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The world needs more Estonia!

Update #166

President of Estonia looks to those aged 7-19 to think it through and share their thoughts with him

Women in Estonian folk costume

Estonian President Alar Karis is inviting those aged 7-19 to think about Estonia in the context of a globalised world, to put pen to paper and to share their thoughts on why the world needs Estonia.

The KESKUS project is one way of bringing more Estonia to North America, what do you think that could that look like? What do you think Estonia and Estonians, regardless of where they live, can offer the rest of the world?

Straight from the desk of the President (in translation):

This year, the President of the Republic invites young people to think about Estonia and share their thoughts with the head of state. Whereas last year young people wrote to President Karis about Estonia's future, concerns and ideals, this year the head of state asks young people to explore the place for Estonia in this open and closely connected globalized world. What role does a small culture play in today's interconnected world? What are its advantages and why is it important to make space for, and to listen to small countries? What value does Estonia offer to the rest of the world?

What will happen to your submission?

The Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia will publish a selection of the submissions, and here's hoping that contributions by youth of Estonian heritage outside of Estonia will be included in that selection!

Here's a quick how-to:

Deadline: February 14th 2023

Length: up to two A4 pages in length (ie limit it to 5,000 characters)

Format: freeform - up to you!

Where to send:

Be sure to include: your name, age, school and grade, address and phone number and, if you're a minor, make sure your parent/guardian consents.

By submitting, the author confirms that he, she or they has independently created the work. Also, by submitting, the author or his, her or their legal representative, if the writer's age is under 18, consents to the use and publication of the author's name and submission.

More, in Estonian, here.

On your marks, get set, go!


All KESKUS valued donors make a critical difference

Deep foundation work is completed and excavation has begun on KESKUS! Please join the growing list of capital campaign donors to help bring this extraordinary project to completion. The KESKUS International Estonian Centre’s donor categories are Kalevipoja laud for gifts over $100,000 (including naming rights for specific areas), Koidula gild, which is from $50,000-99,999, Viru vanemad for gifts of $10,000-$49,999, and Kungla rahvas for gifts up to $10,000.

To make a leadership donation, please call +1.647.250.7136 or email Donations may be made online too, and can be made as a family gift, or in honour of an individual or family. All Canadian, Estonian and U.S. donations will be issued a tax receipt. KESKUS leadership donors are recognized here.

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