Waldorf teacher

 Mr. Louis DOWLING – English teacher, International School of Riga

 Mrs. Ingrida-Karina Berzina – Attorney at Law; lecturer SSE Riga – Graduate School of Law  

 Introductions:  Nikola Ščadro – Finalist 2017 IPSC Latvia

 Opening remarks – Ruta Zadziorski – ESU Latvia President

 Awards – Defence Attaché Sqn Ldr. Mark Sapsford


Hugo Huberts Puriņš               Who else if not me?                     Iecavas vidusskola

 Emīls Konrāds                        The compass of life                       Alojas vidusskola

  Klāvs Elsiņš                      Shaping the future yourself                 Alojas vidusskola

 Undīne Maurīte             Be the one that makes difference            Valmieras Viestura vidusskola

 Alisa Turukova             Three steps to the future                 Daugavpils Krievu vidusskola-licejs

 Valerija Soņina                    Destiny                                               Daugavpils 3. vidusskola  

 Kristofers Buks              The future is in your hands                     Jēkabpils Valsts ģimnāzija

 Valērija Ruta Hartmane     Goal is the key to invention               Jēkabpils Valsts ģimnāzija

 Paula Ondzule              Change the present to help the future       Jēkabpils Valsts ģimnāzija              

Darja Sediha                   The time is now                                       Rīgas Valsts 1.ģimnāzija

 Rebeka Nagle                 The book of future                                    Rīgas Valsts 1.ģimnāzija

 Elza Viktorija Zorgevica   I am a dreamer but that shouldn’t stall me  Rīgas Angļu ģimnāzija

  Karolina Konopecka       How to make the bright future happen?      Rīgas Klasiskā ģimnāzija

 Katrīna Miščuka                     The present                          Rīgas Centra humanitārā vidusskola



And the winner of PSC 2018 is….


Rebeka Nagle    Rīgas Valsts 1. ģimnāzija


Our winner in London

From left: Ayushmann from India, Kristin from Canada, Mafalda from Portugal and Rebeka from Latvia