• Participation in adult learning in Estonia is high, but low-educated adults remain underrepresented. While the government strongly supports continuing education for the unemployed, many of the non-formal adult education opportunities require the students to privately finance their lifelong learning. Civil society is supporting the implementation of the 2021-2035 strategy for adult education. 

Estonia country reports

Estonia 2021

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  • Estonia introduction

    Adult education providers in Estonia continue to focus their efforts on making learning accessible and appealing to all adults, from all backgrounds. Current policies support the idea of increasing adult participation in education; however certain...

  • Recent developments in Estonia

    As the current Lifelong Learning strategy in Estonia is only active until 2020, there is a need for a new and relevant national strategy for the development of the education sector. The Ministry of Education & Research and its partners have starte...

  • Links to EU and international policy in Estonia

    The Estonian state established its commitment to Goal 4 of the SDG through the Estonian National Strategy on Sustainable Development “Sustainable development 21”. The strategy encourages the development of educational system in Estonia to ensure e...

  • Challenges and recommendations in Estonia

    According to our members, the biggest focus for the near future is achieving the desired results concerning adult education through discussions of the “Smart & Active Estonia 2035” strategy. The main focus of EAEA’s members in Estonia will be to i...

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General situation of adult education
frowning face has slightly deteriorated in 2021
Funding situation of adult education
coin pile with arrow pointing slightly down has slightly deteriorated in 2021

Participation in adult education

% of persons aged 25-64
20.2% participation rate last 4 weeks (European Labour Force Survey 2019)
44% participation rate last 12 months (European Adult Education Survey 2016)