To participate in these courses you need to have Estonian living permit. Learn more about the programme in here.

The module for children and teenagers

The module for children and teenagers is meant for newly relocated children and teenagers: those aged 3–15. The purpose of the module is to give children and teenagers basic knowledge about Estonia in a playful and interactive manner which is appropriate to their age. The module places a lot of emphasis on playful learning and comprises a variety of activities and topics. Supporting the process of children’s socialisation by ensuring they have a mentally and physically secure environment and opportunities to socialise with their peers is also important. The training module for children and teenagers is carried out by trained specialists.

Purpose

The purpose of this training course is to help children and young people accommodate to Estonian society by means of acquiring knowledge about the functioning of the state and society, about daily life in Estonia and studying here as well as the country’s cultural environment.

The training module for children and young people is taught by experienced specialists of the field.

For parents

There are several options for participating in the module:

• the parent leaves the child in the group studying the module for children and teenagers and participates in the family module training course which takes place at the same time;
• the parent brings the child to take part in the module for children and teenagers, leaves the child in the care of the instructor, and picks up the child at the end of the training day;
• the parent participates in the module for children and teenagers together with the child.

 

Contact:

Expat Relocation Estonia
info@settleinestonia.ee

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During the training course, the basic topics will be discussed which children and teenagers arriving in Estonia could benefit from knowing in order to accommodate to Estonian society.

The following topics will be discussed in the training course for children and teenagers:

  • History, geography, and nature of Estonia
  • Traditions and customs of Estonians
  • Unique features of Estonian culture
  • Estonian culture of studying
  • Recreation options and preferences of Estonian children and teenagers
  • Involvement of young people in society
  • Children’s rights
  • Options for getting help in an emergency
  • Legal prohibitions and restrictions for children and teenagers
  • In the course of the training day, children and young people will be able to do the following:
  • study, discover and experiment;
  • learn through their own experience and compare Estonia to their country of origin;
  • freely express their opinions;
  • socialise with others of their age and practice teamwork with them.

After completing the training module, the child or teenager will:

  • know where to find additional information about Estonia’s history, geography and nature;
  • know the traditions and customs of Estonians;
  • be able to compare the cultural characteristics of their country of origin and Estonia;
  • have an overview of where to find additional information about recreation options and preferences of Estonian children and teenagers;
  • have an overview of teenagers’ social involvement and open youth centres;
  • have an overview of children’s rights and know where to turn to for help;
  • have age-appropriate knowledge of where to get additional information about legal restrictions concerning alcohol, narcotics, tobacco products, staying out at night and violations of public order.

For the activities, the children and teenagers will be divided into groups. The age distribution of children and teenagers participating in the training course and the duration of their activities are as follows:

  • 3–5 years old – 5 h,
  • 6–8 years old – 5 h,
  • 9–12 years old – 8 h,
  • 13–15 years old – 8 h

Children aged 3–5 and 6–8

Learning through play and support in socialisation processes are important for children at that age. A psychologically and physically secure environment is established for the activities, fostering the children’s communication with others of their age as well as the discussion of new topics.

Various games involving movement or singing, and board games related to the topics being discussed are used as training methods. in addition, simple real-life situations which children may encounter in Estonia are played out (e.g. going to the  kindergarten, calling emergency services, etc.).

The activities are organised to combine various knowledge domains, for example, language, mathematics, natural sciences, music, movement, hand-eye co-ordination activities. The instructors use these to introduce Estonian culture, nature, symbols, history, geography and folk heritage. The activities are performed in groups and smaller subgroups, fostering the children’s communication with one another and team-based learning. Age-appropriate means of information technology are also used.

Teenagers aged 9–12 and 13–15

In training teenagers of the above age groups, attention is paid to relating and comparing their earlier experiences with the Estonian context when the topics of the training course are discussed. The teenagers are encouraged to talk to one another as much as possible and also to establish connections with Estonian culture and environment through relating their previous experiences. Digital technology and the teenagers’ own smart devices are used if possible as those help introduce the opportunities Estonia offers as an e-country and provide information about the options and services for teenagers in Estonia.

The training methods used are content discussions for the teenagers to introduce themselves and share experiences which can be linked to Estonia as well as exercises in groups and pairs. Most of the activities are performed in small groups, which helps the teenagers to become acquainted and converse with one another and also accept one another.

The teenagers are given various tasks that can be solved by using their learned skills and searching for information from the means provided to them, incl. their own smart devices. Various games enhancing proactive behaviour are also used in order to encourage the teenagers to be proactive and to create an environment supportive of learning, for example, movement or board games as well as folk and singing games related to Estonia.

Such an integrative and activity-based way of learning makes the teenagers’ learning experience fruitful and exciting.

The training course for children and teenagers lasts for 5 hours (1 day) and its general schedule is as follows:

10:00 – 11:00 First set of topics
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Second set of topics
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 13:45 Third set of topics
13:45 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:00 Fourth set of topics

 

The training course organisers will be providing juice and snacks to the children during the training day.
The training day ends with a discussion, and this is when the children and teenagers are to talk about what they have learned and can ask questions about what else they want to know about Estonia.
After the training day, the instructors will prepare a summary for the parents, and feedback will be provided about the topics discussed and the activities performed during the training day.
For more information about the module for children and teenagers, please contact the instructors: info@settleinestonia.ee