MISA awaits suggestions from NGOs on how to organise language courses
The Integration and Migration Foundation Our People (MISA) awaits additional suggestions on how to organise the language instruction of employees of third sector organisations until 17 June.
Those eligible for these language courses include paid employees whose mother tongue is other than Estonian of culture societies, including ethnic culture societies and their Sunday schools, sports associations and NGOs that work with young people. If an organisation does not have any paid employees, the members of the organisation’s management board will be considered employees.
From this year, MISA organises language courses for people working in third sector organisations with the aim of showing Estonian inhabitants the advantages of a command of several languages and creating conditions for learning Estonian.
The umbrella associations of culture societies, societies engaged in youth work and sports associations are expected to submit suggestions for the organisation of language courses, which means that should a non-profit organisation want to make suggestions it has to turn to the umbrella organisation of its respective field to submit the suggestions in the name of the umbrella organisation.
The length of the Estonian language courses is 60−120 academic hours and they will be held from September 2012 to September 2013. MISA will find the organisers of language courses through a procurement that takes into account the suggestions made by the organisations. Classroom learning must be combined with language learning through the main activity of the organisation. In addition to learning in a classroom, the preferred forms of language learning are also learning trips, in-service training, mentored learning, and study tours. In the suggestion round, the cooperative activities of Estonian-speaking and non-Estonian-speaking employees of associations working in different regions, including joint language courses of different organisations, are preferred.
The idea for the suggestions round is MISA’s wish to consider individual needs and specifics of NGOs.
The application for Estonian language instruction prepared in Estonia by MTÜ Vene rahvuskultuuriliste organisatsioonide ühendus "SADKO" (an association of Russian ethnic culture organisations) was approved in the first suggestions round.
Activities are financed within the European Social Fund programme "Language Learning Development 2011−2013" of the measure “Language Learning Development” of the priority axis “Lifelong Education” of the Human Resource Development Operational Programme.