The Education and Youth Board of Estonia was awarded the Global Showcase Award for International EdTech Programme of the Year at the Bett Awards today in London. The award was received by Ms Tiina Intelmann, the Ambassador of Estonia to the United Kingdom.
“Estonia is a well-known education innovator in the world, including in the United Kingdom. I am very glad to accept this award of international recognition for Estonia’s education system and our technological solutions on behalf of Education Estonia and its partners,” said Tiina Intelmann at the ceremony. “Participating in the BettFest has provided an excellent opportunity to showcase and share our success stories, know-how and solutions,” she added.
“We are very pleased that Estonia’s activities in the field of educational technology have been noticed internationally. Estonia can share expertise in modernizing education and making the most of technological possibilities, especially during this still ongoing COVID-19 crisis and amidst of new academic year,” said Mart Laidmets, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia. Such challenges need extraordinary efforts from all – schools, students, governments, and private companies. Everyone must help as much as they can and this is our way to help education all around the globe to tackle these challenges, Laidmets added.
The Bett Awards form an integral part of the international Bett Show, the world’s leading showcase of education technology solutions. The winners are seen to have excelled in ICT provision and support for nurseries, schools, colleges and special schools alike with a clear focus on what works in the classroom.
The Education and Youth Board of Estonia is a governmental organization responsible for the implementation of education with the main goal to support the learner and his/her individual development through educational services. Estonia embraces the possibilities of technology throughout the education system: educational institutions have modern IT infrastructures. Digital competencies and IT skills are a paramount part of the educational work in schools as well as in the training programs for teachers. Students and teachers use digital textbooks, e-diaries, e-learning materials, and other digital solutions. Estonia also features strong educational technology companies which contribute actively to the success of Estonian education. The Estonian education system has been successful in managing the COVID-19 crisis taking it as an opportunity to accelerate the digital transformation of the education system.
Estonia was represented at the BETT fair by:
DreamApply – a student recruitment system for higher education institutions that launched in 2011. The company cooperates with more than 100 institutions around the world.
ELIIS – an online software solution for pre-schools and kindergartens that includes numerous teachers, parents and headmasters for handling large amounts of paperwork, reporting and feedback. More than 1000 pre-schools in Europe have joined ELIIS.
Futuclass – an interactive virtual reality educational game that makes learning science fun. The solution supports parents and teachers with lesson plans and guiding plans.
ALPA Kids – educational games for pre-school and remote learning, which focuses on language, local nature and culture and supports independent development.
Tallinn University – a competence centre offering training for teachers and educational institutions.
The partners of the Education and Youth Board at the educational technology fair were The Ministry of Education and Research, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Startup Estonia, eKool, Opiq, EdTech Estonia.
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