The Estonian government is set to allocate 110,000 euros from its contingency reserve for the prevention of xenophobia in the country's schools and kindergartens.
Under a draft regulation filed by the Ministry of Finance, the government would give 227,804 euros to the Ministry of Education and Research to cover costs related to the EU action plan on migration. Almost half of that money, 110,000 euros, will be spent on the prevention of xenophobia by means of setting up mobile counseling groups in educational establishments, publishing two methodology guides for teachers as well as launching a campaign titled "No Hate Speech."
17,700 is to be spent on student support during the second half of this year, including 10,200 euros on start-up aid for pupils who have arrived in Estonia under the EU migrant plan, 4,000 euros as a one-off language teaching subsidy to the Tartu Descartes School, Laagna and Kuristiku High Schools in Tallinn and Haapsalu Basic School, and 3,500 euros in payouts toward the costs of teaching the Estonian language to seven children attending a kindergarten.
The draft order also lists 50,052 euros for the teaching of the Estonian language to illiterate adults and preparing related methodology guides and study materials as well as another 50,052 euros for increasing competencies at educational establishments for the evaluation of readiness for study.
Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla