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Additional projects to be funded to foster civic awareness and tolerance
20.07.2016

PRESS RELEASE

In June the Integration and Migration Foundation ‘Our People’ (MISA) organised an additional round of applications for projects designed to boost civic awareness and promote tolerance among students aged 7-26 from general education schools and vocational education institutions. A further eight such projects will receive funding this year as a result of the application round.

“The projects funded during the second round include cooperative activities where the youngsters will be organising tolerance-themed seminars, discussions and excursions, and of course there’ll also be the now-traditional Citizens Week for students, which this year is being arranged by Kallaste School in Tartu County,” explained Toivo Sikk, MISA’s Head of Civic Education. “The people who compiled the projects paid more attention than usual to boosting students’ media awareness, too. For example, students from Kohtla-Järve Russian Upper Secondary School will be visiting a number of editorial boards in Tallinn and Narva, meeting journalists and the hosts of programmes, producing video clips, conducting interviews and learning how to write news stories. And students from Iisaku Upper Secondary School will not only get to take part in the media course that’s being put together, but also set up editorial boards for their own school newspaper and radio.”

Sikk added that a number of activities designed with a broader audience in mind also received funding. “They include the Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) children’s and young people’s sub-festival Just Film, where we’ll be supporting the showing of films dedicated to Citizens Day,” he said. “Audiences will get to enjoy that programme in November. Just Film showcases educational documentaries aimed at youngsters that are related to the benefits and problems of being a citizen.”

Nine applications were received in the second round, of which eight were granted funding to the total value of 23,301.98 euros. Project activities designed to raise civic awareness and foster tolerance are directed at young people studying at general education schools and/or vocational education institutions in Estonia.

The names of the projects that have been granted funding and of the people behind them can be found on the MISA website.

The competition is financed from the state budget via the Ministry of Education and Research.

For further information please contact:

Toivo Sikk
Head of Civic Education, MISA
Telephone: +372 659 9850
E-mail: toivo.sikk@meis.ee