Starting today, the registration of all Ukrainian war refugees who have received temporary protection into the mandatory and free adaptation program will begin. The Police and Border Guard Board sends a referral letter to all adults who have received temporary protection. The first 2,500 recipients of temporary protection have been invited to study Estonian.
"Knowledge of the Estonian language, at least at a basic level, is essential in order to manage independently in our country and to adapt to the society here. Therefore, the adaptation program with language training is mandatory and free of charge for Ukrainian war refugees who have received temporary protection. We are extremely flexible in offering trainings – in addition to the fact that the training can be completed online, there are plans to hold trainings in all regions of Estonia where recipients of temporary protection live. On our part, we will do everything to ensure that everyone can find a suitable way and time to complete a useful training," said Piret Hartman, Undersecretary for Cultural Diversity of the Ministry of Culture.
The recipient of temporary protection must independently register for both the adaptation program and Estonian language learning in the online environment www.settleinestonia.ee . A total of 5 language schools offer language training: Sola Integra OÜ in the PPA region of Northern Estonia, Multilingua Keelekeskus OÜ in Tallinn, OÜ PR Reiting in the PPA region of South Estonia, Algus OÜ in the PPA region of Eastern Estonia and Folkuniversitetet Estonia MTÜ in Tartu. In the PPA region of Western and Central Estonia, the provider is not yet known. In addition, an extraordinary state procurement will be announced in the summer for the language training of an additional 900 recipients of temporary protection. The language courses take place in the amount of 100 academic hours and take place either as online learning or as contact learning in classrooms.
From the additional budget of 2022, the learning of the Estonian language of the adaptation program for recipients of temporary protection will be supported with 4.5 million euros. There are a total of 9,000 vacancies.
From the additional budget of 2022, the one-day training of the adaptation program for temporary protection recipients will be supported with 4.6 million euros. Trainings for the first 10,000 recipients of temporary protection have started. In July, a tender will be announced to find providers of an additional 10,000 adaptation program study vacancies. In addition, recipients of temporary protection will be given the opportunity to complete the adaptation program training as an independent video course. For this purpose, a tender is being prepared to find a producer of educational videos.
Additional information on the website of the Ministry of Culture https://kul.ee/en/cultural-diversity-and-integration/adaptation/adaptation-programme.