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European education experts meet in Tallinn to talk about the future of learning


The high-level education conference: Contemporary Approaches to Learning and Teaching, starts today in Tallinn. Nearly 200 education experts from Europe will discuss the alignment of education systems with the needs of our evolving society during the conference.

The education conference held at Tallinn University on 19-20 September brings together education experts, researchers, officials, and representatives of students, teachers and employers across Europe. The conference seeks to find a way to ensure that, besides gaining solid knowledge and basic skills, learners of all ages are satisfied with their educational experience and ready to take responsibility for their own lives and the world around them.

The conference will be opened by the Minister for Education and Research, Mailis Reps, who noted that education systems should constantly adapt to the rapidly changing world. “Estonia has many good experiences in contemporary learning and teaching to share with other countries. We are excited that the the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union gives us a chance to spread the success stories of our education and a good opportunity to learn from others as well,” said Minister Reps.

In the morning, participants will visit the Tallinn Asunduse Kindergarten, Kadriorg German Gymnasium, Audentes School, and the Tallinn Polytechnic School and Centre for Innovation in Education in Tallinn University. They will talk with school staff regarding how schools involve stakeholders in shaping the school environment to best support the development and learning of each student.

In the afternoon, speeches will be made by the Professor of Educational Psychology, P. Robert-Jan Simons, from Utrecht University, the Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Michael S. C. Thomas, from the University of London, and the Professor of School Psychology, Eve Kikas, from Tallinn University. In addition, there will be discussions about learning environments that support lifelong learning, the involvement of external stakeholders, and teaching the new generation of learners.

Tomorrow, the conference will continue with a discussion on the role and responsibility of the various stakeholders of the education system in bringing about desired changes. The panel discussion involves representatives from pan-European associations of students, teachers, school heads, employers, and trade unions.

The conference is organised by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and is one of the main events of the Estonian Presidency in the field of education.

You can follow a live stream of the event on the videos page. More information about the conference is available on the event page.

Further information about the Estonian Presidency’s priorities and events in the field of education is available on the Ministry of Education and Research website.