Children and young people
The purpose of this training is to help children and young people accommodate to Estonian society through acquiring knowledge about the functioning of the state and the society, about Estonian daily life, studies and cultural environment.
The training module for children and young people is conducted by experienced specialists of the field.
There are several opportunities for participating in the module:
- the parent leaves the child in the children and young people module and simultaneously participates in the family module training course that takes place at the same time;
- the parent brings the child to take part in the children and young people module, leaves the child in the care of a teacher, and picks up the child at the end of the training day;
- the parent participates in the children and young people module together with the child.
In the course of the training, main topics will be discussed that children and young people arriving in Estonia could benefit from knowing in order to accommodate to Estonian society.
The following topics will be discussed in the training for children and young people:
- Estonia’s history, geography, nature
- The traditions and customs of Estonians
- The specifics of Estonian culture
- Estonian learning culture
- The recreational habits and opportunities of Estonian children and young people
- The involvement of young people in the society
- The rights of children
- The possibilities to get help in an emergency
- Legal prohibitions and restrictions for children and young people
In the course of the training day, children and young people can:
- study, discover and experiment;
- learn through own experience and compare Estonia to their original country;
- actively express their opinions;
- communicate with others of their age and develop co-operation with them.
After completing the training module, the child or young person 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 specifics of their original country and Estonia;
- have an overview of where to find additional information about recreational habits and opportunities of Estonian children and young people;
- have an overview of the involvement of young people and of open youth centres;
- have an overview of the rights of children and know where to turn to in order to get help;
- have age-appropriate knowledge of where to get additional information about legal restrictions on alcohol, narcotics, tobacco products, staying out at night and violations of public order.
For the activities, the children and young people will be divided into groups. The age distribution of children and young people participating in the training 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 of 3-5 years and 6-8 years
Learning through playing and support for their socialisation processes are important for children at that age. A psychologically and physically secure environment is established for the activities, supporting the children’s communication with others of their age as well as the discussion of new topics.
Various topical movement, singing and tabletop games are used as training methods. Also, simpler situations from real life that children may encounter in Estonia are acted through (e.g. attending kindergarten, calling emergency services, etc.).
Various domains are integrated when conducting the activities, for example language, mathematics, natural sciences, music, movement, hand-eye co-ordination activities, through which the trainers introduce Estonian culture, nature, symbols, history, geography and folk heritage. The activities are performed in groups and smaller subgroups, supporting the children's communication with each other and their co-operative learning. Also, the opportunities of age-appropriate information technology means are used.
Young people of 9-12 years and 13-15 years
In training young people of that age, attention is paid to relating and comparing their earlier experiences with Estonian context when discussing the topics. The young people are directed to communicate with each other as much as possible, and also encouraged to establish connections to Estonian culture and environment through introducing their earlier experiences. Digital technology and the young people’s own smart devices are used if possible, as those help introduce the possibilities of Estonia as an e-country and provide information about the opportunities and services created for young people in Estonia.
The training methods used are content discussions to introduce the young people and their experiences and to connect those to Estonia, as well as exercises in groups and pairs. Most of the activities are performed in small groups, supporting the young people in getting to know, converse with and accept each other.
The young people are given various tasks that can be solved by using their learned skills and searching for information from the means provided to them, incl. by their own smart devices. Various activeness-enhancing games are also used in order to support the young people’s activeness and to create an environment supportive of learning, for example tabletop, movement, folk and singing games related to Estonia.
This integrative and activity-based way of learning makes the young people’s learning experience fruitful and exciting.
The children and young people participating in the training day will also receive training materials encompassing the topics discussed at the training.
The Structure of the Training Day
The training for children and young people 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
11:15 – 12:15
Second set of topics
12:15 – 12:30
12:30 – 13:45
Third set of topics
13:45 – 14:30
14:30 – 15:00
Fourth set of topics and wrap-up
The training’s organisers will offer juice and snacks to the children during the training day.
The training day ends with a discussion where the children and young people will tell about what they learned and can ask questions about what else they want to know about Estonia.
After the training day, the trainers 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 young people, please contact the trainers: firstname.lastname@example.org