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The President of the Republic honoured young history researches

President Arnold Rüütel today in Tartu attended the closing ceremony of students' historical research competition and addressed young researches with words of welcome.

The Head of State expressed delight at the great number of participants in the competition, which, in his words, confirmed students' keen interest in history and the need for competitions like this. This year's competition, the fourth in a row, was announced by the President of the Republic as patron of the competition on 2 September 2002. The theme of the competition was "The Child" and 150 research papers were sent in to it for instance in the following areas: the child in Estonian society, the child and the world, childhood, the child and education etc.

The students' historical research competition is aimed at elaborating on national values, maintaining the bond between and continuity of generations, deepening of students' interest in history and expanding their horizon, and developing students' capabilities of independent research.

These competitions have been initiated by the Estonian History Teachers' Association and supported financially by the Körber Foundation from Germany. The cash prizes and books awarded on the suggestion of the competition's jury had been donated by the President's Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of Education respectively.

Office of the President
Kadriorg, May 3, 2003

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