Friday, 30 September 2011

Tampere information on ten languages

The 5th Welcome to Tampere Fair took place in the University of Tampere on 28 September 2011. Presentations and information were given in ten languages: Finnish, English, Dari, Spanish, Chinese, Kurdish, Somali, Turkish, Estonian and Russian.
-This helps a lot! When you are new in town, it is not easy to find information, says Serge Tcheuffa from Cameroon. He recently moved to Tampere from Paris, with his wife Katariina.
The fair, aimed at new international students and immigrants in Tampere, introduced Tampere’s public services, as well as free-time activities. The city’s greeting was brought by Deputy Mayor Perttu Pesä.
I Love Tampere!
Several organisations introduced themselves, e.g: Maailmantanssi (dance group), Immigrant Women’s Sewing Workshop, Mummon Kammari (charity for elderly people), Service Union United (trade union), Scouts, Finnish Red Cross, Tampere Estonia Club, Tampere House of Girls (support service for girls), and Tampere Centre of Russia Culture. The Tampere Evangelical Lutheran Congregation told about their services in English. 
Mari Riihikoski made badges designed by fair participants.

I love TAMK!

Education was presented by TAMK, Sataedu (vocational training), Tampere Adult Education Centre (TAKK), Tampereen työväenopisto (adult education centre), Tampereen Open University, and WorkPlace Pirkanmaa project. Public officials gave presentations on e.g. job hunting, work agreements, entrepreneurships and the Immigrant Advice Centre.
Have you tried an eBook?
The fair was organised by the Studying in Tampere Region (SITR) network of the higher education institutes in Tampere, the City of Tampere and ALMA- and TyöMaa-projects.
Text and photo: Mirja Onduso

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