We invite you to the international conference on integration
This is your invitation to Estonia’s first integration hackathon!
Children invite President Kaljulaid to Narva
Look how many taxi drivers from Narva will be commencing Estonian language studies in November 2017
We support the promotion of media education in schools
Concert version of ‘Carmen’ to be performed at House of the Blackheads
Our Narva office has a brand new home!
Statistical overview of free Estonian language studies

We invite you to the international conference on integration

„Shared Identities in Diverse Communities: the Role of Culture, Media and Civil Society”


16 & 17 November 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia

Nordic Hotel Forum, Viru väljak 3

This two-day conference brings together leading experts on integration issues, policy-makers and hands-on practitioners from Estonia and around Europe to share visionary ideas, research results and best practices for the effective integration in diverse societies.

Conference speakers are recognized international experts from Canada, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia. Interactive panel discussions and practical workshops will address various topics related to the role popular culture, media, active civil society and the education system play in creating the environment that supports development of inclusive shared identity and cohesion in culturally diverse societies. Among guest speakers are:

Rob Berkeley MBE, BBC, University of Oxford – project lead responsible for audience accountability at BBC – the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation.

Mr Bob Deen, Head of Section and Senior Adviser at OSCE High Comissioner on National Minorities.

Professor Zsuzsa Csergő –president of Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) - academic association promoting research on issues of Nationalism, Ethnicity, Violence, Conflict etc. and Head of Department of Political studies at Queens’ University Canada.

Professor Milton Bennett – director of Intercultural Development Research Institute (USA/Italy) author of the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS).

Dr. Peeter Mehisto, University of London – expert in bilingual education, key expert in developing Estonian program for language immersion.

Dr. Marco Martinello – the National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), Belgium, director of the Centre d’Etudes de l’Ethnicité et des Migrations (CEDEM).

Additional information on the program and speakers you han find here

Conference participation is free of charge. Working language is English, with simultaneous translation to Estonian and Russian. Web streaming will be available: www.integrationconference.ee

This is your invitation to Estonia’s first integration hackathon!


The first ever Estonian integration hackathon will be taking place in Tallinn on 24 & 25 November. It is designed to look for innovative and exciting solutions for the creation of a more cohesive society.

What is the integration hackathon?

It’s an innovative two-day marathon of creative ideas. Find out more online at www.integratsioon.ee/hakaton

Who can take part?

The hackathon is open to anyone who thinks that Estonian society should be cohesive – meaning one where people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds take an active role in social life and share democratic values, and have the desire and what it takes to put their ideas out there and make something of them.

Where can I get more detailed information?

An information day will be held at the Kopli restaurant (Kopli 25, Tallinn) from 16:00-18:00 on 19 October at which the organisers of the event will be talking about key challenges and developments in the field of integration and the questions that have arisen as a result.

Note: REGISTER FOR THE INFORMATION DAY ONLINE AT https://www.integratsioon.ee/hakatoni-infopaev


The hackathon is being organised by
the Integration Foundation in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture.


For further information please contact: Olga Sõtnik, Senior specialist, Ministry of Culture, mobile: +372 51 20 962, e-mail: [email protected]




Children invite President Kaljulaid to Narva

On 2 October President Kersti Kaljulaid met with students from Narva Language Lyceum in Võru. The students have been immersing themselves in an Estonian-language environment while staying with families from Võru County.


President Kaljulaid dropped in on a handicraft workshop where the students were making sweet wrappers and cards. The most beautiful examples were presented to the Head of State as a gift at the end of the meeting, when the students also invited President Kaljulaid to Narva.

This year 120 students from Ida-Viru County are taking part in family studies. During the meeting, President Kaljulaid said that even more students should be included in such studies, as they are a very effective way of learning a language. She also called on the Integration Foundation to come up with a way of ensuring that the students maintain their new skills after returning home.

Foundation director Irene Käosaar says that what makes family studies such a successful way of learning a language is the fact that by staying with families the students make lasting friends. “Kids who speak Estonian as their mother tongue and kids who speak Russian as theirs start interacting, and many of them come back to Võru Country two or three times for further visits,” she said.

Inasmuch as their concentration was focussed on the handicrafts, the students also answered President Kaljulaid’s questions. They in turn then asked the Head of State what her favourite subject had been at school. The answer? Biology. “I liked exploring new places, and studying biology meant I was able to travel around a lot,” President Kaljulaid explained.

Present along with the eight youngsters from Narva Language Lyceum were their support students from Osula Basic School and Võru DownTown School.



We support the promotion of media education in schools

We invite general education schools and vocational education institutions to submit project applications for the promotion of media education.


The aim of the competition is to foster the media competence of students from upper secondary schools and vocational education institutions as well as their ability to analyse information, critically interpret media messages and themselves create media content.


We support the conducting of interviews, the presentation of news and reports, the making of short films et al. under the guidance of professionals, study trips to media agencies by students and the organisation of information seminars.


The total budget for the project competition is 13,000 euros. The deadline for the submission of applications is 6 November 2017.


The documents and application forms for the competition are available on the Integration Foundation website at https://www.integratsioon.ee/kaimasolevad-konkursid?project_id=704


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


For further information please contact: Liilika Raudhein, analyst, telephone: +372 659 9841, e-mail: [email protected]


Concert version of ‘Carmen’ to be performed at House of the Blackheads


The Association of Belarusians in Estonia invites everyone to enjoy a concert version of the opera ‘Carmen’ as performed by talented young Europeans at the House of the Blackheads (Pikk 26, Tallinn) at 19:00 on 14 October.


‘Talented young Europeans’ is a project of the association which aims to support young singers and promote classical European vocal music.


As part of the project, which is being run this year for the eighth time, the orchestra from the Estonian Academy of Music will be cooperating with internationally recognised young singers who have performed on opera stages in Zurich, Munich, France, Moscow and Minsk.

Come along to the House of the Blackheads to meet the main characters of French composer Georges Bizet’s opera: the Spanish Carmen, played by mezzosoprano Dara Savinova; the soldier Jose, played by Hungarian tenor Gula Rab; and the matador Escamillot played by Estonian baritone Atlan Karp. Also contributing to the performance will be Polish concert master Oleksandr Yankevych and the Tallinn Flamenco Studio led by Claudia Ševtšenko. The story leads you to the Spanish city of sinners and saints, Seville, which is aflame with passion.


Tickets are available from Piletilevi.


For further information please contact: Niina Savinova, President, Association of Belarusians in Estonia, Mobile: +372 51 34 280

Our Narva office has a brand new home!


We are at the same address – in the Keres Centre at Kerese 3 – but in September we moved down one floor.

We are now on the 2nd floor, not the 3rd floor as previously.


Statistical overview of free Estonian language studies

In October 2017

572 people all over Estonia have started language courses

1.      Tallinn: 286

2.      Narva: 118

3.      Tartu: 16

4.      Pärnu: 16

5.      Kohtla-Järve (Ahtme): 46

6.      Jõhvi: 45

7.      Sillamäe: 45


56 taxi drivers from Narva will be commencing Estonian language studies in November 2017


200 teachers have been studying Estonian since September 2017

1.      Narva: 114

2.      Sillamäe: 28

3.      Jõhvi: 28

4.      Kohtla-Järve: 14

5.      Ahtme: 14


In 2018

the foundation will be opening places on Estonian language courses for 588 people

·         224 on Estonian language courses at the A2, B1 and B2 levels all over Estonia

·         160 at the A1 level in Narva

·         160 at the A1 level in Tallinn

·         44 taxi drivers at the A1 level in Narva


+ 30 Estonian language and culture clubs all over the country in which at least 480 people can participate. Estonian is practised in the clubs at the B2 and C1 levels.


Between September 2015 and September 2017

a total of 4864 people took part in Estonian language courses at the A2, B1 and B2 levels

1.      Tallinn: 3154 (including residents of municipalities in Harju County e.g. Maardu: 154)

2.      Sillamäe: 175

3.      Jõhvi: 122 (including Toila)

4.      Kohtla-Järve & Ahtme: 434 (including Kohtla, Lüganuse, Kohtla-Nõmme and Aseri municipalities and Kiviõli)

5.      Narva: 831 (including Vaivara, Illuka and Mäetaguse municipalities and Narva-Jõesuu)

6.      Pärnu: 29 (including Paikuse, Sindi and Sauga municipalities)

7.      Tartu: 80 (including Tartu and Ülenurme municipalities)


+ Estonian language courses for teachers from Ida-Viru County in Narva, Sillamäe, Jõhvi, Kohtla-Järve and Ahtme

2015: 235 teachers

2016: 210 teachers