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Project The Unsung Hero Dialogues - Promoting Solidarity and Diversity through Awareness and Policy Reform 

Jaan Tõnissoni Instituut participates in the Europe for Citizens project The Unsung Hero Dialogues - Promoting Solidarity and Diversity through Awareness and Policy Reform. The project lasts until 2021 and is coordinated by Culture Goes Europe (CGE) - Soziokulturelle initiative Erfurt E from Germany.  Next to JTI there are partners from Rumenia, Portugal, Greece and Italy, and also DARE Network.

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Training event for Civics teachers at Harju County Court

On December 11, a study event for teachers of social studies took place in Harju County Court in Tallinn. Judge Katre Poljakova from Harju County Court gave the teachers an overview of the organization of the hearing in court and introduced the court practices. The participants had a lot of questions. A tour for teachers was organized in the brand new courthouse on Lubja street. One of the aims of the training day was to introduce to the teachers the possibilities of organizing a study visit for their students to Harju County Court.

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Updated syllabus for Compulsory School Civics subject

In 2019 the current Estonian syllabus for Civics was updated at the JTI Civic Education Center. At the start of the process all Estonian Civics teachers were invited to contribute to the modernization of the syllabus. The public was also informed about the ongoing process through the teachers' newspaper "Õpetajate Leht". 22 teachers, 233 students and 8 experts provided suggestions and opinions on teaching civics. In order to analyze the feedback received, a focus group discussion of the students and teachers took place. As a part of the process, two training days for teachers were organized in November and December. The short version of the document prepared during the modernization of the syllabus was presented on December 11 at a teacher study visit to Harju County Court.

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"Dialogue of Civilizations and Intercultural Cooperation"

The Head of the Center for Civic Education attended the UNESCO conference "Dialogue of Civilizations and Intercultural Cooperation" held in Moscow from 1 to 4 December by the invitation of the Moscow State Pedagogical University.

 

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Training event for Civics teachers in the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament)

On November 8 Riigikogu hosted a study event on Estonian foreign policy for teachers of social studies. Anneli Ott, Chairman of the Committee on European Union Affairs, Enn Eesmaa, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Marko Mihkelson, Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs introduced to the teachers the issues of the work of the Committees. The event was part of the JTI's 2019 project to update the syllabus for Compulsory School Civics subject.

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19-th ASEM seminar on Human Rights in Norway 

On November 04-06 2019 in Tromsø, Norway, was held 19-th ASEM seminar on Human Rights. The seminar was hosted by the Foreign Ministry of Norway. From Estonia  to the seminar was invited Head of JTI Civic Education Centre Mr. Valdmaa.

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Meeting with the delegation from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science 

On November 1 Mr 2019 Andrus Villem, Director of the Jaan Tõnisson Institute, and Mr Sulev Valdmaa, Head of the Center for Civic Education of the Jaan Tõnisson Institute met with the 6-member delegation from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. During the two hours meeting the Jaan Tõnisson Institute was introduced to the guests. The focus of the meeting was on the development of Civic Education in Estonian compulsory education. In the 1990s JTI was the only institution in Estonia that systematically dealt with the design and integration of Civic Education course for the Estonian National Curriculum and fully supported this subject with the in-service trainings. Although there are many differences in Dutch and Estonian cultural traditions and history, it is possible to learn from each other.

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Development cooperation project in rural Georgia 

In September-October 2019, JTI development cooperation project "Supporting the economic development of Georgian rural areas" continued in Georgia with its third visit to project regions: Pankisi Valley, Samtskhe-Javakheti and Mountainous-Adjara. Experts from Estonia and Georgia led workshops for local tourism entrepreneurs.

  

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About European education in St. Petersburg 

Head of the Center for Civic Education Sulev Valdmaa was invited by the "Centre for German European Studies" to participate on September 28 in Sankt Petersburg on the plenary session of the conference "How is the Education Changing in Europe?" On September 29 S. Valdmaa held a workshop where he introduced to the participants current Estonian educational life and active teaching methods used in social subjects.

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Project Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship 

Jaan Tõnisson Institute participates in the Erasmus+ project entitled Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship (DIGIT-AL) that lasts up to 2022. The project is coordinated by the Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten (AdB e.V.) and involves in addition to the lead partner from Germany and JTI partners from Latvia, Portugal, Bulgaria and Italy. The project launch seminar took place on September 25 - 27, 2019 in Riga.

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On August 27 2019 in Berlin was held General Assembly of Europe-wide network DARE (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe). The Jaan Tõnisson Institute is member of the network. New DARE Board consisting of 7 members was elected.

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In the beginning of July 2019, a group of Georgian rural tourism entrepreneurs visited Estonia in the framework of JTI development cooperation project “Supporting the economic development of Georgian rural areas”. There were several meetings and visits to see Estonian good practices in South-Estonia and Läänemaa. Photos are taken at meetings in Georgian Embassy in Tallinnand at a meeting with the mayor of Haapsalu at FraMare Haapsalu Spa. The project is financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the funds of development cooperation and humanitarian aid. 

 

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Project CURE final seminar

The final seminar of Erasmus+ project CURE was held on 23. - 27. June in Tel-Aviv, although the activities of the project will be carried out until March 2020. JTI Civic Education Centre was one of the European partners that participated in the project. Participants of CURE seminar had also a chance to take part in the MOFET Institute's 7-th international conference "The Story of Innovation in Teacher Education".


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Focus group discussion

On April 25, 2019 in the premises of Open Estonia Foundation, as a part of the project of modernization of the social sciences syllabus guided by the JTI Civic Education Center, took place a discussion with the focus group of students. During the discussion and following group work, the students gave an additional assessment and expressed their wishes related to the earlier written survey for the modernization of the subject of social science. ed to the earlier written survey for the modernization of the subject of social science.

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In April 2019, JTI development cooperation project "Supporting the economic development of Georgian rural areas" continued in Georgia with expert-seminars in project regions: Pankisi, Akhalakalaki and Khulo. Most active participants will visit Estonia in the summer for a study-tour, introducing best practices in Estonia. 

     

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Visitor from Indiana University

Head of Jaan Tõnisson Institute Civic EDucation Centre Sulev Valdmaa met on March 11 and 15 in Tallinn with professor Terrence C. Mason From Indiana University School of Education. JTI and Indiana University School of Education have long-lasting connections in developing of Civic Education in the Baltic States. Professon Mason visits in March 2019 Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia in connection of his research concerning progress and status of Civic Education in the Baltic States. During the meetings in Tallinn the issues of ongoing in JTI modernisation of Civics Subject was discussed.

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Modernising Syllabus for Compulsory School Civics subject

Mandatory course of Civics in the Estonian compulsory school curriculum is at large very similar to the first version of the subject developed soon after Estonia's gaining independence after the collapse of Soviet power.  JTI Civic Education, relying on our long-lasting experiences in the field, deals in 2019 with the modernisation of Civics syllabus gathering from teachers, students and experts information and opinions concerning the content and teaching practices of the subject. The data will be analysed.

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Supporting Economic Development in Georgian Rural Areas

JTI and GFSIS are currently cooperating a fourth joint-project in Georgia "Supporting the economic development in Georgian rural areas". The objective of theongoing project is to decrease the socioeconomic disparities between Georgian regions and to increase their welfare.

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Overview of the History of the Jaan Tõnisson Institute 

Jaan Tõnisson Institute celebrated Jaan Tõnisson's 150th birth anniversary in 2018 by issuing a book about the history of the Institute. The book presents an overview of the activities of one of the first-established Estonian non-governmental organisations that has been established in April 1991 during the turbulant period of restoration of Estonia's independence and operating since this time continously. The book resumes the history of JTI from the very first days up to summer 2018 providing on overview of the areas and concrete projects that the Institute has been dealing with for more than quarter of century period. The Centres where the work has been done are described and the people who have been working for JTI are listed. The quarter-of-thousand pages book contains photos, documents and tables with different data. Presentation of the book took place on December 7 2018 in Vana-Viru street in Tallin, in the same building where the Institute was "born".