On November 15, AmCham members gathered for the November Speaker Luncheon with the Estonian Minister of Education Kristina Kallas.
During the meeting, we had a chance to hear from Minister Kallas about the historical background of the Estonian education system and how it set the stage for the current structure and strategy. The Minister has also pointed out the 6 strengths of the Estonian education: autonomy, mentality (aim-high-work-hard mindset), social support, diversity, early childhood education, and the role of digital technologies.
She has also shared the Ministry’s vision for the future that was based on 3 main pillars: new expectations for the education system, developing higher-level cognitive skills, smart use of AI.
In addition, Minister Kallas has touched upon the current reforms which include the transition to Estonian language, revision of the national curricula, vocational education reforms, and testing of personalised learning paths.
The meeting ended with a very lively Q&A session with the audience. If fact, the session was so active that we even ran out of time and some of the questions had to be saved for the next meeting.
We would like to sincerely thank Minister Kallas for this opportunity and engaging in this very important discussion with AmCham Members. We would also like to thank the Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Conference and Spa Hotel for a great set up and venue for this lunch meeting.