The aim of better integrating non-formal and formal learning is to maximise learning in different learning environments. This contributes to a more flexible education system which prioritises learners’ unique needs, potential and motivations, promoting social cohesion and a culture of lifelong learning. The overall aim is to support individuals to succeed personally and professionally throughout their life course.
While Estonia is known for outstanding student performance in international tests and high-quality digital learning resources and infrastructure, better integration with non-formal learning would support Estonian formal education to improve in several crucial areas in order to realise the potential of students and fulfil its role in advancing social wellbeing.
The key issues this project aims to address include the low level of participation in non-formal learning opportunities in general, the limited recognition of learning that takes place outside formal education and the lack of awareness about the value of non-formal learning in society – despite legal provision being in place to promote and facilitate its use.
The two-year project is aimed at developing the framework for integrating non-formal and formal learning in Estonian general education, taking into account the local context and the needs of stakeholders, as well as international practice.
The consortium created for the implementation of the project is managed by the international consulting company ICF, and in addition to Praxis, Tallinn University and Civitta Eesti AS belong to the project consortium.
The main tasks of Praxis in this project:
1) Drawing up an analytical report on the integration of non-formal and formal learning in Estonia;
2) Conducting impact assessment (including cost-benefit analysis) of different policy options;
3) Providing comprehensive and applicable recommendations for legislation and policy.
The project is funded by the European Commission (DG Reform).