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Group Shafak by project Didar

A discussion group for students from Middle East and North Africa

The Settlement Naapuri association was established in 1994. It's part of the worldwide settlement movement started in London in the 1880s. Its work is religiously and politically uncommitted and operates in accordance with the traditions of the movement by avoiding guardian-like and supervising attitudes towards the people it works with. Settlement Naapuri is an independent organisation that follows the principle program of the Finnish Settlement Society (SSL) and is a member of SSL and the International Settlement Society. There are over 30 regular employees, about 50 trainees and over 100 volunteers working in Naapuri. For more information:

Project DIDAR is part of The Settlement Naapuri and it works with questions of cultures meeting each other. DIDAR has several discussion groups based on topics of family matters, working life, getting to know Finnish culture etc. For more information:

For the first time we are introducing a group specifically designed for university students and recent graduates to meet up with each other and discuss possible issues and collisions in culture. The groupis focused on those with Middle Eastern or North African heritage

When and where?

The group SHAFAK gets together on Wednesdays 21.1.-25.2.2015 between 17 – 18:30 (5 pm – 6:30 pm) in project DIDAR office, address: Kirkkokatu 8 E 48 (Keskustori) We wish to hear about your experiences and discuss any questions you may have. If you don't feel inclined to share, you are also welcome to come listen to others.

The group will meet up once a week and you are welcome to join for as many sessions as you prefer. Tea and coffee will be served.

For more information you can contact:

Group leader Miisa Tähkänen (Finnish, English) tel. 0400803237
Project manager Marianne Rautiokoski (Finnish, English) tel. 045 1411 888
Project worker Raman Hussain (Finnish, Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish, Persian) tel. 050 4075 445

Information: Miisa Tähkänen


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