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STEPS - Survival toolkit for EDC in Postfactual Societies

Year: 2017 - 2019

ERASMUS+ mobility project STEPS brought together 15 partner organisations from different European countries for 2-years cooperation. Partners discussed the essence and demands of so-called Postfactual Society, developed EDC (Education for Democratic Citizenship) Kit promoting knowledge and skills for living in the new reality and providing traing-of-trainers for disseminating the outcomes of the project. The launch of the project took place in June 2017 in Berlin. The following meetings of the partners were held in Spain and Greece.

Overview of the history of Jaan Tõnisson Institute

Time: 2018

In 2018, Jaan Tõnisson Institute assembled its current history book. The book was issued on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jaan Tõnisson whose name the institute bears. The 256-page book provides an overview of the activities of the oldest non-profit-making organization in Estonia that was established on April 17, 1991, until the summer of 2018. The book contains illustrations, documents, data tables.

Shaping and debating the future of EU

Year: 2015-2016

Area: The main aim of the project was to initiate a discussion and debate in four European countries (Estonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Latvia) about the future of the European Union. The project countries were chosen to be 2 "new" member states of the EU (Estonia and Malta/Latvia), 1 recently joined member state of the EU (Croatia) and one EU membership candidate country (Bosnia and Herzegovina), representing also different regions of Europe. Project activities started in most of the countries in the spring of 2015 and continued until the year 2016. 

The activities took place in each country on a national level, but also on local / regional level. In each location debates involved different stakeholder groups (policy makers, civil servants – but focusing on those groups who will be directly affected by the EU sectoral policies: youth, entrepreneurs, socially disadvantaged etc). 

Partners:  Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Foreign Policy Initiative BH. Croatia: European Education Forum (EEF). Latvia Biedriba "Solis Tuvak".  
Funding: Europe for Citizens programme. European Commission. Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

Supporting EU integration process in Georgian Kvemo-Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti regions and in the Autonomous Republic of Ajaria

Year: 2014-2015
Area: The aim of the project is to increase awareness about European Union, EU integration process and role of EU in Georgia among the Georgian ethnic minorities of Azeri and Armenians as well as the inhabitants of the Republic of Ajaria. The improved awareness will help to increase civic participation in policy development and decision making processes. This improvement is crucial bearing in mind the tendencies prevalent in Georgia home and foreign policy development. The project empowers the inhabitants of Kvemo-Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti regions and the Republic of Ajaria to participate in the home and foreign affairs of Geogia, in social, political, economic and cultural life – thus helping to ensure their equal opportunities in realizing their civil, political, economic and social rights. 
Partners: GFSIS, NGO Borjghal, Estonian European Movement, Estonian University of Life Sciences

The project was financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the funds of development cooperation and humanitarian aid.

Supporting the capacity of agricultural producers in Samtskhe-Javakheti region and developing producer co-operatives
Time: August 2014
Area: The aim of the project is to reduce rural poverty and increase the agricultural and economic capability of the farmers in the rural areas of Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia.
Partners: The Estonian Embassy in Georgia, Georgian NGO Regional and Local Government Development Institute, Estonian Farmers Federation, Estonian University of Life Sciences.

The project was financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the funds of development cooperation and humanitarian aid.

Improvement of environmental education in Senegal 

Year: 2014-2015
Area: The objective of the project is increased knowledge in environmental and environmental protection issues among the population in Dakar, capital of Senegal. 
Partners: Senegalese American Bilingual School

The project was financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the funds of development cooperation and humanitarian aid.

“Through Youth Cooperation Towards More Sustainable Societies”

Year: 2014
Area: The aim of the project financed by the Estonia – Latvia Programme is to indeepen the cooperation between the youth of the neighbouring countries Estonia and Latvia via common research and development work on the environmental issues of raising awareness about the sustainability.
Partner: “Radošas Initiativas Centrs” (Latvia)
 

Helping to integrate the Armenian and Azeri minorities into Georgian society 
Year: 2013 – 2014
Area: The objective of the project is the increased civic activity of the Armenian and Azeri minorities in Georgia through their active participation in society, policy and decision making process, focusing at rural and regional development. 

The project was financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the funds of development cooperation and humanitarian aid.

Nordplus Adult Learning Programme project “New and Old Democracies”

Year: 2012 – 2014
Area: Supporting adult education and learning to meet the challenges of modern citizenship by exchanging experiences between old and young democracies
Partners: Folkevirke (Denmark), Sveio Municipality (Norway), Druskinikai Education Centre (Lithuania), NGO “Radošas Initiativas Centrs” (Latvia).

European Commission TEMPUS Programme project “DOIT – Development of an International Model for Curricular Reform in Multicultural Education and Cultural Diversity Training”.
Year: 2012 – 2015
Area: DOIT enhances the quality of education in participating Israeli and Georgian Higher Educational Institutions by designing, piloting and implementing curricular reform which promotes multicultural education and cultural diversity training and by facilitating the exchange and sharing of knowledge among professionals involved in education. 
Partners: 17 universities and NGO-s from Israel, Georgia and Europe.

Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme project „Becoming a Change Agent for Rural Citizenship – a Qualification Programme for Rural Areas in Europe“.
Year: 2012 – 2015
Area: The aim of the project is to contribute to an educated society in rural areas of Europe by designing a European course concept that can be applied in different political contexts and cultural backgrounds for raising civic engagement and political participation and by training change agents fostering active citizenship in rural areas.
Partners: Forum for international planning and development (finep), Agora CE o.p.s., Academy Rural Areas Baden-Württemberg (Germany); Místní akční skupina Broumovsko+ (Czech Republic); Balkan Assist Association (Bulgaria); Monte, ACE (Portugal); Jaan Tõnisson Institute (Estonia).

Project website-www.quapro.eu

European Commission project „Evening with Ombudsman – Empowering rural communities through knowledge on fundamental rights“.
Year: 2012 – 2014
Area: The aim of the project is to raise the awareness of EU citizens living in rural/remote areas about their fundamental rights as declared in the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union and enhance their understanding of the possibilities for addressing the violations of their rights. 

Partners: the Civic Education Center at Masaryk University (Czech Republic), the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the Center of Civic Education (Poland), Romanian Society for Lifelong Learning (Romania).

Helping to integrate the Armenian minority into Georgian society
Year: 2012 – 2013
Area: The objective of the project is the increased participation of the Armenian minority in Georgian civic society as well as policy and decision making process. The project aims at creating the capacity among the Armenian minority to form civic society organisations (NGOs) as well as to conduct negotiations with regional and national powers and to influence respective policies.
Publication: Project report (in Russian)

The project was financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the funds of development cooperation and humanitarian aid.

REKRY-AMARE

Year: 2010 - 2013
Area: Civic Education, Migration, Life-Long-Learning
Partner: Helsinki University
Publication: REKRY-AMARE final report

VOICE
Year: 2011 - 2012
Area: Integration, Civic Education
Partners: Leibniz University, Demokratiezentrum Wien (Austria), Centre for Citizenship Education (Slovenia), Srednja Trgovska Šola (Slovenia), Selcuk University (Turkey), Konya Provincial National Education Directorate (Turkey), Tallinn English College.
Publication: Problem-Based-Learning manual.

Survey of Young People's Values
Year: 2010 - 2011
Area: Integration, Civic Education
Partners: Estonian Ministry of Education and Research
Publication: Report about the outcomes of the Survey presented to the Minsitry of Education and Research on February 28, 2011.

Expertise of the content of the optional course Man and Law, suggesting new methodical approach to the course
Year: 2010
Area: Civic Education, Law Education
Partner: Ministry of Education and Research
Publication: Analysis and development document: Gümnaasiumi valikaine õpiku "Inimene ja õigus" sisu ekspertiis ja uue metoodilise mudeli väljatöötamine.

Young Peoples' Construction of Identities in the Early 21st Century
Year: 2010
Area: Civic Education
Partner: London Metropolitan University
Publication:
Border Crossings, Moving Borders: Young peoples’ constructions of identities in the Baltic countries in the early 21st Century

Development Seminar of Integration and Migration Foundation Our People
Year: 2010
Area: Civic Education, Integration
Partner: Integration nad Migration Foundation Our People
Project: Discovering Europe. Handbook of Political Education.

Discovering Europe. Handbook of Political Education
Year: 2009 - 2010
Area: Civic Educations, History
Partners: Konrad Adenauer Foundation, University of Latvia.
Outcome: Discovering Europe. Handbook of Political Education.
Project: Materials and Activities for Enhancing Citizen Awareness

Materials and Activities for Enhancing Citizen Awareness
Year: 2009
Area: Civic Education, Multicultural Education
Partners: Integration Foundation
Outcome: Manual for Arranging Activities for Multicultural Participant Groups and Student Workshop for Estonian and Russian students.

Enhancement of awareness about diversity of cultures and provision of equal opportunities for obtaining social and learning skills in international cooperation
Year: 2009
Area: Civic Education, Multicultural Education
Partners: Center for Social Studies and International Education, Indiana University (USA), Izglītības attīstības centrs (Latvia), Helsinkin Yliopiston koulutus- ja kehittämiskeskus Palmenia (Finland)
Outcome: Pilot Study document.

Material about Consumer Education for gymnasium school and adult education
Year: 2008
Area: Consumer Education
Partners: Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonian Consumer Protection Board.
Outcome:three publicaions in Estonian: Syllabus, Teacher Guide and Student Textbook.

Consumer Citizenship Network (CCN)
Year: since 2000
Area: Consumer Education
Partners: Hedmark University (Norway), EU Socratese Program
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Deliberation in Democracy (DID)
Year: 2005 - 2009
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Constitutional Rights Foundation (USA)
Outcome: Deliberation Lessons at schools

Supporting of integration into society of persons, who do not have Estonian citizenship
Year: 2005 - 2006
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Integration Foundation, Bradley Dunbar Association (BDA) Estonia
Publication: Syllabies for training courses, training materials, vocabularies, information bulletines (9 different publications altogether)

Empowering Rural Consumers (EmRuCo)
Year: 2004 - 2007
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Latvian Association of the Teachers of Practical Subjects, Vienna State College of Education
Publication: Handbook for rural consumers "Empowering Consumers" (compiled under GRUNDTVIG 1 Program - CEA Consumer Education for Adults) transaltion into Estonian, 2) Comparative study of Estonian, Latvian and Austrian Rural Consumers.

Introducing project "Foundations of Democracy" for Estonian Compulsory Schools
Year: 2005 - 2008
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Civic Education Centre (Calabasas, USA)
Indiana Iniversity (USA)
Publication: Translations into Estonian of the seminar materials

Preparing Project "Foundations of Democracy" for Introducing to the Estonian Compulsory Schools
Year: 2004 - 2005
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Civic Education Centre (Calabasas, USA), Indiana Iniversity (USA)
Publication: Translations into Estonian of the seminar materials

Bettering Knowledge about the Estonian State among Russian Compulsory Students
Year: 2004 - 2005
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Integration Foundation, EU PHARE Program
Publication: Proceedings of the Project

History Teachers' Seminar about Holocaust
Year: 2004
Area: History
Partners: International organization “Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Rememberance and Research”; “Levande Historia; (Sweden), Yad Vashem (Israel), Estonian History Teachers' Association, Ministry of Education and Research (Estonia)
Publication: Set of training materials of the seminar.

Consumer Education in the Baltic States (phase 2)
Year: 2004
Area: Consumer Education
Partners: Consumer Council of Norwa
Publication: Aid material for empowering Consumer Education in theCompulsory School System of the Baltic States.

Advertising Project "Citizen" in Estonian schools
Year: 2003 - 2010
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Civic Education Center, Calabasas, USA Indiana University (USA)
Publication: Project "Citizen" Student and Teacher manuals in Estonian and in Russian

Adapting Project "Citizen" to Estonian school
Year: 2002 - 2003
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Civic Education Center, Calabasas, USA Indiana University (USA)
Publication: Project "Citizen" Student and Teacher manuals in Estonian and in Russian

Democracy Education Exchange Programme (DEEP)
Year: 2002 - 2003
Area: Civic Education
Partners: DEEP Consortium (USA)
Publication: How to Manage with the National Exam in Civics?

UNESCO initiative "Education for All"
Year: 2002
Area: Education
Partners: Ministry of Education
Publication: "Education for All" Estonian National Action Plan

Influencing policies
Year: 2002
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Baltic-American Partnership Program
Publication: The final document of the Project

Baltic Cooperation in Civics
Year: 2002-2003
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Open Estonia Foundation
Publication: Baltic Final Agreement

Consumer Education in the content of Estonian compulsory education
Year: 2001 - 2003
Area: Consumer Education
Partners: Hedmark University (Norway), Consumer Protection Board (Estonia), EU Socrates Programme
Publication: Analysis of National Curriculum for exploring the opportunities for including Consumer education dimension into it

Advertising the optional course Man and Law ("Inimene ja õigus") 
Year: 2002
Area: Law Education
Partners: Street Law Incorporated (USA), Open Estonia Foundation
Publication: leaflet for advertising "Man and Law" ("Inimene ja õigus") textbook and teacher guide

Translating into Estonian and adapting the US Standards for Civics and Government 
Year: 2001 - 2002
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Civic Education Center, Calabasas, USA Indiana University (USA)
Publication: National Standards for Civics and Government

In-service training course for Tallinn Civics teachers
Year: 2001 - 2002
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Education Board of Tallinn
Publication: Course syllabi

Model for Civic education teachers in-service training course
Year: 2001
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Education Board of Tallinn
Publication: Training model

Estonian Civics Teachers Survey
Year: 2000 - 2001
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Civic Education Center, Calabasas, USA Indiana University (USA)
Publication: Estonian Civic Education Teachers Database

Renewing a model of Civics in the National Curriculum 
Year: 2000
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Ministry of Education
Publication: Renewed Civics syllabi in the national Curriculum

Conception of Teaching in Multicultural School
Year: 2000
Area: Multicultural society
Partners: Tartu University, University European College, EU PHARE Program
Publication: Teaching course syllabi, Teaching Aid for Higher Education Institutions "Multicultural Society From The Pedacogical Perspective"

Developing the optional course Man and Law ("Inimene ja õigus") 
Year: 1999-2002
Area: Law Education
Partners: Street Law Incorporated (USA), Oppen Estonia Foundation
Publication: "Man and Law" ("Inimene ja õigus") textbook and teacher guide

Basics of Juridical Awareness - "Wallet Card"
Year: 1999
Area: Civic Education
Partners: Open Estonia Foundation, COLPI Constitutional and Legislative Policy Institute in Hungary
Publication: "Parliamentary Elections", "Consumer Protection"

Supporting Teaching about the Human Rights in the Compulsory Schools
Year: 1998
Area: Human Rights
Partners: Open Estonia Foundation
Publication: "Teaching Human Rights at School. Teachers Guide" (in Estonian and in Russian)

Seminar "Education in Estonia: Practical Questions and the Future Perspectives"
Year: 1998
Area: Integration
Partners: Foundation for Inter-Ethnic Relations (Netherlands), OSCE
Publication: International Conference

Producing a Supportive Material for those Preparing Towards the Estonian Citizenship Examination
Year: 1998
Area: Integration
Partners: Foundation for Inter-Ethnic Relations (Netherlands), OSCE
Publication: Aid for Those Preparing Towards the Estonian Citizenship Examination (in Estonian and in Russian), Teaching aid for those preparing towards the Constitution Test for applying Estonian Citizenship

Integration of Estonian Society through the Education
Year: 1997-1998
Area: Integration
Partners: Open Estonia Foundation, King Baouduin Foundation (Belgium)
Publication: Seminars for Russian schools vice headmasters

Seminar about the Holy Bible and Lutheran Faith
Year: 1997
Area: History
Partners: Self-financing
Publication: Seminars

Conference "Education in Democracy, Democracy in Education"
Year: 1997
Area: Educational Policy
Partners: Self-financing
Publication: Conference

Project "Education, Culture and Local Self-government"
Year: 1997
Area: Educational Policy
Partners: PHARE
Publication: "Education Culture and Local Self Government" (Kit)

Cooperation project "Pluralism and Tolerance in the Societies with Ethnic Minorities"
Year: 1996
Area: Multiculturalism
Partners: Open Estonia Foundation, King Baouduin Foundation (Belgium)
Publication: Seminars

In-service training seminars for the teachers of History and Civics ordered by the State Centre for Training and Methodical Work
Year: 1996
Area: History
Partners: Ministry of Education
Publication: Seminars

Human Rights and Democracy Education in Estonia
Year: 1995 - 1997
Area: Human Rights
Partners: Netherland Helsinki Committee, Dutch Foreign Ministry
Publication: "Me and Human Rights" (textbook for grades 6-7), "Me, the World and Human Rights" (textbook for grade 8) (in Estonian and in Russian), "Teaching Human Rights at School. Teacher Manual"

History Seminar "Escape of Polish Submarine "Orzel" - Estonian and Polish Perspectives"
Year: 1996
Area: History
Partners: Embassy of Poland, Council for the Protection of Memory of Combat and Martyrdom
Publication: International Conference

Education in the Multicultural Society
Year: 1995 - 1996
Area: Multicultural Society
Partners: PHARE/TACIS, The Hansard Society for Parliamentary Democracy, Netherlands Helsinki Committee
Publication: "Multicultural Society: Problems and Solutions", Videofilms: "What is Democracy?", "What is Multicultural Society?", "Estonian Schools Abroad and Educational Institutions of Ethnic Minorities in Estonia"

In-service trainings for the Civic Education teachers
Year: 1995 - 1999
Area: Civic Education
Partners: National Endowment for Democracy (NED, USA)
Publication: Content of Education and Development of "Curriculus in Estonia" (in Estonian), "About Civics and About Curriculum" (in Estonian), "Student Guide for Civics. 12-th Grade" (in Estonian and in Russian), "What is Democracy?", "What is Multicultural Society?", "More Interesting School Lessons" (in Estonian and in Russian), Set of overhead Transparencies for Civic Lessons (in Russian)

Civic Education Programme
Year: 1993 - 1997
Area: Civic Education
Partners: International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES, USA)
Publication "Ironic Lights. Civic Education Reader" (in Estonian and in Russian)