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MISA to organise national culture showcase for children and youngsters


The National Culture Trade Fair will be held from 12:00-17:00 on Saturday 24 September 2016 at Õpetajate Maja in Tallinn (Raekoja plats 14). The event, which is being organised by the Integration and Migration Foundation 'Our People' (MISA), will enable children, young adults and anyone interested in national culture to take part in free workshops, learn folk dances and enjoy performances by students from national minority Sunday schools.

“In connection with the Day of Nations that’s coming up, we’re working with Sunday schools to organise a free event showcasing the national minorities that live in Estonia and their schools’ activities,” explained MISA’s Head of Partnership Relations Kristina Pirgop. “Since the new academic year is just about to start for Sunday schools, or has already started, it’ll be great if kids who aren’t yet attending a Sunday school enjoy the event and learn something from it. The teaching work they do at Sunday schools includes a lot of activities that promote national culture, so during the event we’ll be running quite a few workshops that everyone’s welcome to take part in. We’ll also be showcasing handicrafts and other manual skills, and visitors can learn how to do folk dances and take part in a team competition putting together 3D puzzles.”

Participating in the National Culture Trade Fair will be nine Sunday schools: the ‘Orhan’ Azeri Sunday school, the Kabardian Sunday school, the ‘Maštots’ Armenian Sunday school, the ‘Nur’ Sunday school, the Armenian National Association Sunday school in Tallinn, the ‘Nadija’ Ukrainian Sunday school, the ‘Labora’ monastic arts school, the Russian culture Sunday school in Tallinn and the ‘Drevo’ Russian Sunday school. The first workshops will start at 12:00. During the day visitors will have the chance to make their own charm dolls, sweet bowls, handicraft flowers and finger puppets. They can also learn calligraphy, folk patterns, the Armenian alphabet and découpage, decorate glasses and try their hand (and feet) at folk dancing and painting. There will also be a 3D puzzle competition entitled ‘Russian architectural monuments’.  Information about the event and its programme can be found on the Day of Nations website.

Roman Ljagu, the director of the Russian culture Sunday school in Tallinn, says that enrolment of new students in their school will continue until 30 September. “We’re primarily looking for students from Grades 8-12 who speak Russian as their first language but who study in schools with Estonian as the language of instruction,” he explained. “At the Sunday school we enrich their knowledge of culture and polish their Russian skills, neither of which they get as part of the national curriculum. The kids learn about Russian folk culture in lessons on things like calligraphy, national costume and national cuisine. We also give them classes on presentation and public speaking and boost their vocabulary with new proverbs and sayings.”

27 national minority Sunday schools have been granted operational support through MISA for the 2016/2017 academic year. This year the activities of Ukrainian, Russian, Azeri, Latvian, Georgian, Ingrian-Finnish, Tatar, Uzbek, Belarusian, Kabardian, Korean and Armenian schools are being funded. Most of the schools are based in Tallinn, but they are also found in Pärnu, Loksa, Tartu, Viljandi, Maardu, Tapa, Valga, Jõhvi, Narva, Sillamäe, Toila and Kose. Overviews of the schools and their contact details can be found on the MISA website. MISA has launched an additional round of applications for base financing in support of the teaching activities of national minority Sunday schools for this academic year.

The National Culture Trade Fair is being organised by the 'Our People' Integration and Migration Foundation. The event is being financed by the Ministry of Education and Research.

For further information please contact:

Kristina Pirgop
Head of Partnership Relations, MISA
Telephone: +372 659 9024