Minister Mailis Reps together with the delegation of the Ministry of Education and Research and Foundation Innove is visiting Kazan, Russia from today until Saturday, where the world championships of vocational skills WorldSkills take place.
It is important for Estonia’s talented students to have an opportunity to demonstrate their world-class skills, said Mailis Reps. “WorldSkills is the Olympics of the vocational education. The championships offer students from all over the world an opportunity to give their best, learn from each other gain new experiences and make friends,” said Reps. “It is not commonly understood that vocational education can offer interesting opportunities and great self-fulfillment. I am very proud of our students and I wish them good luck for the competition,” said Reps.
Today, the Minister Mailis Reps and the representatives of the Ministry meet the Estonian delegation and participate at the opening ceremony. Minister Reps also participates in panel discussion at the WorldSkills Conference that brings together the representatives of countries, education, business and international organizations to discuss global trends and challenges in VET.
During the visit to Kazan, the Minister Reps also participates at the Ministers Summit and visits the Kazan University. Minister Reps meets Olga Vassiljeva, the Minister of Education of Russia to discuss the cooperation between Estonia and Russia in the field of general education and support specialists training.
Minister Reps will be in Kazan until Saturday, the closing ceremony on 27th August will be attended by the Secretary General Mart Laidmets.
The 45th WorldSkills take place in Kazan, Russia. The competition will bring together competitors from 63 countries and regions who will compete in 56 skills. Estonia is represented by 13 students who compete in 12 skills. Estonia has been participating in WorldSkills since 2007 and at the previous event that took place in 2017 in Abu Dhabi Estonians won bronze medal in landscape architecture.