To make better use of Estonia’s high-quality education and R&D systems for the benefit of people, society and economy of the country, the Ministry of Education and Research is preparing strategies for the next period (2021–2035) in the fields of education, research, youth, and language policy:
1. Education Strategy
A comprehensive strategy in the area of education (all levels, formal, non-formal and informal education)
2. RDI Strategy and Entrepreneurship Strategy (in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications)
A comprehensive strategy in the fields of science, research, innovation and entrepreneurship
3. Youth Field Strategy
Horizontal strategy focused on the young people opportunities for šelf-development and šelf-realisation
4. Language Strategy
Horizontal strategy focused on language policy objectives to ensure the functioning of the Estonian language as the state language in all spheres of life.
Why do we need high-performing education and R&D systems?
Preliminary analysis and document preparation from May 2018 to March 2019.
In spring 2018, the ministry formed expert groups that, by March 2019, drew up the vision documents for 2021–2035 for the fields of education, research, youth, and language policy. The vision documents will serve as an input for the strategy working groups that started work in spring 2019.
Ideas collected at professional conferences and similar events in 2018 and 2019.
In August 2018, proposals for developing the fields of education, research, youth, and language policy were collected at the Opinion Festival. Starting from 2018, the ministry and its partner organisations in the field held discussions to collect ideas at major events of the field, based on which experts drew up vision documents.
Information and discussion rounds for the general public in 2018–2019.
In collaboration with its partners, the ministry organises participatory events for the stakeholders and general public in the most important stages of the strategic process. Debates about the future of the fields of education, research, youth, and language policy took place at the Opinion Festivals of 2018 and 2019. Proposals were also collected during discussions and public debates organised by the Government Office and the Ministry of Finance to gain input for the state strategy Estonia 2035.
In April 2019, the ministry organised a vision conference addressing matters of education, research, youth, and language policy to introduce the vision documents to the general public. In July and August 2019, public discussions for Education Strategy were held.
Public discussion rounds will continue.
Working groups for preparing strategies from April to December 2019.
To formulate strategic goals and indicators, as well as to agree on the key activities of policy implementation, the ministry formed working groups consisting of the most important partners and interested parties.
• the educational system;
• teachers and teaching;
Separate working groups have been formed to discuss language policy and youth issues. Research and development activities are planned by the working group on research and development, entrepreneurship, and innovation planning, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.
The strategic process is moving in the same time frame as other important strategic processes in Estonia, such as the all-encompassing strategy Estonia 2035 (Estonia’s long-term reform plan; also the basis for planning the use of the next period’s EU funds).
- Education: Kersti Kõiv, Analysis Department, adviser firstname.lastname@example.org
- Research and development: Katrin Pihor, Head of the Research Policy Department, email@example.com
- Youth policy: Reelika Ojakivi, Head of the Youth Affairs Department, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Language: Piret Kärtner, Head of the Language Policy Department, email@example.com
Tatjana Kiilo, Head of the Analysis Department
Inclusion of stakeholders:
Elo Tuppits, Analysis Department, adviser