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Projects boosting civic awareness and tolerance receive funding
26.05.2014

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The Integration and Migration Foundation has granted a total of €38,000 to 13 projects focussing on civic awareness and tolerance.

The decision of the evaluation committee saw funding awarded to Narva School no. 6, Kohtla-Järve Ahtme Upper Secondary School, the NPO Black Nights Film Festival, Loksa Upper Secondary School, Haapsalu Vocational Education Centre, the Harju Enterprise and Development Centre Foundation, the NPO Open Republic, Kammeri School, the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, the NPO Media Group, Ehte Upper Secondary School of Humanities, the Plast youth association and the University of Tartu.

“For example, the aim of the project being run by Narva School no. 6 is to put on a performance entitled ‘We Live in Estonia’ in cooperation with pupils from Savrena Basic School,” explained Toivo Sikk, a coordinator with the Multicultural Education Unit of the Integration and Migration Foundation. “It will be held at Saverna Basic School, and in addition to the performances the students will be going on excursions together and taking part in other activities.

”Sikk also highlighted the Harju Enterprise and Development Centre Foundation project ‘Young people and their stories about taking part during Shared Week’, as a result of which the youngsters will obtain new knowledge about different forms of participation and the nature of being involved. The aim of the project is to inspire young people to take a more active role in the work of civic associations and in joint activities involving the young.

As part of their project, students from Kohtla-Järve Ahtme Upper Secondary School will be visiting such places as Viru County Court, the citizenship and migration offices of the Jõhvi Police and Border Guard Board and a range of museums as well as organising a variety of meetings.

“The competition for projects focussing on civic awareness and tolerance is designed to broaden students’ knowledge of Estonian society, showcase the value of Estonian citizenship and being a citizen, make Citizens Day and its civic-themed essay contest real traditions and foster tolerance within multicultural groups,” said Sikk. “By supporting these activities we’re also looking to offer young people from different ethnic backgrounds opportunities to meet one another and build up relationships through joint activities.”

Among the other projects that have been granted support are youth-created theatre performances, training events and events promoting tolerance. Opportunities for young people to show how enterprising they are and ‘by young people, for young people’ programmes also feature.

The Integration and Migration Foundation has granted ca €270,000 to around 100 projects focussing on civic awareness and tolerance since 2007. The project competition and its activities are financed from Estonia’s state budget via the Ministry of Education and Research.

For further information please contact:
Toivo Sikk
Coordinator, Multicultural Education Unit
Integration and Migration Foundation 'Our People'
Telephone: +372 659 9850
E-mail: toivo.sikk@meis.ee