Integration ABC - 3


28.12.2020.

Inviting to get acquainted with the Ukrainian culture on December 30

On Wednesday, December 30 at 17.00, the conversations' evening - meeting online "Cultural Charm" will take place, inviting foreign nationals living in Latvia with their families and representatives of the local community to participate. During the online meeting, the interesents will be able to become more familiar with the traditions and culture of the Ukrainian people.

Latvia is home to approximately 60 thousand Latvian Ukrainians, half of whom speak Ukrainian language. The largest Ukrainian community lives in Riga. In Riga there is a Ukrainian high school, whose graduates manage Ukrainian and Latvian languages freely. The interest in the Ukrainian culture of Latvia is promoted by public organisations. Ukrainian cultural centres are in Ventspils, Rezekne, Liepaja, Daugavpils and Vangazi.

The interesents will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the Ukrainian culture and to learn, how Ukrainians live in Latvia and how they manage to maintain and preserve their national traditions. During the online meeting, the conversation with the representative of the Jekabpils Ukrainian Society "Javir" will be held on the lives and activities of the Ukrainians, both in Jekabpils and Latvia.

The activities "Cultural Charm" are organised to introduce immigrants to the nationalities living in Latvia and to provide the residents with the opportunity to get acquainted with them, to reveal the most vivid features of other cultures and the hidden, invisible cultural facets. Such educational information serves as an assistant to mutual integration processes. The aim of the conversations' evenings is to create a fertile soil for mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue.

The virtual meeting will take place on Zoom platform. The interesents are welcome to participate! The event is for free! More information: Lauma Celma, e-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com

The conversations' evenings - meetings online "Cultural Charm" are the project's "Integration ABC -3" events. The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

For more information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258


27.12.2020.

Inviting to get acquainted with Buryat culture during the virtual event "Cultural Charm" on December 29

On Tuesday, December 29 at 18.00, the conversations' evening - an online meeting "Cultural Charm" will take place, inviting foreign nationals living in Latvia with their families and representatives of the local community to participate. During the online event, the Buryat Society will introduce with the Buryat nation and culture.

During the conversations' evening, the interesents will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the cultural traditions, songs, and dances of the Buryats. The participants will be able to see the splendid national costume of Buryats, learn about the special meaning and symbolism of hand towels, and find out about the traditions of Christmas and New Year's Eve - what are the special rituals that bring happiness.

The activities "Cultural Charm" are organised to introduce immigrants to the nations living in Latvia and to provide the residents with the opportunity to get acquainted with them, to reveal the most vivid features of other cultures and also the hidden, invisible cultural facets. Such educational information serves as an assistant to mutual integration processes. The aim of the conversations' evening is to create a fertile soil for mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue.

The virtual meeting will take place on Zoom platform. The interesents are welcome to participate! The event is for free!

The conversations' evenings - meetings online "Cultural Charm" are the project's "Integration ABC -3" events. The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

For more information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258


10.12.2020.

Inviting integration project participants to "Tolerance Day in Christmas Mood"

In November, the International Day of Tolerance is celebrated around the world to stir public awareness that tolerance is a tribute to the richness of cultures, the individual's self-expression and forms of expression. To strengthen the understanding of these values, an online event "Tolerance Day in Christmas Mood" will take place online on Wednesday 16 December, at 17.00, as part of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The virtual event will take place on the Zoom platform.

A virtual discussion on tolerance, musical performances and masterclasses are scheduled online, inviting foreigners - participants of the project "Integration ABC - 3" living in Latvia, all the involved, as well as representatives of the local community to participate in the event.

The audience of the event will be greeted by the musical performance of the songwriter Arnis Miltins and the address of the head of the project "Integration ABC - 3" and the Board Chairwoman of the society "Cooperation Platform" - Lauma Celma.

The most serious part of the online event will be the discussion on tolerance one hour long, by sharing our thoughts and views on how tolerant we are in Latvia, and how other cultural representatives feel in Latvia. Together, we will explore the experience stories of the participants of the project "Integration ABC - 3" and the assessment of the positive and negative features in Latvian society. Participants from Riga, Rezekne, Liepaja and Jelgava, the Information Centre's for Immigrants lawyers and representatives of the local community will participate in the discussion. The discussion will be led by Inese Subevica, lecturer of the project "Integration ABC - 3".

During the second part of the event from 18.00 to 18.30 the participants will have the opportunity to enjoy musical and dance performances - the ritual dance and greeting from the association "Badarhāns" will be sent by its leader Natalia Siberga and will enjoy the greeting and musical performance in Winter Solstice mood from the Latvian tradition researcher and trainee Gunta Saule. The online event will conclude with the video of Karlis Kazaks' and Diana Kacane's hearty co-song "Between Others in Voices in their Own".

The third part of the event, the masterclass "How do you feel Christmas?" will not take place online, but on an individual basis, in the home and households of project participants. The representatives of each of the participating cities - Riga, Rezekne, Liepaja and Jelgava - will have the opportunity to participate in these masterclasses, to act creatively, to conjure up their Christmas feelings and to share the traditions of celebrating these holidays in their culture. Candle-casting workshops will take place in Riga, Liepaja and Jelgava, while in Rezekne - a loom knitting workshop. The informative materials and materials needed for the masterclasses will be distributed individually to each project participant, who will have contacted the coordinator of the group in advance.

All the project's "Integration ABC - 3" participants and the local community representatives are welcome to participate in the event "Tolerance Day in Christmas Mood". The event is for free! A link to the event platform will be sent to those interested in advance.

The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

For more information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258


09.12.2020.

Inviting to virtual meeting "Cultural Charm" to get acquainted with Russian cultural traditions in Jelgava, on December 17

On Thursday, December 17 at 17.00, the conversations' evening "Cultural Charm" - an online meeting, inviting foreign nationals living in Latvia with their families and representatives of the local community, will take place. During the online meeting the interesents will learn more about the Russian culture, its history and the maintenance of traditions in Jelgava. The virtual meeting will take place on Zoom platform.

The origins of Russian culture in Jelgava started on 9 November 1865, when the Russian club "Kružok" was organised, the founding members of which were merchants, employees of the governorate's chancellery and the Russian army officials. The Russian Community of Latvia was formed in Riga in 1991, while Jelgava formed a section of the Russian Community of Latvia on 14 May 1992, the Chairman of which was Raisa Kozacenko, but the secretary - Mihail Rjabov - both were Jelgava Council councillors at that time. At the time of historically difficult times, the community brought together Russian people, saved and developed Russian language and culture, passed it on to the new generation. Following the re-registration of associations, the Jelgava section of the Russian Community of Latvia became legally and financially independent in 2004 and turned into Jelgava Russian Society "Istok" in 2005. The ensemble "Slavjanočka" was created under the auspices of the society, which still delights listeners and viewers not only in Jelgava, but in whole Latvia and even beyond country borders. Since 2014, the Russian Society of Jelgava "Istok", has been headed by Snezana Zenovjeva. The society "Istok" works successfully with Jelgava Council, the municipal authority "Kultūra" and other public organisations in Latvia and abroad.

In 2018, a children's dance studio "Fresh", a poet association "Egida" and a handicraft club led by L.Rinkuna were established. Since its founding, the Jelgava Russian Society "Istok" has been organizing the Russian Culture Week every year in the city. Although the world has changed in the meantime, traditionally the Russian Culture Week is based on the national values. The Russian Culture Week - it is not just a culturally-historical tradition, but an example of intergenerational inheritance. The events, which take place during this week, help to preserve and develop Russian language and traditions by giving children and grandchildren pride in belonging to the powerful Russian culture. During the 25 years, the Russian Society of Jelgava "Istok" has participated and organised numerous thematic contests and events, including: "Tatiana Day", "The Birth of Christ", "Masļenica", "Silver Age Poetry and Romances", "M.Lermontov Poetry", "In Memory of V.Visocky" ", "Sports Day", "March 8" and many other events.

The event "Cultural Charm" is organised to introduce immigrants with the nations living in Latvia and also to provide the local residents with the opportunity to get acquainted with them, to reveal the most vivid features of other cultures and also the hidden, invisible cultural facets, which would help in mutual integration processes as an educational information. The aim of such conversations' evening is also to ensure the mutual understanding and the development of intercultural dialogue.

The interesents are welcome to participate! The event is free of charge!

The conversations' evening - meeting online "Cultural Charm" is the project's "Integration ABC -3" event. The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

For more information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258


04.12.2020.

Inviting to online event to learn about Christmas traditions

On Wednesday, 9 December 2020 at 11.00, the foreigners living in Latvia with their families, and representatives of the local community, are welcome to an online intercultural event, in which the participants will find out of the most important celebration of Latvian annual traditions - Christmas. The event will take place online on Zoom platform.

The event will be hosted by Gunta Saule, the member of the Katlakalns' folklore group "Rāmupe", presenting the place of Christmas at the turn of the year - as Latvians bless the return of the Sun, what are the main symbols of the festival - Yule log, wolf and goat, pig head, 9 days, food, "puzuri" and others. The audience will also find out what "Bluķa vakars" (Log's evening) is, how and what happens in it, what kind of songs and games were sung and played during the winter solstice. There will also be stories of the masquerading traditions on Christmas time, the masks' images and stories, and an important part of the festival - a feast.

In order to gain insight into the traditions and cultural characteristics of other nations, the participants will be invited to introduce Christmas traditions in their country, or to tell a tale, saying, belief or sing a song.

You are welcome to participate!

Applying to the event and more information: by phone: 26599060 or e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com.

A link to the event platform will be sent a day in advance to the interesents, who will have applied.

The event is one of the intercultural activities' cycle in the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.


24.11.2020.

Inviting to creative lesson "Pearl Crown and Jewellery Workshop" on November 27

On Friday, 27 November, 2020 at 15.00 the foreigners living in Latvia with their families, and representatives of the local community are welcome to attend the creative lesson "Pearl Crown and Jewellery Workshop". It will take place in Riga, Perses Street 9/11, (door code 10) on the 4th floor.

During the exciting workshop, the participants will have a chance to make glamorous pearl crowns and jewellery. A variety of materials will be used in one jewellery piece, indulging in a fantasy. The participants will have an opportunity to supplement the pearl crowns with a variety of accessories and create their most beautiful jewellery.

The participation is free of charge.

Everyone is welcome to participate! Number of participants is limited.

Applying for workshop and more information by phone: 26599060 or e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com.

The creative lesson "Pearl Crown and Jewellery Workshop" is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3", where foreigners living in Latvia participate to become acquainted with the Latvians, Latvian culture and society. The previous workshops have already earned positive feedback from the participants.

The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.


14.10.2020.

Inviting to Turaida Museum Reserve

To get closer to the nature, history, and annual traditional celebrations of Latvia, on Saturday, 24 October 2020, the third-country nationals and representatives of the local community are invited to Turaida Museum Reserve, one of the Latvia's most visited museums.

The participants will be able to take tours accompanied by guides and to get closer to the role of Gauja Livs in the cultural history of Latvia, to visit the medieval palace of Turaida, Turaida Manor, Folk Songs' Park, Dainu Mountain and Song Garden. There will also be an opportunity to learn interactively about the Latvian annual traditions. The tours will take place in Russian and English languages.

Only the project participants are invited to participate in the tour! The participation is free of charge. The number of visitors is limited.

Only those interesents, who will apply to regional coordinators, will be able to participate.

Applying and more information:
Riga
Ramils Kadirovs - e-mail: versante@gmail.com, phone: 26705808
Santa Lāma - e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com, phone: 25884776

Rezekne
Marija Zeltiņa - e-mail: domu.biedri@inbox.lv, phone: 29414010

Jelgava
Linda Vovere - e-mail: linda.vovere@inbox.lv, phone: 29433212

Liepaja
Līga Krēsliņa - e-mail: ligad@inbox.lv, phone: 28452124

The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

For more information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258


09.10.2020.

The International Nations' Friendship Festival will take place in Riga

On Saturday, 17 October 2020, from 12.00 to 16.00, the International Nations' Friendship Festival will take place at the Baltic International Academy (Lomonosova Street 4, Riga). All interesents and those close to Eastern culture are invited to visit a four-hour glorious and diverse programme.

At the beginning of the festival, from 12.00 to 13.00, the visitors are invited to watch the demonstrations of Turkish ebru artists and to participate in masterclasses, drawing and painting on the surface of the water.

At 13.00 a glamorous concert will start designed as a parade of different nations' cultural values. Songs and dances - similar and different - will allow you to realise the essential that permeates every nation's culture and traditions. The concert will be attended by representatives of different nations - Tartars, Bashkirs, Yakuts, Turks, Georgians, Kabardians, Jews, Latvians, Estonians, Cossacks, Indians, and others, presenting the visitors their folk melodies and dance footsteps. Both, folk and modern music will sound, dance groups and individual artists will perform. The concert will be accompanied by gnostic contests in which everyone will be able to check their knowledge of geography, history, culture and get a delicious surprise award.

At the end of the festival at 15.00 the visitors will be able to indulge in the magic of taste - tasting the surprises of national kitchens.

During the whole event, a wide variety of national costumes and masterclasses will be available, with a view to the culture, traditions, and crafts of different nations. During the event, the exhibition of the Traditional Applied Art Studio "Rīdze" (leader Maris Maninsh) will be open.

In parallel to the cultural programme, the foreigners living in Latvia are invited to take advantage of the opportunity and to receive free advice on social and legal issues from professional lawyers - consultants of the Information Centre for Immigrants.

The participation in the festival is for free! All the interesents are welcome!

The festival is supported by the Baltic International Academy, in its' organising, activities and information distribution the Riga higher education institutions and student self-governments have been involved.

The International Nations' Friendship Festival is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

For more information:

Festival's initiator and coordinator Ramil Kadirov
Phone: +371 26705808
E-mail: versante@gmail.com

Project Manager Lauma Celma,
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258


29.09.2020.

Inviting to conversations' evening "Culture Charm" in Jelgava on October 2

On Friday, October 2, the conversations' evening "Culture Charm" will take place at 17.00, at Jelgava City Society Integration Administration (Jelgava, Skolotāju Street 8) for foreign nationals living in Latvia with their families and representatives of the local community. During this evening, the participants will be able to get to know the Chinese culture and learn one of the oldest Chinese customs - the art of tea drinking.

The event will last for approximately 3 hours and will be divided into 2 parts. In the first part, the visitors of the event will be able to get acquainted with the Chinese culture, history and, perhaps, even make an item for themselves as a memory from the event. The second part of the event will include the Chinese tea-drinking arts masterclass, where it will be possible to enjoy tea from a genuine Chinese service.

The event is organised to help the immigrants to integrate into the Latvian environment and to give the local citizens the opportunity to get acquainted with the newcomers, to discover the most vivid features of other cultures, and also the hidden, invisible cultural features, which would help in mutual integration processes as information of a statement. The aim of this evening is also to ensure mutual understanding, the formation of intercultural dialogue, and to promote the acquisition and use of the Latvian language in the public area among immigrants.

The event will be held in English and Latvian languages. The event is for free!

The registration of the participants will be carried out in the application sequence, in accordance with the principles of equality, and will be closed as soon as the planned number of participants will be reached. For the participation in the event, please, apply by phone number 29433212.

The conversations' evening "Culture Charm" is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

For more information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258


27.07.2020.

Inviting to inquire about Māra in Latvian folklore and mythology during the intercultural event on August 7

On Friday, 7 August 2020 at 16.00, all the foreigners living in Latvia with their families and representatives of the local community are welcome to the second intercultural event, devoted to one of the most important deities in the Latvian mythology - Māra. The event will take place in Riga, Pērses Street 9/11, (door code 10) on the 4th floor.

The event will be hosted by the members of the Katlakalns folklore set "Rāmupe". On the contents of the event tells the member of "Rāmupe" Gunta Saule: "We are always thinking about our existence on earth, about our life here and now. About its relationship with nature. On the relationship of everyone to nature because we live on nature - our food is of natural origin. August is special in nature and rural life because it already shows what harvest is - we can already see how generous the sun, rain and other natural conditions have been for us. In antiquity, when people were much more dependent on exactly what was growing in the fields, the deities that had been chosen for human support and a source of power, were very important. In our, Latvian, mythical, and spiritual grasp of the world, we can call Māra as a mother of nature. The supervisor of our local world. Māra looks after our lives and health. And after natural life and health. Māra has her cows and her cereal fields. However, Māra also owns forests, meadows, shrubs, the sea, rivers, roads, and everything we are connected with every day. In our lesson, we will talk and sing about Māra and will meet her world."

In order to gain insight into the traditions and cultural characteristics of other nations, the foreigners living in Latvia will be invited to introduce similar deities, paying homage to them in their land and country, or to tell a national tale, saying, belief, or sing a song.

Participation is for free.

We welcome to participate! Number of participants is limited.

Applying to the event and more information: phone: +371 26599060 or e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com.

The event is one of the intercultural activities' cycle in the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

23.07.2020.

Inviting foreigners living in Latvia to interest and together-creating events in Rezekne

In order to promote the inclusion of foreign nationals living in Latvia in the society, the third-country nationals and representatives of the local community are welcome to joint interest and creation events in Latgale - Rezekne, as part of the project "Integration ABC - 3". At the end of July and in August, a series of events are expected in the events cycle "Meeting at a Tea Cup", introducing the culture and traditions of Latvians and other nations, along with the folklore friends' group "Vīteri" and its leader Sandra Stare.

During the events, the special attention will be paid particularly to tea - a drink used worldwide. However, different nations have both, similar and different tea-drinking traditions and customs. The visitors will have the opportunity to investigate the habits and traditions of some nations on 5 tea afternoons - both, in tea making and drinking, and in values characterising the culture. There will be a narration at each meeting, practical lessons will follow, and joint singing and playing of games.

Programme of the "Let's meet at a Cup of Tea" cycle:

  • 29 July - "Annual traditions in Latvia, table songs and tea in Latvian tastes";
  • 3 August - "Table songs in Latgalian language, tea drinking with the herbal medicine specialist Rozalija Mezatuca, fireweed fermented tea, "Latgale gold";
  • 10 August - "Table songs and tea in Indian tastes";
  • 17 August - "Table songs and tea in Slavic traditions - Ukrainians, Russians, Belarusians";
  • 24 August - "Table songs and tea in Polish traditions, playing and dancing".

    All the events will take place at the premises of the theatre "Joriks" in Rezekne, Atbrīvošanas Alley 97, beginning - at 16.00.

    Another special event will take place on 29 July - at 15.30 an exhibition of the works created during the plein air painting will be opened in the premises of the theatre "Joriks". The participants of the project "Integration ABC - 3" jointly acquired and developed drawing and painting skills. Now this exhibition will be available to a wider audience.

    We are inviting to apply in advance for the events! Registration of participants for the events will be performed in the application sequence. Entry - for free.

    Applying for the events and more information: Marija Dubicka, phone: +371 29414010, e-mail: domu.biedri@inbox.lv

    The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.


    08.06.2020.

    Inviting to Midsummer's Eve celebration event on June 12

    On Friday, 12 June 2020 from 16.00 to 17.30 the foreigners living in Latvia with families and representatives of the local community are welcome to the Midsummer's Eve celebration event. It will take place in Riga, Perses Street 9/11, (door code 10) on the 4th floor.

    The Midsummer Day Jāņi is coming. In the Northern Hemisphere of our globe, it is summer solstice - the most beautiful time when everything thrives, blooms and smells in nature. The sun rises above the sky over the course of the day, the days are the longest and nights - the shortest. Many people are particularly celebrating and enjoying this festival. Also, in Latvia. The Latvian oldest traditions of Jāņi celebration are particularly beautiful. Many of them have remained from the old times, such as the preparation long before the festival itself.

    The event on June 12 will also be a preparation for festivities - we will wreath, learn a simple Jāņi song - a Līgo song, a dance, or a game, which will be useful when celebrating Jāņi. Will find out what the traditional Jāņi dishes and drinks are. The knowledge of Jāņi celebration traditions will be shared by the members of the Katlakalns' folklore group "Rāmupe".

    To gain insight into the traditions of other nations, the foreigners living in Latvia will be invited to introduce the annual festivities in their countries and states, or to tell a tale of their people, or sing a song.

    Participation is for free.

    We welcome to participate! Number of participants is limited.

    Applying to the workshop and more information: phone 26599060 or e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com.

    The Midsummer's Eve celebration event is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.


    02.06.2020.

    Inviting to a creative beading workshop on June 5

    On Friday, 5th June 2020 from 16.00 to 19.00 the foreigners living in Latvia with families and representatives of the local community are welcome to attend an educational, creative lesson - a beading workshop. It will take place in Riga, Pērses Street 9/11, (door code 10) on the 4th floor.

    Beading is like a miraculous world full of pearls of different colours, decorative glassware, buttons, ribbons, pieces of bright fabrics. By assembling these gorgeous, beautiful little trinkets in an ornamental pattern, a surprise can be obtained - every time a different jewellery. It is a creative process, and the possibility of bringing out new and new ideas is the most binding aspect of embroidering pearls. There are no two equal pieces of hand-made jewellery in the world. In addition, beading is also a great way of forgetting the daily stress and the rush to get to know yourself and your feelings. Many other things could be embroidered - bags, wallets, belt earrings, rings, brooks, cutters, bracelets, etc. There are a lot of opportunities, just let a whale's fantasy and the fun of work.

    In an exciting workshop, we will learn the basics of beading technique and will learn to make a lovely bracelet with our own hands.

    Participation is for free.

    We welcome to participate! Number of participants is limited.

    Applying to the workshop and more information: phone 26599060 or e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com.

    The creative beading workshop is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.


    16.05.2020.

    On May 20 inviting to a workshop to create mouth and nose covers

    On Wednesday, 20 May 2020, from 16.30 to 19.30 the foreigners living in Latvia with families and representatives of the local community are welcome to attend a creative lesson - workshop for the making of mouth and nose covers. The workshop will take place in Riga, Perses Street 9/11, (door code 10) on the 4th floor.

    In the context of national protective measures and the decision taken that passengers will be obliged to wear mouth and nose covers in the public transport; we offer to make such covers with our own forces. During one workshop you can learn basic skills and get information how to creative a wonderful protective mask with your own hands. Each participant of the workshop will be able to fit into the role of the artist and make a daily face cover for both, himself and his/her closest.

    In the creative workshop programme:

  • cover materials,
  • different techniques for the making of masks.

    You are welcome to apply! The participation is for free. The number of participants is limited.

    Applying for workshop and more information through phone: +371 26599060 or email: laama.santa@gmail.com.

    The workshop on May 20 will be the one in a series of events of common interest entitled "I and You = We". More lessons will follow, inviting for creative and practical work and learning new skills. Such educational events in a creative atmosphere are organised to promote joint links and communication between third-country nationals and Latvian society.

    The workshop for the making of mouth and nose covers is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    More information:
    Santa Lama, phone: 26599060
    E-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com
    https://www.mensarius.lv/index.php/lv/

    28.04.2020.

    Invite foreign nationals (non EU citizens) living in Latvia to use the Covid-19 crisis time efficiently – to participate in the free of charge online integration courses about about Latvia's culture, history, legislation , social, educational and health services system and getting these services, as well as business and job opportunities in Latvia.

    Special attention - how to survive during the Covid-19 pandemic - how and where to find crisis aid (for business, humans),how to submit documents to institutions, how to use the electronic signature, what does working remotely mean, where to turn for assistance if a company stops its work, how to obtain an idle allowance? Also we will work with your questions.

    Cooordinator: Ramil Kadyrov, versante@gmail.com,+371 26705808 (whatsapp)

    Registration form

    We will start free of charge online Integration course when will be at least 15 applications


    17.04.2020.

    We invite foreign nationals living in Latvia to apply for online integration courses

    We invite foreign nationals living in Latvia to use the Covid-19 crisis time efficiently and fertile - to participate in online integration courses, in which it will be possible to explore the most significant things about Latvia's history, culture, legislation and knowledge of the social, educational and health services system, as well as business opportunities in Latvia.

    In order to better integrate and understand Latvian society, foreign nationals currently living in Latvia - third-country nationals or immigrants are invited to apply for integration courses. The courses are free of charge.

    Special attention in the lecture programme is given to the situation connected with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic - how and where to find crisis aid, how to submit documents to institutions, how to use the electronic signature, what does working remotely mean, where to turn for assistance if a company stops its work, how to obtain an idle allowance?

    What are Latvia's economy, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? Where, in the current virtual environment, can you get the information about Latvia's culture? The interesents will receive answers to these and many other questions in integration courses.

    The attention will also be paid to Latvian language - how to study it independently, what are the opportunities and solutions for learning Latvian, what are the colloquial speech clubs?

    The remote training will be organised both, as lectures and as practical consultations. The online lecture will be conducted by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training languages - Latvian, Russian or English.

    The integration courses will take place online on project Integration's ABC Facebook account (closed group).

    Applying and more information:

    Lecture coordinator Ramils Kadirovs, e-mail: versante@gmail.com, phone: 26705808,
    lecture coordinator Santa Lāma, e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com, phone: 26599060.

    We welcome foreign nationals living in Latvia to attend courses in order to find out more about Latvia and Latvians. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    27.03.2020.

    We invite foreigners living in Latvia - imigrants to apply for virtual integration course lessons.

    Only briefly did the events with the spread of the Covid-19 virus stoped the activities of project Integration ABC - 3. We are continuing activities and moving to another form of training - training in the digital environment.

    The participation is free of charge. You are welcome to apply! The number of participants is limited.

    The application for courses and more information by phone: +371 26599060 or e-mail: santa@mensariuss.lv

    The creative decoupage workshop is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.


    28.02.2020.

    Inviting to a creative workshop of decoupage on March 6

    On Friday, March 6, 2020 from 16.00 to 19.00 foreigners, living in Latvia with families, and representatives of the local community are welcome to attend an educational, creative lesson - a workshop of decoupage. It will take place in Riga, Perses Street 9/11, (door code 10) on the 4th floor.

    Decoupage (ancient decoration technique) is an interesting and surprising method of designing different objects. It's a decorative technique used to decorate practically anything - porcelain, plastic, wood, paper, glass and even fabric. Using of the right working materials - furniture, container sets, wooden boxes and even footwear and clothing - brings a new and unique value.

    Decoupage technique is excellent because you don't have to be able to draw, and the process is not irreversible, because it is possible to create a composition that seems most suitable for the subject. Decoupage allows anyone to feel fit into the role of an artist. You can learn basic skills and get information during one lesson, so you can create wonderful jobs with your own hands. At the time, each will make a practicable object.

    In the creative lesson's programme:

  • basic materials and techniques of decoupage,
  • design of household objects.

    During the fascinating lesson, we will learn the basics of decoupage technique, will learn to create adorable dishes and interior accessories with our own hands, and will let the interior articles live a second life.

    The participation is free of charge.

    You are welcome to apply! The number of participants is limited.

    The application for workshop and more information by phone: +371 25884776

    or e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com.

    The workshop on March 6 will be the first in a series of events of common interest entitled "I and You = We". 4 more lessons will follow, inviting for creative and practical work and learning new skills. Such educational events in a creative atmosphere are organised to promote joint links and communication between third-country nationals and Latvian society.

    The creative decoupage workshop is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    14.02.2020.

    Inviting for joint interest and together-creating events in Liepaja and Ventspils

    Third-country nationals and representatives of the local community are welcome to joint interest and together-creating events in Kurzeme region - Liepaja and Ventspils.

    From February to mid-June, a series of events will be organised to show Latvia's culture and traditions:

  • February 19 at 18.00 in Liepaja - celebrating of the Shrovetide (Metenis) together with the folklore group "Atštaukas".
  • March 18 at 18.00 in Ventspils - celebrating of the Great Day (peasants' celebration) together with the folklore group "Atštaukas". The narrator Līga Reitere will participate, introducing medicine teas, vargan playing, shaman drums and dialects.
  • From March 19 until the summer, every Thursday at 18.00 in Liepaja, the programme's "Austra's Children" rehearsals will take place in Austra's Room to perform at the event. The concert programme will be prepared in cooperation with Austra's Society; the performances will be staged by the Society's representative Simona Rača.
  • March 28 at 19.00 in Liepaja - the joint visiting of the multi-media concert show "Seasons" (Gadalaiki) in concert hall "Great Amber".
  • April 9 at 18.00 in Liepaja - celebrating of Easter together with the folklore group "Atštaukas".
  • May 6 at 18.00 in Liepaja - the White Day celebration together with the folklore group "Atštaukas", introducing the White Tablecloth Day, christening and wedding traditions.
  • May 17 at 12.00 - excursion through Liepaja. In the programme: the historic part of Liepaja, Karosta, St. Anna Lutheran Church, Latvian musicians' glory alley and other remarkable places.
  • June 18 at 18.00 - celebrating of Summer solstice together with the folklore group "Atštaukas".

    We're inviting to apply! Registration of participants for events will be carried out in the application sequence!

    Application for the events and more information: Līga Krēsliņa,
    e-mail: ligad@inbox.lv, phone: +371 28452124.

    The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    04.02.2020.

    Last year, 243 foreigners living in Latvia attended integration courses

    In order to promote the inclusion of foreigners - third-country nationals and immigrants living in Latvia into the Latvian society, the organisation "Cooperation Platform" has been implementing the project "Integration ABC - 3" since autumn 2019. As part of the project, last year in Riga and four other cities in Latvia - Liepaja, Rezekne, Jelgava and Cesis - free training - integration courses were organised.

    In order to get to know closer Latvia and Latvians, the integration courses by the end of December last year attended 14 groups of 243 foreigners: in Riga - 9 groups, 156 members, Liepaja - 2 groups, 36 members, Cesis - 1 group, 20 members, Rezekne - 1 group, 16 members and Jelgava - 1 group, 15 members.

    Among the visitors of the integration course were representatives from 30 countries: Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Serbia, China, Mongolia, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Yemen, Pakistan, Israel, Egypt, Algeria, Syria, USA, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Australia and New Zealand.

    The content of the courses is designed to help third-country nationals and immigrants focus on basic issues about Latvia's country, political situation, history, culture and traditions, and in practical and mundane life situations. The main interest among participants in integration courses was caused by the topic of starting a business in Latvia and the practical issues related to it.

    In January and February 2020, free courses are continuing in all regions of Latvia, and the foreigners interested in are invited to apply. It is planned that the project "Integration ABC - 3" will train 750 foreign nationals living in Latvia in total. In order to find out more about the content, duration and lecturers of the courses, all the interested are invited to contact the training coordinators in Riga, Liepaja, Jelgava and Rezekne.

    The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    05.12.2019.

    Training for third-country nationals and immigrants took place in Zemgale region this autumn. The integration courses in Jelgava were attended by 15 foreign nationals living in Latvia, including a Turk, Indian, Kazakh, Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian, 3 Georgians, 2 Azerbaijani and 4 Syrians.

    The visitors of the course gained insight into the history of Latvia, the political system, the economy, became aware of the situation in the labour market, employment, learned of opportunities to work or build their own business, and got new knowledge and impression on Latvian culture and traditions!

    In January 2020, training in Jelgava will continue, and third-country nationals and immigrants already living in Latvia are invited to apply for integration courses!

    Applying and more information:

    Lecture coordinator Linda Vovere, linda.vovere@inbox.lv, phone: +371 29433212.

    The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Integration courses' participants are invited to the event at the Latvian National Museum of Art
    26.10.2019.

    In order to present Latvian culture and its values to the foreigners, living in Latvia, a few days before the national holidays, on Saturday, November 16, 2019 the event "Intercultural Day" will take place at the Latvian National Museum of Art (Jaņa Rozentāla Square 1, Riga). Third country nationals and immigrants - the participants of the project "Integration ABC - 3" from Rezekne, Jelgava, Cesis, Liepāja and Riga and the local community representatives are invited to participate.

    In the first part of the event at 14.00 the participants will be invited to a meeting at a teacup, in which the participants will get acquainted with the tea drinking traditions in Latvia, and will be able to tell about their country's tea drinking and guest reception habits. In the mood of the upcoming birthday of Latvia, the participants will see a short film about important symbols and fundamental values of Latvia. The folklore group "Siguldieši" will welcome the guests with the musical performance, will demonstrate the Latvian national costume, will tell about the celebration of the traditional festivals, and will invite everyone to dance and play.

    In the second part of the event from 15.00 to 16.00 the participants of the event will have guided tours that will introduce with the Latvian National Museum of Art, which stores significant cultural and artistic values of Latvia. The tours will pass through all of the most significant "stops" telling of the building's history, architecture and the context of the era. It will be a story of more than a century, beginning with the idea of the need for an art museum in Baltics and resulting with the ambitious reconstruction of the building in years 2013 - 2015. The participants will have an opportunity to see the permanent exhibition of the museum, to track the overall picture of Latvian art history throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and to get to know the most important artists and their artworks. The tours will take place in English and Russian languages.

    The number of participants is limited.

    The event is for free!

    The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Immigrants living in Latvia are invited to free integration courses in Riga
    23.09.2019.

    In order to promote the inclusion of persons, who are third-country nationals and who are legally residents in Latvia (immigrants) in Latvian society, free of charge lessons - integration courses will take place in Riga and other Riga region places into the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 3".

    The participants of the integration courses will explore the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country, its political system, acquire knowledge of the social, educational and health services system in Latvia and accessibility, will get to know the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunities to work or build their own business, as well as knowledge of Latvian culture, traditions and skills in the development of intercultural dialogue.

    What are Latvia's economics, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? To these and many other questions the participants will receive answers in integration courses. The training will be organised as lectures and practical consultations. The courses will be led by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training languages -Latvian, Russian or English - interpreters of other languages will be invited, if necessary.

    In Riga the integration courses will start on October 8, 2019 at 18.00.

    Application and more information:

    courses' coordinator Ramils Kadirovs, e-mail: versante@gmail.com , phone: 26705808,

    courses' coordinator Ilze Norvaiša, e-mail: norvaisailze@gmail.com, phone: 29812232.

    To find out more about the content, duration and lecturers of the courses, please, contact the courses' coordinator.

    We warmly welcome the foreign nationals living in Latvia to attend the courses, in order to get to know Latvia and Latvians! The integration courses are for free. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    The project "Integration ABC - 3" is implemented by the society "Cooperation Platform" in the framework the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Immigrants living in Latvia are invited to free integration courses in Rezekne
    23.09.2019.

    In order to promote the inclusion of persons, who are third-country nationals and who are legally residents in Latvia (immigrants) in Latvian society, free of charge lessons - integration courses will take place in Rezekne and other Latgale towns into the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 3".

    The participants of the integration courses will explore the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country, its political system, acquire knowledge of the social, educational and health services system in Latvia and accessibility, will get to know the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunities to work or build their own business, as well as knowledge of Latvian culture, traditions and skills in the development of intercultural dialogue.

    What are Latvia's economics, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? To these and many other questions the participants will receive answers in integration courses. The training will be organised as lectures and practical consultations. The courses will be led by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training languages -Latvian, Russian or English - interpreters of other languages will be invited, if necessary.

    In Rezekne the integration courses will start on October 12, 2019 at 10.00.

    Application and more information:

    courses' coordinator Sanda Kauliņa, e-mail: sanda.kaulina@ru.lv , phone: 26443176.

    To find out more about the content, duration and lecturers of the courses, please, contact the courses' coordinator.

    We warmly welcome the foreign nationals living in Latvia to attend the courses, in order to get to know Latvia and Latvians! The integration courses are for free. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    The project "Integration ABC - 3" is implemented by the society "Cooperation Platform" in the framework the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Immigrants living in Latvia are invited to free integration courses in Liepaja
    23.09.2019.

    In order to promote the inclusion of persons, who are third-country nationals and who are legally residents in Latvia (immigrants) in Latvian society, free of charge lessons - integration courses will take place in Liepaja and other Kurzeme towns into the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 3".

    The participants of the integration courses will explore the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country, its political system, acquire knowledge of the social, educational and health services system in Latvia and accessibility, will get to know the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunities to work or build their own business, as well as knowledge of Latvian culture, traditions and skills in the development of intercultural dialogue.

    What are Latvia's economics, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? To these and many other questions the participants will receive answers in integration courses. The training will be organised as lectures and practical consultations. The courses will be led by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training languages -Latvian, Russian or English - interpreters of other languages will be invited, if necessary.

    In Liepaja the integration courses will start on October 12, 2019 at 10.00.

    Application and more information:

    courses' coordinator Sintija Leigute, e-mail: sintija.leigute@liepu.lv, phone: 29944679.

    To find out more about the content, duration and lecturers of the courses, please, contact the courses' coordinator.

    We warmly welcome the foreign nationals living in Latvia to attend the courses, in order to get to know Latvia and Latvians! The integration courses are for free. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    The project "Integration ABC - 3" is implemented by the society "Cooperation Platform" in the framework the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Immigrants living in Latvia are invited to free integration courses in Jelgava
    23.09.2019.

    In order to promote the inclusion of persons, who are third-country nationals and who are legally residents in Latvia (immigrants) in Latvian society, free of charge lessons - integration courses will take place in Jelgava and other Zemgale towns into the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 3".

    The participants of the integration courses will explore the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country, its political system, acquire knowledge of the social, educational and health services system in Latvia and accessibility, will get to know the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunities to work or build their own business, as well as knowledge of Latvian culture, traditions and skills in the development of intercultural dialogue.

    What are Latvia's economics, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? To these and many other questions the participants will receive answers in integration courses. The training will be organised as lectures and practical consultations. The courses will be led by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training languages -Latvian, Russian or English - interpreters of other languages will be invited, if necessary.

    In Jelgava the integration courses will start on October 22, 2019 at 16.00.

    Application and more information:

    courses' coordinator Linda Vovere, e-mail: linda.vovere@inbox.lv , phone: 29433212.

    To find out more about the content, duration and lecturers of the courses, please, contact the courses' coordinator.

    We warmly welcome the foreign nationals living in Latvia to attend the courses, in order to get to know Latvia and Latvians! The integration courses are for free. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    The project "Integration ABC - 3" is implemented by the society "Cooperation Platform" in the framework the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Immigrants living in Latvia are invited to free integration courses in Cesis
    23.09.2019.

    In order to promote the inclusion of persons, who are third-country nationals and who are legally residents in Latvia (immigrants) in Latvian society, free of charge lessons - integration courses will take place in Cesis and other Vidzeme towns into the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 3".

    The participants of the integration courses will explore the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country, its political system, acquire knowledge of the social, educational and health services system in Latvia and accessibility, will get to know the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunities to work or build their own business, as well as knowledge of Latvian culture, traditions and skills in the development of intercultural dialogue.

    What are Latvia's economics, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? To these and many other questions the participants will receive answers in integration courses. The training will be organised as lectures and practical consultations. The courses will be led by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training languages -Latvian, Russian or English - interpreters of other languages will be invited, if necessary.

    In Cesis the integration courses will start on November 9, 2019 at 10.00.

    Application and more information:

    courses' coordinator Baiba Zalcmane, e-mail: baiba.zalcmane@gmail.com , phone: 27511378.

    To find out more about the content, duration and lecturers of the courses, please, contact the courses' coordinator.

    We warmly welcome the foreign nationals living in Latvia to attend the courses, in order to get to know Latvia and Latvians! The integration courses are for free. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    The project "Integration ABC - 3" is implemented by the society "Cooperation Platform" in the framework the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258



    The project "Integration ABC - 3" starts to get the immigrants to know Latvia's culture and Latvians
    17.08.2019.

    In order to promote the inclusion of persons, who are third-country nationals and who are legally residents in Latvia (immigrants) in Latvian society, from August this year until 31st December 2020, the society "Cooperation Platform", in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House", is implementing the project "Integration ABC - 3".

    The main tasks of the project are to introduce a high-quality integration course programme for immigrants and to organise interactive, educational and mutual awareness-raising measures for representatives of both foreign nationals living in Latvia and the host society. The main activities in the course of the project will be integration courses, the Latvian Colloquial Speech Club, activities promoting intercultural communication, as well as joint and common interest activities under the theme "I and You = We".

    The successful integration is possible, if immigrants are given the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge of the history, culture, political situation and institutions of the local community. The participants of the integration courses will explore the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country, its political system, acquire knowledge of the social, educational and health services system in Latvia and accessibility, will get to know about the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunities to work or build their own business, as well as knowledge of Latvian culture, traditions and skills in the development of a dialogue. During the free of charge integration courses are planned to train 750 immigrants in the regions of Riga, Zemgale, Kurzeme, Vidzeme and Latgale.

    In its turn, the lessons of the Latvian Colloquial Speech Club will be dedicated to strengthen Latvian language skills in an informal and friendly atmosphere, promoting the daily application of language and reducing the speech barrier. The club's activities are also planned in all regions of Latvia.

    When introducing immigrants to the culture of Latvian and other peoples living in Latvia, four measures promoting intercultural communication and socialisation will be organised. At the end of this year, the Intercultural Day will take place, in which immigrants, together with representatives of the local community, will be able to become acquainted with the Latvian National Museum of Art and meet in a joint afternoon at a teacup. Next year, one of the world's oldest festivals for spring solstice - NovRouge will be celebrated at the Spring Festival of Friendship. It will be possible to get to know to the Latvian Easter traditions, ancient crafts and cultural and historical heritage on Tradition Day at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia. A diverse programme is also planned in a cycle of events dedicated to Tolerance Day: master classes for getting acquainted with different peoples' cultures, discussions on tolerance, its understanding and examples in everyday life, as well as the concert "Kaleidoscope of Songs and Dances" with the artistic collective participation of Poles, Buryats, Russians and Latvians.

    The immigrants will be invited to participate creatively and actively in joint and common interest measures. For example, a small concert programme will be created in Liepaja together with the Austra's children, in Rezekne - a theatrical show, but in Riga a musical show will be created. The meetings at the teacup, joint tours, talking evenings "Cultural Charm", painting lessons, creative workshops and many other activities are also planned.

    The project "Integration ABC - 3" is implemented by the society "Cooperation Platform" in the framework the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258

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