To speed up the innovation in education, 3.4 million euros will be allocated. It enables more than 100 Estonia’s school to purchase different devices, learning materials, labs and train teachers.
“In Estonia’s schools, the innovation in education is on-going – soon all basic school students have chance to use digital learning materials for free, learn new skills and learn from new perspectives,” said Minister of education and research Ms Mailis Reps. “We seek to enhance cooperation between school, as well that students will always have possibility to learn the most interesting way. This is the reasons of this support mechanism – many schools have already started or will start learning together,” added Reps.
The deputy head of the E-Services’ Department of the Ministry, Ms Kristel Rillo explains that the mechanism is created to make learning more practical, support interschool cooperation and to inspire schools to grow stronger together. “There are different learning environments and learning materials – there are some that would be needed daily, but there are some that would be needed occasionally, thus it would not be sustainable to have those just for one school,” explained Rillo the background. “Thanks to the European Social Fund, schools can have labs, devices, learning materials and train teachers as well cover any other related costs,” Rillo added. The funding mechanism is designed in a way that all necessary expenses can be made.
The support will be allocated to 24 projects with more than 100 schools participants. The specific aim of the support is to provide specific and special devices that could be used jointly. There are at least 3 partner school in each funded project. “The funded projects are very different and reflect school’s readiness for new approaches very well, especially on developing students’ digital skills,” said Rillo. The labs for sound, robotics and nature science will be set up, but also stratosphere will be researched with satellites as well renewable energy.
The special attention is on professional skillset in the professional and vocational education training. The renewal of learning facilities will bring attractive, safe and practical learning conditions – 2 million euros were allocated to professional and vocational education institutions to have simulators.
More than 17 million euros will be allocated to schools by the end of this year to speed up the innovation in education. This will be accompanied with free learning materials for basic school students, as well 8 million euros will be allocated to provide more than 10 000 computers and smart projectors. The renewal of schools’ internet connection is also underway and will be finished by the year 2023.