Arctic Preschool Education

Project Title:

Arctic Children – Preschool Education and Smooth Transition to School

Project Leads:

Russian Federation, Finland, Canada, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON)


A continuing project from the U.S. and Finnish Chairmanships (2015-2017, 2017-2019)

Target Completion Date:

Extended into Icelandic Chairmanship 2019-2021

Project Summary:

One of the critical gaps between the nomadic population and the mainstream population is access to basic education.  The objectives of this project are: 1) to evaluate and assess best practices in the sphere of free pre-school education for Indigenous children in the North (Arctic and Subarctic), including  provision of traditional knowledge about state and national history and culture, native and state language, and traditional economic activities; 2)  to arrange the exchange of information with the stakeholders on a regular basis, aimed at sharing the best practices in the sphere of preschool education programs and projects oriented to smooth transitions of pre-school children to elementary school; 3)  to  draft educational programs and teaching materials in the sphere of pre-school education for Indigenous children; and 4)  to create an official Internet portal dedicated to the Project and implementing its outcomes.

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Recent Events:

  • A conference was held in Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) with the participation of native language teachers and experts at a summer camp in the Krasnodar region, Anapa, 23-28 August 2018.

Upcoming Events:

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