TALLINN, Jan 12, BNS - The Estonian Integration Foundation has announced a competition for projects of the organization of language camps for young people living in Estonia; 3.4 million kroons (EUR 198,000) has been earmarked for the purpose this year.
Tanel Matlik, head of the foundation, said that the aim of the camps was to shape the skill, practice, values and attitudes of using Estonian by young people. "In order for the camps to be carried out as naturally as possible it is necessary to bring to them students who do not speak Estonian at home as well as ethnic Estonian students," Matlik said.
He said that in the study process of the language camps young persons of the same age and similar interests who have earlier received the necessary training, would take part in the studies.
Applications for participation in the projects can be filed by non-profit organizations, funds, public law organizations and institutitons.
It is the aim of the Integration Foundation to initiate, support and coordinate projects directed at the integration of the Estonian society. The foundation was set up by a government decree in 1998.