We are learning Russian
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About us

Culture- and education center MIR (MIR means “world” in Russian) is the WORLD of children and adults who are proud to say

We are Learning Russian!”

The main activity of Center MIR is early language development of Russian-speaking and bilingual children aged 1-15 years.

In the WORLD of kids (1-3 years) and in the WORLD of pre-schoolers (4-6 years) Russian is taught while playing, using the immersion method. In a classroom children learn letters, listen to stories and participate in them themselves, draw and crafts, sing songs and dance, play mobile and board games, and all this in Russian.

In the WORLD of school children (7 years and older) children receive the true “Bukvar” (the first book in a Russian school, ABC-book). But despite the fact that children already would like to appear older, they with great pleasure continue studying Russian in a fun, playful way.

In Center MIR has not forgotten and adults - for you, we offer a variety of courses of Russian as a foreign language.

Regardless of the age, of our main approach is active communication, which allows both children and adults "live" each new lesson and not just learn new letters, words and expressions.

Classes are taught exclusively by Russian speakers, experts in early childhood development and work with bilingual children.

For more information about the classes in each age group you can learn in the "WORLD of kids" and the "WORLD of adults".

Our team

Natalia Sigrist
Natalia Sigrist

is the founder and the head of Center MIR. She deals with organizational, financial issues, determines the core directions of center’s activity.

My children have inspired me to found the child center in the city of Schaffhausen. They grow in the bilingual environment and I would like both languages to become their native tongues. The most important task for us is to spark the children’s interest in the language, so that they would not lose it with time. This is the main goal of our center. If a child shows an interest in learning the second language we should give her this opportunity. The classes should help not only to deepen the language knowledge, but also to improve memory, mathematical skills and logic which allow children to grasp the abstract sciences better. -
Yulia Eckert
Yulia Eckert

is the primary school and foreign languages teacher. She has extensive experience of working in primary schools in Russia and language schools in Switzerland. She teaches Russian language and mathematics.

I treat my profession with high degree of responsibility, because I know that a child’s desire to learn to a large extent depends also on me. I am always glad when children are interested in a subject, when they are active and willing to think, speculate and express their thoughts. -
Oxana Nikitenko
Oxana Nikitenko

is the primary school teacher with professional experience in Belarus. She teaches Russian language and Mathematics, responsible for administration and work with parents.

Most important when working with children is to preserve her individual, special way of seeing, thinking and feeling. -
Madina Ali
Madina Ali

is a professional artist and animator. She is a participant and a winner of many international film festivals. She teaches fine art.

Working with children is a big joy. Through creativity children learn to know themselves, the world around them and to express their vision of it. My task as a teacher of art is to help the children discover their fantasy treasure, to give them a chance for brave experiments with various techniques which they will be taught during the school year. -
Nadya Stutz
Nadya Stutz

is a professional musician with an experience of pedagogical work in musical institutions for children in Switzerland. She is in charge of the primary musical education.

I believe that the inner world of children is rich and is already filled up with bright colors when they are born. Music helps to reveal this emotional world of a child, to enrich it with new impressions. Music gives the possibility to express oneself creatively and to feel like an artist. The earlier we start to develop our children creatively, the sooner we will help them to have an ear for music, sense of rhythm, coordination. -
Yevgeniya D'Ottaviano
Yevgeniya D'Ottaviano

is a professional artistic gymnast, qualified coach and choreographer, experienced in teaching children in Switzerland. She teaches rhythmic and choreography.

Choreography classes not only support physical development of children but also enrich them spiritually. I am happy to give children the joy of movement, help them to listen and hear the music, to develop a sense of rhythm and the ability to manage their own movements. Sincere smiles of my young dancers, their hard work and new achievements is the best reward for my effort. -
Darya Schori
Darya Schori

is a day care teacher with substantial professional experience working with children in Russia and Switzerland.

Kids are surprising us every second. It is very interesting and exciting for us, adults, to stay tuned, learn from them and teach them what we already know. Work at MIR brings me joy of discovering the world together with kids again! -
Yelena Erkasap
Yelena Erkasap

is the primary school teacher experienced in working with multilingual children.

The thirst for knowledge starts with amazement. That's what I want the children to be! Amazed.
It's not only important for me  to show them the versatility of the russian language, but also teach them the russian culture and let them know about the russian values. I also want them to enjoy reading and listening to russian tales. And show them the differences between the good & the bad.
Nadja Hasler
Nadja Hasler

is an experienced day care teacher and music teacher for pre-schoolers.

Children should live in a world of beauty, play, fairy tale, music, drawing, fantasy and creativity. Give the children every day all you know and can yourself.
Viktoriya Steinhauer
Viktoriya Steinhauer

is an artist experienced in teaching bilingual children. She is a regular participant of international exhibitions and competitions, member of Swiss Artists Association. She teaches fine art.

Each lesson develops creative potential and thinking of children. My primary task is to teach children to see this world in colors and take it with joy! -


The main secret of success of Center MIR is its young, friendly and rapidly growing team. We are pleased to welcome to our ranks talented, extraordinary, bright, energetic professionals who truly love children and love what they do. If you would like to join us, please send your resume by e-mail info@mir-sh.ch.

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Contact us

The classes are held in the building of Rudolf Steiter Schule Schaffhausenwhich is situated five minutes away from the railway station Schaffhausen by foot, at the following address:

МИР малышей:
Vordersteig 34, CH-8200 Schaffhausen

МИР дошколят и школьников:
Vordersteig 20/24, CH-8200 Schaffhausen

You can reach us by foot (from Schaffhausen trainstation):

You can reach the school from the trainstation without crossing a street if you take the underpass "Landhaus-Bahnunterführung" and take the stairs on the left side of the firm "Unilever".

Then cross the garage forecourt and take the next stairs to reach "Beckengässchen". Follow this lane in the direction South and in about 100 m take the stair on the righ hand side to reach the territory of the school. Alternatively, you can reach "Vordersteig" through the roundabout "Obertor-Kreisel" taking the stairs next to the Georg Fischer memorial.

By car:

There are limited number of parking spaces on there territory of the school. They can be used only to bring and pick up children. Please follow the sign "Breite" to reach the school area. From the street "Steistrasse" turn to "Vodersteig". In appx. 100m turn left to the parking lot of the school.

Correspondence Address
Kultur- und Bildungszentrum „MIR“
Tannenstrasse 23
CH-8212 Neuhausen a. Rhf.
+41 79 618 81 80
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