The Kindred Peoples' Programme
The Kindred Peoples Programme III (2010–2014) is a government aid programme for supporting indigenous Uralic (Finno-Ugric and Samoyed) languages and cultures, and a continuation of the Kindred Peoples Programme II (2005–2009) and Kindred Peoples Programme I (1999–2004). It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of the latter in supporting and developing the languages and cultures of Finno-Ugric peoples with no nation-state.
With the support of the programme, more than 100 young people representing minority Finno-Ugric peoples have had the opportunity to attend universities and colleges in Estonia. Several important international events have been financed from the programme as well (the 3rd and 4th World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples, the 9th International Congress for Finno-Ugric Studies, et al). All of these accomplishments have contributed to the positive image of Estonia and Estonian government policies in the fields of education, culture, and international relations in co-operation with Finland and Hungary, as well as in relations with the Russian Federation.
The objectives of the programme are still topical, as these goals may be attained over a longer period of time. At the time being, 80 students representing minority Finno-Ugric peoples are attending universities and colleges in Estonia, and will continue their studies during the next few years.
The Kindred Peoples Programme II did not repeat the basic concepts and strategic objectives of the previous programme. When the new programme was compiled, activities undertaken in past years were analysed in depth and in contrast with the premises of achieving further goals. The current programme was compiled with consideration given to the results of this analysis.
The programme supported five different fields (education and training courses, research, culture, information-exchange, as well as healthcare and protection of the environment). The allocation of support in these fields was mutually complementary among the fields in question. In formulating the objectives in these fields, the programme took into account Resolution 1171 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (see Annex 1), the Protocol of the meeting of Estonian, Finnish and Hungarian delegations representing their respective ministries of culture and education (see Annex 2), the Resolution of the 3rd World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples (see Annex 3), as well as agreements concluded by Estonia on education and culture with Finland, Hungary, and the Russian Federation.
The programme is managed by the Council of the Programme, which was formed by the Minister of Education and Research. The Council of the Programme made decisions on awarding nonrecurrent project grants and allowances pursuant to the applications submitted. The Council of the Programme has the right to initiate projects, the goals of which are in accordance with the objectives and aims of the programme. The Council may alter the proportions of support allocated to each field on the basis of the success of concrete projects and changes in preferences, which may have occurred during the period of the programme.