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Estonia supports development of e-learning in Crimean schools

25.08.2011

No 275-E

Estonia is committed to contributing to the development of e-learning in schools in Ukraine’s Crimea region. As part of a development cooperation project, teachers at Crimean schools will be taught to use information and communications technology both in classroom instruction and in organizing schoolchildren’s independent studies. A learning environment similar to Estonia’s “Miksike” portal will be set up for schools. The project also opens the door for Crimean schoolchildren to take part in an international “mental math” competition.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said Estonia has made major strides in the field of e-learning and that it is well-positioned to share its experiences and IT solutions with others. “Miksike is very popular in Estonia and adopting a similar interface in Ukrainian schools would make lessons there more diverse and exciting,” said Paet. “The opportunity to use e-worksheets and online tests and quizzes will make the work of teachers easier as well and help plan their day more productively.”

The broader goal of the project is to support achievement of the goals of the UNESCO Education for All program and the goals set in the Ukrainian information society development plan 2007-2015, which call for students to be given an opportunity to acquire ITC knowledge and skills concurrently with the learning process.

Ukraine has been one of Estonia’s development cooperation partner countries since 2006. The Foreign Minister is providing 38,184 euros of support for the development of e-learning in Crimean schools in Ukraine.

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