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If you are willing to listen, if you are interested, what happens around you and you want to tell your story, do not hesitate to come in. You are welcomed to become a friend! This house is enlivened and enriched by children and they have a lot to tell about people and country their parents come from and how they feel here, in our common home - Latvia. Read more
Armenian, Azerbaijanian, Georgian, Estonian, Lithuanian and Latvian girls and boys will open your mind. If you are impatient, it is left up to you to open the doors of the house to meet the story telling time. You come into the wardrobe, where you can find folklore clothes, accessories and other things that will help you to enrich your look and style; into the kitchen, where different smells, spices and recipes are waiting for you as well as sweets from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia or one of the Caucasian country. In the library you can read books, watch films or listen to music which are reviewed by other children and teenagers, but in the roof you can get to know how to create interesting things or what other children can to do.

Send us your story - sign up in the guest book in the living room and send us your story. We offer you different possibilities - taking part in the competition "Friend's tales", sending us stories and enrich the information about the countries, sending us your traveling experience or photographies, clips, drawings or collages...

Everyone who send his/her story with the completed registration sheet, becomes a friend of us and receives an aplication with a code, and can take part in our competitions and win interesting awards.
Follow the rules and the news board.

This house will be enlived from December till June - we will find out our common experiences and going to search hidden differences telling about these to our friends.

The story telling house is brought to you by the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO, Latvian Language Agency and the Latvian National Library. The basement was done by Latvian Republic Ministry of Education and Science and the the Soros fundation Latvia.

Friend's tales is a project realized by publishing house " Liels un Mazs", "Ideju forums" association, language school "Skrivanek Baltic", Rigas Estonian secoundary school, Riga lithuanian secoundary school and Ita Kozakevicha Latvian National cultural association.



So, so! Nearly everything happened without me! Lets get to know each other, I am the eternity inhabitant. So old that I even cannot remember how old. Noone can see me, but I am and listen, see and feel what happens here. There are a lot of interesting things although I do not understand everything. Nevertheless, I have experienced a lot, I often become doubtful and undedicated. I like it, when someone convinces me. Sometimes I bother others, because I want to clarify something that I didn't understand. But I reaaaaly like what is happening here. What's my name? I am the Story trifle.
 
 
Project's description

Name of the Project: Children and youngsters story project ‘Friend’s tales’

Implementation dates: April 2009 – October 2010 

Background of the project: 

In 1999, during the 30th General conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (hereinafter UNESCO) adapted resolution on commencing an interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial project ‘Caucasus’. This resolution emphasises the need for developing and gradually implementing a regional cooperation project which would comprehend all UNESCO disciplines and would promote them in the Caucasus as in an experimental area thus also demonstrating the idea of cooperation viability. The main goal of the initiative was to develop a new approach for international cooperation in areas of education, science and culture, which would respond to the regional processes of politics and economy. Therefore project would be seen as an endowment in understanding the development of global tendencies and would also facilitate understanding of the growth and development of the whole civilization.

In 2003, responding to this resolution, Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with UNESCO Moscow Office launched a project Dialogue among civilizations: Caucasus. The aim of the project was to contribute to the interregional cooperation between the Baltic’s and the Caucasus with a special emphasis on cooperation for peace in the field of culture. One of the most visible and approved outcomes of this project was a mutually published book in all project languages and English Bridges of tales. Book was published in 2005 and it contains different fairy-tales of Azerbaijani, Armenian, Georgian and Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian cultures. The book is illustrated with children drawings from the participant countries especially created for these fairy tales.

As a continuation to this initiative, the project Friend’s tales has been developed, with a goal to promote intercultural dialogue and raise awareness on cultural diversity in Latvia, with the particular focus on the culture and traditions of the peoples of the Baltic sea region (Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians) and Southern Caucasus (Armenians, Azerbaijani and Georgians) living all together in Latvia.

Culture and diversity of cultural expressions in a country is a true treasure for a place and people living there. Nevertheless it is not an easy task to take care of all the different traditions and habits of communities in a way that promotes peace, intercultural dialogue, openness and mutual benefit for ever richer and diverse its inner cultural variety.

Acknowledging that the success for mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue lies within the ability of creating by yourself and respecting others creation, it is important to promote the value of creativity and diversity. Project Friend’s tales will emphasize children and youngsters’ writing, reading and listening skills for fostering new collaboration in forms and cognition of the world. It will promote qualitative intercultural communication between youngsters, thus developing their ability to listen, analyze text and reflect it in the context of their own and other cultures.

Children and youngsters manifestations of creativity – story writing, reading and illustrating will not only help to discover new talents but also let them to learn from each other. It will also help mutual development through learning by different means – reading stories, in the Internet environment or in during the camp.  

Aims of the project:

  • To raise awareness on cultural diversity of Latvia;
  • To promote tolerance and intercultural dialogue among representatives of different groups in Latvia;
  • To strengthen intercultural and inter-generation communication and solidarity in Latvia;
  • To diversify common creative activities for children for their quality education with a sense of humanism and tolerance;
  • To promote respectful attitude towards otherness;
  • To encourage interest in a broader society about children and youngsters perception of the world.

 

Goals of the project:

  1. To develop a web site for children and youngsters;
  2. To organise story-writing competition for children and youngsters 10 – 16 years old;
  3. To public selection of the submitted stories and illustrations;
  4. To organise summer camp for story authors in cooperation with Latvian and national minority non-governmental organisations and embassies;
  5. To organise children and youngsters thematic reading evenings in cooperation with Latvian and national minority non-governmental organisations and embassies.

Project target group:

Project Friend’s tales has several target groups:

  • Children and youngsters (10 – 16 years old);
  • Latvian and national minority non-governmental organisations: thematic reading evenings are intended to be an outcome of close cooperation between culture organization associations;
  • Educators, social workers and specialists of hobby education: one of the project aims is related to the promotion of intercultural and inter-generation communication, thereby representatives of educational, cultural and social field will be involved in such activities as reading evenings and camp;
  • Government institutions, NGO’s, foreign embassies and international organisations’ consulates in Latvia: Friend’s tales is successful example of cooperation, which binds together activities for children and youngsters with activities which promotes the intercultural dialogue.

 

Expected results:

Project is going to promote social and intercultural dialogue between children and youngsters and develop their creative activity in Latvia; it is also going to improve knowledge about material and intangible culture heritage. 

As a result of the project:

  1. Web site will be created to implement and promote children and youngster’s intercultural dialogue, reflecting cultural diversity of Latvia;
  2. Children and youngsters  story competition will be carried out;
  3. Young authors’ camp will be organised and realised;
  4. An electronic book ‘Friend’s tales’ will be created;
  5. 8 reading evenings will be held (opening and closing events and 6 thematic evenings, devoted to national cultures).

 

Calendar of Activities:

Preparation stage April – November 2009

- Establishment of project coordination group;

-Technical and informative development of the web site;

- Development of competition’s regulations;

- Organisation of project opening ceremony.

 

Realisation stage December 2009 – October 2010

December 2009: opening and presentation of the web site; opening ceremony of the project and announcement of the competition;

December 2009 -  February 2010: submitting works for the competition;

January – June 2010: thematic reading events;

April 2010: assessment of submitted works and announcement of the competition winners;

May 2010: submission of story illustrations;

June 2010: camp for the story competition winners; development and publishing of the electronic book ‘Friend’s tales’;

September 2010: project closing event;

October 2010: evaluation of the project.





Participants of the Project: 

Organizator:

Latvian National Commission for UNESCO 

Project leader:

Latvian National Commission for UNESCO Education program director Baiba Moļņika  

Project team:

Latvian language agency deputy director Dace Dalbiņa

“Ideju forums”  project director Liene Jackeviča

Publishing house “Liels un mazs” project manager Zane Jauja

UNESCO National Commissions, governmental institutions, embassies and NGO’s will cooperate during the project.  

Other Partners:

Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia

Latvian language agency

Publishing house „Liels un mazs”

Organisation „Ideju forums”

Latvian and national minority non-governmental organisations

Association of National Cultural organisations in Latvia

Adazi Free Waldorf School

Riga Estonian School

Riga Lithuanian School 

Project is financially supported by the Soros Foundation Latvia.