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Action 66 in Estonia flag Estonia

Member States to promote long-term e-skills and digital literacy policies

Indicator Status Evidence
Does an explicit strategy document exist? No However, acquisition of ICT-skills and competencies on various levels as well as promotion of digital literacy are present in different policies (see below). In addition, a number of specific initiatives and projects have been initiated in the field
Is there funding for digital literacy/e-skills projects and programmes (including EU funding)? Yes There are several possibilities (mainly EU funding) to get funding for digital literacy/e-skills training and promoting projects. For example The Estonian Information System’s Authority Structural Funds Unit (http://www.ria.ee/eu-structural-funds/) have organised open application rounds on topics like raising awareness about different e-services and e-skills. There is also EU funded programme “Raising Public Awareness about the Information Society” (http://www.ria.ee/programme/) which promotes digital literacy and e-skills. Foundation INNOVE is focused on supporting lifelong learning programmes and projects including funding for different types of projects in the areas of labour market and education (http://vana.innove.ee/structural-funds). There is an ESF funded program, aimed to develop key competences of adult population ( the digital competence is one of the eight key competences). The program period is 2007 – 2012 (prolonged to 2013). As a result at least 40 000 persons will participate, and 45 training centers offer the courses. http://www.vabaharidus.ee/index.php?page=68
Are there special programmes encouraging women, older workers ethnic minorities and other target groups to use ICT? Yes The above mentioned funding possibilities are covering also the targeted groups as the supported projects are focusing on different awareness raising and teaching needs. Look@World Foundation (http://www.vaatamaailma.ee/ in Estonian only) is teaching and promoting ICT use since 2002. The projects include broad range of target groups from people who need the basic computer and Internet skills to unemployed who will become IT-specialists after the course.
Are there special programmes targeting employees (especially older workers and SMEs)? Yes An ESF program lead by Ministry of Education and Research is aimed to offer retraining courses to adult population (specially older and lower qualified people). The use of ICT is one of the themes of the courses http://ttka.hm.ee/
Is ICT being integrated in classroom teaching and vocational training? Yes Main emphasize in Estonia right now is on creating e-learning materials and teacher training.Through ESF project „Learning Tiger 2008-2013“ 11 000 teachers, headmasters and other educators in general education system are being trained in ICT basic skills as well as 14 different courses also created during this programm on integrating ICT into learning and teaching process. http://www.tiigrihype.ee/?op=&id= Through ESF project „Development of e-learning within vocational education“ (2008 – 2013) there will be created over thousand e-learning materials and learning objects and will be trained over 1000 teachers.
Are there programms offering ICT skills trainings in telecentres, public libraries and other informal environments? Yes For example Tallinn Central Library is offering basic computer trainings for elderly people but also trainings based on needs like internet security, office software, information searching etc.

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