Teachers should be trusted and more independence shall be given to them, said minister Reps at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession in Lisbon, Portugal.
“Teachers deserve to be more trusted and need more independence in their work, but we also must provide better support to Estonia’s education to continue to be at the top level and example to the world as well to continue with the development,” said minister Reps at the Summit.
Ministers of education focused on during the three-day summit on supporting teachers on implementing new approaches and digital technologies as well teachers’ satisfaction and increasing the efficiency of teaching.
Estonia’s delegation visited also Baixa-Chiado school cluster that combines six educational establishments. Special support programmes, revising national curriculas and developing skills of the 21st century were discussed. Portugal and Estonia are different countries, but educational problems are similar.
In addition to the minister, Estonia was represented by Kristi Mikiver from Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia; Reemo Voltri from the Estonian Education Personnel Union and Heidi Uustalu from the Estonian School Heads Association.
The Summit was organized by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) together with Portugal’s ministry of education and organization Education International.