“Estonia’s education system is at the top of the world thanks to the fact that there is an equal access to education and we are able to smartly use technological solutions for enhanced learning and teaching,” said Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps yesterday at the G7 Education Ministers Meeting in Paris.
“Estonia sets an example for the world – our achievements, including success story of PISA tests, are widely known and recognized as well as our capability to address challenges. Yesterday’s meeting demonstrated that this is not just something we like to think of ourselves, but indeed, world’s biggest countries are asking for your advice, help and experiences to modernize their education systems,” said Reps after the meeting.
According to the French Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Estonia’s innovative education system is role model for many and he believes that there is a lot to learn from Estonia’s experiences and knowledge. “Education systems and approaches vary by country, but we all can learn from each other,” Blanquer said.
The discussions focused on the provision of equal opportunities starting from early childhood education and fight against school bullying. The participants agreed that ensuring a high-quality and equally accessible basic education would have a positive impact on children’s further development and learning outcomes. France, for example, has lowered the compulsory school age to a age three, which is expected to reduce inequalities in later school years.
According to the Minister Reps, Estonia’s can be satisfied with its organization of basic education: “Early childhood education is an integral part of Estonia’s education system and unlike many countries, there is aa national curriculum.” Reps also stressed in her speech that greater attention must be drawn to the wider mental health issues of children and youth in order to prevent school bullying.
The G7 includes seven countries with the world's largest economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. This was the first time Estonia took part in the G7meeting. In addition to Estonia, Argentina and Singapore were alsoinvited to the meeting.