Minister of Education and Research Ms Mailis Reps is in Lisbon, Portugal from today to Friday to participate in the International Summit on the Teaching Profession. The Summit focuses on new challenges and opportunities facing the teaching profession.
Minister Reps said that rapid changes in the world and society’s ever higher expectations to education require more and more innovative approach to teaching by teachers. “I am going to discuss with my colleagues from other countries how state can support teachers better to address the society’s expectations. I hope to get great ideas to implement in Estonia,” said minister Reps on the expectations to the Summit.
During the three-day summit, ministers of education from different countries will discuss the role of schools at the center of their communities, supporting teachers in implementing new approaches and digital technologies as well teachers’ satisfaction and increasing the efficiency of teaching.
Minister will visit the Baixa-Chiado school cluster that gathers six school establishments. The cluster encompasses different levels of education from kindergarten to secondary education and provides special support programme. There are more than 1600 students from 35 different countries studying in the cluster.
Estonia is represented at the summit in addition to Ms Reps by Ms Kristi Mikiver, the advisor at the general education department of the Ministry; Mr Reemo Voltri, the chairman of the Estonian Education Personnel Union; Ms Heidi Uustalu, member of the board of the Estonian School Heads Association.
The Summit is organized by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) together with Portugal’s ministry of education and organization Education International. Previously, the summits have taken place in the United States of America, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada, Germany and United Kingdom.
The summit can be followed on Twitter with hashtags #istplisbon18 ja #iSTP2018