The EU Directors General for General Education will meet in Tallinn today and tomorrow to discuss how to adapt education systems to meet the emergent demands of a world in flux.
The meeting will be chaired by Mart Laidmets, the Deputy Secretary General for General and Vocational Education, who said that the focus is on the question how the educational policies and management can support teachers and school leaders to apply the necessary changes. „We will discuss how to develop schools and improve teaching to give young people a great start in life. Today's school children will work in professions that do not yet exist. Education must provide them with skills to achieve success and happiness in the changing society,“ noted Laidmets.
The meeting will highlight the best practices in Member States for developing more inclusive schools, supporting teachers and school leaders, and making school systems more effective and equitable. Margit Timakov, the leader of the Estonian Teachers Association, will talk about the role of the stakeholders in the success stories of Estonian education. Participants of the Estonian program Noored Kooli (Youth to School) will be moderating the roundtable discussions.
Tomorrow the delegates will have school visits to Tallinn Asunduse Kindergarten, Kadriorg German Gymnasium, Audentes School, Tallinn Polytechnic School and Centre for Innovation in Education in Tallinn University. The aim of the school visits is to discuss how schools have engaged stakeholders through values-based management and leadership policies to define education policies, and foster the development of a student and learning-centred school culture. The school visits are also part of the agenda of the Presidency Conference "Contemporary Approaches to Learning and Teaching" taking place 19-20 September in Tallinn University.
The Meeting of Directors General for Schools in Tallinn is part of the official programme of Estonia’s presidency in the EU Council. The Estonian presidency’s priorities for education include the modernisation of teaching and learning on all levels of education, and the links between education and working life.