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Foreign Ministry Supports Global Education in Estonian Schools


No. 212-E

The Foreign Ministry has allocated 19 608 euros to support a project of Humana Estonia that aims to increase the number of topics related to global and development education that are taught in Estonian schools. The project will include the teaching of the principles of global and development education as early as pre-school, with the goal of cultivating a feeling of solidarity in children and expanding their worldview.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that an interest in the cultures, religions, and customs of other countries helps people to better understand their place in the world. “This is why it is important to grant more attention to global education in Estonia,” he added.

The Humana Estonia project will introduce the principles and values of global education to primary school instructors and university students that are studying to become primary school teachers. The projects will also be geared towards professors who could tie global education themes into their lectures and seminars.

Global education is a learning process in which the principal values are solidarity, equality, inclusion, and co-operation. Global education gets individuals to understand the causes and effects of globalisation and to become familiar with the primary international development goals and human development concepts, creating an opportunity for them to make their own contribution and be active citizens.

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