Today, the Ministry of Education and Research is holding a training day for the diplomatic corps residing in Estonia. This year, the envoys will visit the Kloogaranna youth camp to learn about youth work in Estonia, and the Minister Mailis Reps will talk about Estonia's priorities during its EU presidency.
According to Minister Mailis Reps, preparations for Estonian presidency in the field of education, research and youth have progressed as intended. “We are ready to take over the presidency in a few days and demonstrate our capability and strength to all of Europe,” said Reps.
Estonia’s priorities in the field of youth during the presidency include smart youth work, supporting youth volunteering, and coming to an agreement on the principles for shaping the future of the youth sector. The main topics in the education field are the evolving role of learning and teaching and the links between education and labour market to ensure that the education system provides learners with knowledge and skills that help them cope with the rapid changes of the modern world. As for the research field, Estonia will endeavour to increase the role of research in promoting social and economic progress in the EU.
The Head of the Ministry’s Youth Department Reelika Ojakivi and the Director of the Estonian Youth Work Centre Edgar Schlümmer will be telling the diplomats about Estonia’s youth policy and youth work. A tour at the Kloogaranna youth camp will be led by the Camp Manager Helga Eichen.
The Ministry of Education and Research has held the training day for diplomats for more than ten years. This year, there will be 26 participants from 20 countries, including 10 ambassadors. Further participants include representatives from the French Institute, the Finnish Institute, and UNESCO.