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Thursday, January 16th 
Pre-conference: Children’s culture and literacy. Visits to museums and libraries in Tallinn. Dinner at Children`s Literature Center (address: Pikk 73)

Event includes guided tour in Tallinn Old Town and visits in groups to different institutions with children`s culture and literacy programs. Choice will be made by participants during online registration. The event will finish with introducing the Children's Literature Center's work and light dinner.

Starting point, times and institutions will be announced.

Price 25€ includes guided tour, tickets and the welcome reception.

Maximum number of participants is 100.

Friday, January 17th
Visiting schools implementing integration approach in Tallinn.

Visits to different education institutions will be arranged in groups. Participants will learn integration practice, meet students and teachers.

Price 10€ will include group guide and school visit costs.

Friday, January 17th 
Conference opening and reception.

Conference opening will start at sunset in the Glass Hall of the National Song Festival Grounds (address: Narva maantee 95) with the picturesque view to Tallinn Gulf and Old Town. Greetings and Plenary speech will be presented, entertainment and buffet dinner provided.

Conference opening and reception is included in conference fee.

Saturday, January 18th
The Conference Venue is Tallinn University (address: Narva rd. 25)

Creative Evening
All delegates in the 4th Baltic Sea Conference  in Literacy are warmly welcome to join the Creative Evening event on Saturday, January 18, 2020 in the Mare Building Atrium Hall, Tallinn University. The event takes place 18.00-21.00.
It will  be a place where you can share your creative talents by making a musical performance (singing, instrumental), a dancing or movement performance, to participate in live painting, etc. You are welcome to bring any musical instruments, food or drinks characteristic to your country.
The event will have two parts - performances and joint acitivities. Your input is welcome to one, the other of  both. 
Estonian culture has been famous about our choir singing and we have a long tradition of national community singing. Estonian artists' accomplishments in visual arts are well-known and higly appreciated all around the world. We are delighted to share and join the experiences of music and art with the conference attendees that evening.
So, we kindly offer to sing, dance, paint and draw together. We will introduce some Estonian folk songs, so that everyone can sing along and join in visual creative art activities. You are welcome to bring a portable musical instrument (small fluite, tambourine, harmonicon etc), painting or drawing materials, a song or a singing-dancing-game from your own country and join the richness of creativity and joint activities in a spirited environment.   
The event will be hosted by Maria Jürimäe and Kadi Lukanenok (board members of EstRA)

Sunday, January 19th
The Conference Venue is Tallinn University (address: Narva rd. 25)

Farewell dinner

Price 25 € includes festive dinner and entertainment at Olde Hansa restaurant (address: Vana turg 1) where visitors will find themselves in 15th century by everything they see, hear, taste or touch.

Maximum number of participants is 200.

Monday, January 20th
Post-conference tour: study visit. The meeting point is Mere puiestee 5 in front of the Russian Cultural Center

Excursion to education institutions and sightseeing in Ida-Virumaa, Narva

Price 35€ includes transfer, guided tour in Ida-Virumaa and Narva, visits to education institutions to be choosed during conference. Open air coffee break at Valaste waterfall, box lunch, dinner at Narva castle.

Preliminary plan
8.00 departure from Tallinn
10-10.20 coffee break at Valaste waterfall
10.20-Guided bus tour to Narva via Narva Jõesuu
12.30 -15.00 Study visits in groups, box lunch (Estonian Language House, Tartu University Narva College, Ida-Virumaa Vocational Education Centre, Narva Old Town School, Kindergarten tba.)
15.00-16.30 Guided tour in Narva
16.30-17.30 Narva Hermann Castle Guided tour
17.30-19.00 dinner Restoran Rondeel
19.00 Departure to Tallinn
23.00 Arrival to Tallinn

Maximum number of participants is 150.

Half-day excursion to education institutions and sightseeing in Paide
Price 25€
Maximum number of participants is 30.

8.30 – Departure from Tallinn
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break at Paide Ajakeskuses Wittenstein
10.30 – 12.00 Time-travel in Ajakeskuses (
12.00 – 13.00 Guided cultural walk in Paide - "Writer Hermann Hesse and Paide”
13.10 – 13.45 Lunch
14.00 – 14.30 Study visit to Paide Hillar Hanssoo Elementary School
14.45 – Departure from Paide
16.15 – Arrival to Tallinn 

Half-day excursion to education institutions and sightseeing in Maardu
Price 20€
Maximum number of participants is 30.

8.15 departure from Tallinn
9.45 arrival to Maardu Gymnasium
9.50 - 10.35 Overview of the management of education in Maardu city, Maardu Gymnasium and Kallavere School - focusing on teaching Estonian as the national language in foreign language schools
10.35-10.55 walk to the Kellamäe language immersion building
10.55-11.40 visiting language immersion lessons of grades 1-5 
11.40-12.00 walk to the Ringi building
12.00- 12.20 visiting the language immersion lessons of older grades
12.20-12.45 lunch at the school's cafeteria
12.45-13.30 coffee with discussion and reflection
13.30 bus back to Tallinn
14.30 arrival to Tallinn

Tuesday, January 21st
Post-conference: Participants introducing their culture and language in schools and kindergartens of Tallinn

Included in the conference fee. The precise agenda will be specified.