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Factsheet for measure EE-2022-23/2895 – measures in Estonia
, applies locally
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 June 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to childcare and education
|Author||Ingel Kadarik (Praxis Center for Policy Studies) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||15 September 2022 (updated 21 September 2022)|
Due to the Russian war against Ukraine, thousand of Ukrainian children have arrived to Estonia. Most families are located in the capital, where there is a heavy burden on providing educational opportunities for children. To relieve the burden and ensure access to education, the Ministry of Education and Research opened a new school in Tallinn for the war refugees.
The Freedom School was created as a separate study site at the Tallinn Tõnismäe State Gymnasium in the capital of Estonia. Altogether 800 children in grades 7-12 (aged 13-19) can study in the school. 300 places meant for grades 7-9 should cover an half of the actual need of study places of these grades in Tallinn. The school will follow the Estonian national study curriculum and at least 60% of the lessons at the school will be taught in Estonian. It is expected the school will support the integration of Ukrainian children into Estonian society while still ensuring they will keep their national identity. Applications were accepted as of 1 June 2022 and the school launched on 1 September 2022. The staff consists of 73 employees, of whom 29 are teachers and support specialists from Ukraine.
The school's team consists of 73 people, 29 of whom are teachers and support specialists from Ukraine.
As of 1 September 2022, altogether 560 children, of whom 320 in lower secondary education (grades 7-9) and 240 in upper secondary education (grades 10-12), started their studies in the school. Each class has a total of 20 to 22 students.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
Local / regional government
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
There is no information available.
The regional branch in Viljandi of the Estonian Educational Personnel Union has proposed to use similar approach in other regions in Estonia as well. They stated that it is difficult for all parties to teach Ukrainian children if they are scattered across different schools and classes while the teachers have low or no preparation. They suggested that in other regions, there could also be specific schools opened for Ukrainian children.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|P - Education||P85 Education|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2022), Freedom School opened for Ukrainian pupils in Estonia, measure EE-2022-23/2895 (measures in Estonia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EE-2022-23_2895.html
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