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 started planning a long-term strategy under the name “Smart & Active Estonia 2035”. Among others, the strategy will include guidelines for adult education, science, language, and youth for years 2021 - 2035. It is the beginning of a long process but discussion has begun, and stakeholders in adult education have had done vital advocacy work to protect the interests of the sector.
In addition, debates between local authorities and adult education stakeholders have started. The aim of the debates is to raise awareness of the minimal input local municipalities have in the development of adult education, and to involve them in promoting adult education.