The "Development Plan for Estonian Adult Education 2009-2013" is a continuation of "Lifelong Learning Strategy 2005-2008". In order to compile the "Development Plan for Estonian Adult Education 2009-2013", the Government of the Republic of Estonia was presented the "Proposal for Compiling the Development Plan for Estonian Adult Education 2009-2013" in 2008, which provided ananalysis of the situation for 2008. The Government of the Republic of Estonia approved the proposal for the compilation of the development plan in December 2008 and gave Ministry of Education and Research the assignment to present the development plan alongside the implementation plan to the Government in 2009. Development plan was approved by the Government of the Republic in September 2009.
The development plan has three main goals. The first of them is the same as that of the lifelong learning strategy for the years 2005-2008 – the implementation of the development plan enables adults better access both to formal education and non-formal education in order to improve the knowledge of people and the level of education of the population and to increase the percentage of people aged 25-64 participating in lifelong learning to 13.5% by 2013. In preparing the present development plan, recent indicators on participation in lifelong learning were taken into account – as compared to the previous years where participation in lifelong learning was around 5-6%, a significant increase was achieved in 2008, with 9.8% of adults participating in lifelong learning.
The other two goals of the development plan add more qualitative indicators in addition to the measurement of participation rate – to decrease the proportion of people aged 25-64 with general education (general secondary education, basic education or a lower level of education) and those without professional or vocational education to 32% in the population and to create the preconditions for obtaining a one level higher level of education or qualification through high-quality education for as many people as possible. In order to fulfil the three general goals, the development plan has specified indicators, measures and activities that have been divided under five goals.
The implementation period of the previous adult education development plan Estonian Lifelong Learning Strategy 2005-2008 has ended. The final report on the strategy was approved by the Government of the Republic in September 2009.