In Estonian education strategy education has been defined as the generator and maintainer of personal cultural and social values. This means that education forms and carries on value attitudes which serve as a basis for personal happiness, cultural sustainability and interoperability of the society. Participation in education facilitates the development of the state and develops the human resources of the society.
At the beginning of the academic year 2014/2015, there were about 223,000 persons enrolled in formal education in Estonia. Over 142,000 of them were enrolled in general education, 25,200 in vocational education and 55,200 in higher education.
At the beginning of the academic year 2014/2015, there were 222,966 persons enrolled in formal education. 142,515 of them were enrolled in general education, 25,237 in vocational education and 55,214 in higher education.
At the beginning of the academic year 2013/2014, there were over 226,000 persons enrolled in formal education in Estonia. Over 140,000 of them were enrolled in general education, 25,700 in vocational education and 60,000 in higher education.
Säästva arengu näitajad. Indicators of Sustainable DevelopmentWhat progress has been made towards the four main targets of the Estonian National Strategy on Sustainable Development “Sustainable Estonia 21” (SE21) – growth of welfare, coherent society, viability of the Estonian cultural space and ecological balance? The publication includes 69 indicators of sustainable development that reflect the progress in key domains in Estonia. Under each indicator, there is an analysis of the current situation, an assessment of relevance in the SE21 context, and an overview of the measures defined in current development and action plans. The publication is prepared in cooperation with the Strategy Unit of the Government Office. While the main focus is on sustainable development, the publication provides a good overview of general trends in Estonia.
Young people versus prime-age and elderly peole on the labour market
Labour market analysts often compare different social and/or demographic groups. Attention is paid to the differences in people’s employment prospects based on sex, ethnic nationality or age, for example. The possible reasons for such differences are also analysed. In terms of age groups, many studies focus on young people and the elderly because they are considered to be risk groups on the labour market. Employers may believe that the productivity of the elderly is lower (due to outdated qualifications) and assume that elderly employees are more likely to be absent from work due the health problems, for example (Bellmann et al. 2007).