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A Morden program continues to offer an avenue for local children of immigrant families to learn in and nurture their language and cultural background.
The Cultural and Educational Center LEADER program aims to help these children stay in touch with their cultural roots while also trying to help them with their integration into the community, suggested one of the program’s
“Our goal is not only the preservation of the language and culture, but also the development of the whole
child into a well-rounded member of the wider community,” said Olga Vorobyeva, program founder and director
who serves as a Russian language teacher and tutor.
Initiated in 2013, the program works with children ranging in age from three to 17.
There are more than 50 children registered this year, with specifi c programs for different age groups and German courses also offered for all ages and abilities.
“We place our students into the appropriate program based not only on age but also taking into account the language development of each child” said Vorobyeva.
She said they see the classes as helping the youth stay in touch with their roots through their language, culture
and customs. At the same time, they also want to broaden their worldview and help their overall development.
“Our team strives to build a young generation who will be ready to contribute in all spheres of society and who are able to appreciate and respect the dignity of different cultures and nationalities.”
In addition to a variety of learning opportunities, the youth also participate in theatrical productions for special events both for parents and for cultural programs at various community events.
The classes started up for another year Oct. 1 and will take place at École Morden Middle School every Saturday.
More information is available through the Facebook page of Cultural & Educational Center Leader.

Source: The Winkler Morden Voice