• 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 2023

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  • Participation rate in lifelong learning is rising in Estonia

    According to EAEA’s member ANDRAS, Estonian adult learning and education (ALE)  situation has slightly improved compared to the previous year. Also the funding situation for ALE has slightly improved and the participation rate in lifelong learning is rising.

    According to ANDRAS, the existing ALE policies promote inclusive and accessible adult education, respond to labour market needs, and foster social cohesion, democratic participation, and well-being. However, no significant changes or new adult education policies were reported in Estonia in this period.

    Funding sources of adult education in Estonia are the following:

    • Project funding
    • Programme funding
    • Fees paid by individuals
    • Contributions paid by employers.

    Connection with decision-makers are good, but could be better

    Civil society organisations in Estonia have good opportunities to express their views and concerns to policymakers. ANDRAS has actively participated in public consultations at the national level and is a strategic partner to the Ministry of Education & Research. Civil society from Estonia is also involved in the implementation of the CONFINTEA VII Marrakech Framework for Action. However, ANDRAS would like national decision-makers to foster more contacts with adult education providers.

    Adult learning and the EU

    The Country Reports and Country Specific Recommendations of the European Commission are perceived to reflect the situation of ALE in Estonia well. ALE programs also address the issues indicated in the reports. The implementation of the European Education Area in Estonia is getting clearer and better.

    EAEA’s Estonian member reports that ALE organisations in Estonia are aware of Erasmus+ mobility opportunities and also have the capacity to apply for Erasmus+ funding.

    ANDRAS has planned several activities in the context of the European Year of Skills.

    Current activities and future plans

    In 2023, ANDRAS has planned several events focusing on adult learning and the green transition, including seminars and forums. ANDRAS has also engaged in advocacy activities such as Adult Learners' Week, Adult Education Forum, Adult Learners' Forum, and regional networks of Adult Education.

    The organisation's focus for 2023/2024 includes enhancing skills and raising adults' awareness of learning opportunities.

Estonia 2021

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General situation of adult education
happy face has slightly improved in 2023
Funding situation of adult education
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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)