Jaan Tõnisson Institute: A Brief Overview

Founding of JTI. On the picture among the others appear Jüri Luik, Mart Nutt, Avo Kiir and Mart Laar.

Jaan Tõnisson Institute (JTI) carries out research programmes and organizes different conferences, seminars and training sessions for teachers, politicians, governmental officials on national or local scale and for the members and workers of non-governmental organizations.

To enhance the democratic values in the society, JTI has developed tuition programmes of civic education and human rights, and has composed tuition materials on this subject for schools and for the public. JTI has focused especially on the issues of migration, multiculturality and -nationality in Estonia.

Jaan Tõnisson Institute collaborates with many partners both from Estonia and abroad and does not recieve any funding from the government. It has published numerous books and videofilms.

The Training Centre of Jaan Tõnisson Institute is registrated in accordance with the Private Schools Act and organizes additional tuition courses for teachers and students.

Jaan Tõnisson Institute has also been active in treating the issues of nonprofit sector and civic society and creating favorable environment of activity for the organisations.

The work of JTI is coordinated by its executive.


Following centres are currenltly operating within Jaan Tõnisson Institute:

- Civic Education Centre
- Training Centre
- Development Cooperation Centre
- UNESCO Chair


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