Mart Laidmets, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia participated at the OECD’s 25th session of the Education Policy Committee in Paris, France. Among other topics, the future of education (Education 2030) and school choice was discussed. Estonia’s redesign of curriculum and future-oriented education system was highlighted.
“Estonia has always been aiming to the education system that is connected to the real world – teaching students practical and useful skills and competences as well flexibility and providing knowledge for acquiring new skills,” said Mart Laidmets in Paris. “Such approach and Estonia’s experiences set example to other countries as our education has transformed to more student- and future-oriented,” Laidmets added.
Estonia's parents have wide choice of schools
The parental school choice and autonomy of school were discussed at the session. It focused on how to reduce the risk of increasing spatial and social segregation as well as fostering the free choice by parents on school choice. Compared to many other countries, Estonia’s parents have wide school choice. It is possible, for example, thanks to the educational database HaridusSilm that provides comprehensive data on school’s performance in a number of categories, said Laidmets.
In many countries, high tution fees or location may limit parents’ school choice. “A cap on tution fees, common set criteria and cooperation with local community and government have created diverse field of ecucation in Estonia. Compared to other countries, private schools in Estonia rather diversify choices and opportunities than adds barriers and limits choices,” explained Laidmets.
Cooperation was discussed at bilateral meetings
Laidmets met OECD representatives in Paris to discuss the projects of monitoring education system and skills stategy. The organization of Global Education Industry Summit was discussed as well.
- What is Education 2030?
The Future of Education and Skills 2030 project aims to help countries find answers to what knowledge, skills, attitudes and values are needed for today's students to thrive and shape their world, as well as how instructional systems can effectively develop them.
- What is HaridusSilm?
HaridusSilm is visual education database that helps to compare schools according to different factors. Schools can be compared according to the number of teachers and students, their satisfaction, teachers’ qualifications, academic performance and results of exams.