Ieva Ilves, wife of Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and patron of the Estonian branch of SOS Children's Villages, paid a visit to the local children's village and also gave a class as part of the Back to School Week in Põltsamaa on Friday.
At the Põltsamaa children's village, Ilves met with parents and children. SOS Children's Villages Estonia’s chairman Margus Oro introduced the current activities of the fund to Mrs. Ilves.
"As a mother, I can understand the work done to ensure the welfare and ability of children to cope only too well. I attach special importance to the mission of SOS Children's Villages – to offer a home, family and support to children who are without their biological parents," Ieva Ilves said. "In Põltsamaa, one can clearly witness how the children's village will help children cope successfully and prepare them to live their lives in full once they are independent."
There are four such villages in Estonia, in Keila, Põltsamaa, Juuru and Narva-Jõesuu. They have four main spheres of activity – the villages themselves, youth homes, strengthening families, and education programs. Every year, 800 young people and adults find support in SOS Children's Villages.
Ieva Ilves, who is continuing her career as Head of National Cyber Security Policy at the Ministry of Defense of Latvia, also gave a class as part of the Back to School Week at the Põltsamaa’s upper secondary school, where her audience included students of cyber defense and information technology.
She spoke about both her professional experience in the sphere of foreign and security policy, the meaning and importance of cyber security today, and how each one of us can safeguard their own cyber security.
Editor: Editor: Dario Cavegn