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Foreigners living in Latvia are invited to the Intercultural Day in the National Library of Latvia

In order to introduce foreigners living in Latvia with Latvian culture and its values, the project Integration ABC - 2017 invites to the Intercultural Day that will take place in the National Library of Latvia (NLL) on November 4, 2017. The immigrants - integration course participants from Jelgava, Liepaja, Rezekne and Riga are invited to participate. The programme includes guided tours, meetings at a cup of tea and consultations.

From 12.00 to 14.00 p.m., the participants will have the organised excursion in the NLL building - Castle of Light, which is both the library in the traditional sense and also the culture, education and science centre. The library visit has been chosen, because it has become one of the most prominent symbols of Latvia with a rich store of knowledge and Latvian language.

During the tour the participants will be able to explore the wide range of possibilities offered by the NLL, to look at the historical articles, receiving the additional information and clarifications. Special attention will be given to the Cabinet of Folksongs, which was included in the UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in 2001, in particular highlighting its unique content and links with the still living intangible heritage of traditions in Latvia. The participants will have an opportunity to look at the Riga panorama of 360 degrees, to see which money banknotes were used in Latvia before euro and visit the Latvia 100 Office, where the information is available on the measures and activities devoted to Latvia's centenary. In the library's foyer everyone will be able to view the NLL permanent exposition Book in Latvia - 21st Century and the new shape's inspired story about Latvia's book publishing history in global context. The tours will take place in Russian and English languages.

From 14.00 to 16.30 p.m. the participants will be invited to a meeting at a cup of tea in the NLL Conference Centre Great Hall's Part A for a meeting over a cup of tea. The foreigners will have the opportunity to present their national tea drinking traditions and watch the short film about Latvia. The musical performances will give the folklore group Kokle. The group's participants will tell about Latvian tea drinking traditions, will demonstrate Latvian national costumes and will invite to participate in joint dances and plays.

During the Intercultural Day the participants will have the opportunity to receive a free consultations and information about the social and legal issues. The consultations will provide professional lawyers - Information Centre for Immigrants specialists. The activities of the centre for more than a year provides and develops the society Refuge Safe Home that regularly provides information and support to third-country nationals residing in Latvia.

To the Intercultural Day in the National Library of Latvia are invited the project's Integration ABC - 2017 participants. The event is free of charge!

The project Integration ABC - 2017, within the framework of the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund, implements the society Cooperation Platform. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No - PMIF/8/2017/1/02.

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


Foreigners living in Latvia are invited to free courses in Riga, Liepaja, Jelgava, Daugavpils and Rezekne

In order to facilitate foreigners living in Latvia - third-country nationals and immigrants' - integration into the society of Latvia, in the framework of the project Integration ABC - 2017, free training - integration courses will be held in five Latvian cities.

What is the Latvian economy, traditions, values and characteristics compared with other countries in Europe and world? Where and how you can make friends with the locals? What you need to know to successfully live in Latvia? On these and many other questions the participants will receive answers during the integration training courses; the learning process will be organised in lectures and practical consultations. Courses will lead knowledgeable and rich in experience lecturers. Training language - Latvian, Russian or English, if necessary, interpreters of other languages will be invited.

Foreigners living in Latvia in the period from September 2017 until December 2018 are invited to attend courses in Riga, Liepaja, Jelgava, Daugavpils and Rezekne, in which they will be able to learn Latvia's history, political system, knowledge of the social, educational and health systems and the availability of care services in Latvia, to get acquainted with the situation on the labour market, employment, opportunities to work or to build one's own business, as well as to learn Latvian culture and traditions.

In Riga the integration courses will start on October 17 at 18.00. The courses will take place in Mensarius LTD premises in Blaumana Street 38/40 (entrance from Perses Street 9/11).

Application and more information:
Courses' coordinator Ramils Kadirovs, e-mail: versante@gmail.com, phone: 26705808.

In Daugavpils the integration courses will start on September 27, 2017 at 17.00. The courses will take place in the Society's Erfolg premises in Mihoelsa Street 7-1a.

Application and more information:
Courses' coordinator Vitālijs Karpovičs, e-mail: erfolg_biedriba@outlook.com, phone: 20371892.

In Rezekne the integration courses will start on September 23, 2017 at 10.00. The courses will take place in Rezekne Technology Academy's Student Parliament's premises in Atbrivoshanas Alley 115.

Application and more information:
Courses' coordinator Marija Dubicka, e-mail: domu.biedri@inbox.lv, phone: 29414010.

In Liepaja the integration courses will start on September 30, 2017 at 11.00. The courses will take place in Liepaja University premises in Liela Street 14.

Application and more information:
Courses' coordinator Rita Rozentāle, e-mail: ritite@inbox.lv, phone: 26544088.

In Jelgava the integration courses will start on October 4, 2017 at 16.00. The courses will take place in Jelgava Integration Administration's premises in Sarmas Street 4.

Application and more information: Linda Vovere, e-mail: linda.vovere@inbox.lv, phone: 29433212.

The foreigners living in Latvia are welcome to attend the courses in order to get to know more about Latvia and Latvians! Integration courses are for free. The certificates will be issued at the end of the courses.

To learn more about course content, duration and lecturers, please, contact the courses' coordinators.

The project Integration ABC - 2017, within the framework of the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund, implements the society Cooperation Platform. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No - PMIF/8/2017/1/02.

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


During the project Integration ABC - 2017 the immigrants will learn Latvia's culture and Latvians

In order to facilitate persons', who are nationals of third countries and, who legally reside in Latvia (immigrants), integration into the society of Latvia, the society Cooperation Platform is implementing the project Integration ABC - 2017 that will last until 31 December 2018.

The aim of the project is to implement the qualitative programme for the integration of immigrants, to organise interactive, educational and mutual awareness promoting measures for the immigrants' and host society's representatives to improve the process of integration and intercultural dialogue, promoting effective immigrants' integration into the society of Latvia.

The main activities in project Integration ABC - 2017 will be the integration courses that will take place in Riga, Liepaja, Jelgava, Daugavpils and Rezekne in the period from September 2017 until November 2018 and intercultural communication promotional measures - Intercultural Day, Tradition Day and event See You in Ziedondarzs.

The successful integration is possible only if the immigrants are given the opportunity to obtain basic knowledge in the society's history, the local community and the political situation in the area. The participants of the integration courses will learn Latvia's history, its values and the political system, will gain knowledge of social, educational and health care services and access to its system in Latvia, will get acquainted with the situation in the labour market, employment, opportunities to get work or to build one's own business, as well as - knowledge of the Latvian culture, traditions and skills in intercultural dialogue. In the courses it is planned to teach 360 immigrants. Integration courses are free of charge.

To present the Latvian culture and values to the immigrants, three intercultural communication promotional measures will be organised. In autumn 2017 the Intercultural Day will be organised presenting its participants the Latvian National Library work and meeting near the cup of tea in the afternoon. In spring 2018 on Easter the project participants will have the opportunity to participate in the Tradition Day in the Open Air Museum and find out Latvian annual customs, Easter rituals, ancient crafts and cultural history heritage. In summer of 2018 during the informal event See You in Ziedoņdārzs the immigrants will be able to meet various representatives of non-governmental organizations, national institutions and employers to encourage free and mutual acquaintance.

Entrance in the events - free of charge.

The project Integration ABC - 2017 within the framework of the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society Cooperation Platform. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No - PMIF/8/2017/1/02.

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

In 2012 within the framework of the project "The creation of cooperation platform and intercultural dialogue in Latvia" it was organized an informal association of 10 different non-government organizations - a cooperation platform encouraging intercultural dialogue in Latvia aimed at creating of a new civil society platform for intercultural dialogue, thus promoting the improvement of the society microclimate as well as forming a full-fledged community and creating a constant platform, the nuclear of which consist of cultural societies and organizations of different nations.

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