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Adult education programmes

In the period 2008-2013, the European Social Fund financed three adult education programmes:

  • Work related training in VET institutions and development of adult education by million euros;

  • Training in popular adult education institutions by 4 million euros;

  • PR programme for adult education by 1 million euros.

In addition, 3 million euros was allocated to projects carried out by applicants.

Work-related training in VET institutions and the development of adult education

The programme was launched in the summer of 2009 under the guardianship of the Vocational and Adult Education Department of the Ministry of Education and Research. The programme ends in 2014.

Training the adult population
In the course of the programme, free work-related training courses are held at institutions of vocational education and institutions of professional higher education that provide vocational training. In 2009–2014, at least 33,000 people will receive training in the course of the programme. Training courses will be held in all counties. In addition, at least 270 adult educators and experts engaged in this field will be trained.

Development activities:

  • analysing and updating the methodology for managing state-commissioned education at the level of the state as well as the educational institutions;
  • developing study programmes for work-related training;
  • analysing the activities of private education establishments;
  • creating an adult education sub-module in the Estonian Education Information System;
  • conducting studies and analyses.

Adult education at popular adult education centres

The programme was initiated in 2008 and was carried out by the Estonian Non-formal Adult Education Association. The following activities are taking place in the course of the programme:

Training activities
In the period 2008-3013, training was provided for at least 40,000 people. The training courses were held at 45 popular adult education centres in all counties to increase professional competitiveness. Training was provided on key competences for lifelong learning: communication in the mother tongue, communication in foreign languages, digital competence, learning to learn, social and civic competences, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and expression. Training courses were also held for adult educators and experts engaged in the field.

Development activities:

  • assessment of the quality of the education centres;
  • developing a technique for determining education needs and new target groups;
  • developing study programmes;
  • procuring equipment for adult education centres;
  • updating the websites of popular adult education centres.

Popularisation of adult education

The programme was launched in 2008 and is being carried out by the Association of Estonian Adult Educators ANDRAS. The following activities are taking place in the course of the popularisation programme:

Information activities:

  • The on-going organisation of the Adult Learners Week.
  • As of 2009, the Huvitaja show, which is broadcast on the public radio station Vikerraadio, was focused on adult education. It was also possible to listen to it afterwards on the Vikerraadio website.
  • Beginning in 2009, Estonian Television aired the Tagatargemad series. All together, 53 shows were produced in the series.
  • Nine issues of the adult education magazine Õpitrepp were published during the programme.

Training activities
Qualification courses were organised for adult educators, workshops were held for qualified educators and continuing education is provided for teachers at adult upper secondary schools and institutions of vocational education.

Development activities
The professional standard for adult educators/andragogical professionals was updated.


Last updated: 8 December 2014