We are learning Russian
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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

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. -
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. -
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. -
Olga Geiger
Olga Geiger

is a day care assistant teacher

As an assistant teacher, I help all children spend the day in a benevolent and cheerful atmosphere. I pass my creative skills on to the kids though crafting together with them. In addition, it's a great pleasure for me to be able to speak with them in my Russian mother tongue -
Alexandra Geringer
Alexandra Geringer

Daycare Director responsible for organizational, financial issues, determines the core directions of center’s activity in the areas of pre-school education.

Alina Gnatyshina
Alina Gnatyshina

Teacher of the Russian language and history experienced in working with multilingual children

My objective it not just to teach "the rules" but rather inspire children,transfuse my passion to learn and explore the world of literature, poetry, culture and history through learning the Russian language. -
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.
Marina Kortmann
Marina Kortmann

Teacher of preschool pedagogy and psychology and the speech therapist, day care assistant teacher

The transfer of the native language of parents to children is a natural process, but in a foreign environment, its implementation acquires certain peculiarities and difficulties. Your child's bilingualism should not be viewed as a choice or a decision, on the contrary, it should be natural. I believe that by nature the child is endowed with activity and curiosity, he is able to self-development, including learning. It is important to maintain this need. And our primary task is to create the conditions necessary for its self-development, individuality, and internal capabilities. A warm and friendly atmosphere in the group helps to reveal the potential of children, develop their independence and confidence, and therefore motivate the natural curiosity of the child to the world of knowledge and mastery of the mother tongue. Learning a second language, native to the father or mother, the child learns its culture, thereby gaining a better understanding of himself: his behavior, attitude, mentality, character. -
Aksana Nikitsenko
Aksana Nikitsenko
Head of School responsible for organizational, financial issues, determines the core directions of center’s activity in the areas of primary and secondary school education.is the primary school teacher with professional experience in Belarus. She teaches Russian language and Mathematics.
Most important when working with children is to preserve her individual, special way of seeing, thinking and feeling. -
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! -
Victoria Spieth
Victoria Spieth

Professional linguist, teaches Logic

The most important task of education is to prepare children for the future, despite the fact that we do not exactly know what it will be like. Society is changing rapidly, it is impossible to predict what knowledge in 20 or 30 years can be necessary for children who are starting their school path today. I believe that a fluent knowledge of Russian and acquaintance with Russian culture will give our children in the future enormous opportunities not only in business and politics, but also in the opportunities for spiritual and intellectual self-development. -
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! -
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. -


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:

Vordersteig 20, CH-8200 Schaffhausen (Schule)

Vordersteig 34, CH-8200 Schaffhausen (Spielgruppe)

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“
Felsenaustrasse 35
CH-8200 Schaffhausen
+41 76 325 75 83 (Schule)
+41 76 605 15 75 (Spielgruppe)
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