In order to use technology successfully, we need the ability to solve problems with the help of digital technology. Digital competence plays an essential role in Estonian education. Actually, the success of the digital transformation of the education system relies on thorough professional development and training of teachers and educational technologists. Since 2014 Estonia has a lifelong learning strategy that includes also a digital transformation programme to help develop the digital competence of both, the teachers and the students. Teachers in schools and universities are provided support with educational technology to maximize the opportunities that the digital age provides in their work.
The Estonian state also wants children and parents to develop a positive attitude to technology at an early stage. There are opportunities for learning programming, robotics, and other modern technologies as early as pre-school. For example, ProgeTiger programme generates interest in technology from kindergarten to upper secondary school. Schools are integrating the teaching of digital skills into existing classes, and elective courses and hobby groups are offered. Read more about how digital competence is developed in the Estonian education system.
The IT sector and IT specialists also play a major role in ensuring economic development in Estonia. The state and private sector have launched a number of initiatives toward providing enough IT specialists for all branches of the economy. The real nature of IT work is presented through workshops and by breaking the myth that IT only equals programming. Estonia’s success in the digital revolution can be seen in the educational landscape since twice as many students pursue IT careers in Estonia than the average in other OECD countries.
Read more on the Estonian education system and its essential components on Education Estonia webpage.