The Government of Estonia has decided to close all educational institutions, except kindergartens from Monday 16 March due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). All education institutions will provide education solely through digital learning tools. Each education institution must therefore choose the approach that is most suitable for their situation.
HITSA is already providing schools with emergency guidance on how to quickly change their whole learning and teaching mode to provide remote education. Practical help is offered on how to use these different technological solutions to enable remote education. Many Estonian edtechs are providing their services for schools free of charge. Support is also offered for parents who suddenly have to act as mentors for their children.
Practical guidance for changing traditional schooling quickly into home teaching is available on the HITSA website (in Estonian).
"It is remarkable how fast the community has responded and how willing people are to help each other in critical situations. This situation offers us a great opportunity to mainstream e-solutions and to modernize learning for all students.", says Heli Aru-Chabilan, the Head of the Management Board of HITSA.
- Parents who have specific questions about how will be the schooling restructured in their children's school should contact directly the education institution.
Government instances will reassess the situation every 14 days and, if necessary, make a decision regarding the need to extend the distance learning period.