school yearsMartin studied in two different primary schools, then Kuressaare Gymnasium and Estonian Business School (EBS). As some of the lessons felt boring, because the teacher was not able to explain the subject related to real life, then Martin often found additional activities besides official curriculum.
He was active member of student council, organized disco parties and even published his private newspaper to compete school's official newspaper.
In high-school Martin had lectures of organizational behavior by his school director, which was truly inspirational. Martin learned about good values & trust, independence & taking responsibility, team work & solving conflicts - important life skills.
Estonian Education FoundationEstonia's education system is the best in Europe by recent PISA test results from 2018. So we have pretty good foundations, but also multiple challenges:
- Estonian teachers are among the oldest within OECD countries
- Quality of school leadership (recruitment, goals, culture, community engagement etc)
- High drop-out rates of youth after the mandatory primary school (9 years); not graduating the next education level due to lack of motivation and getting bored from traditional lessons
- The low levels of STEAM skills acquired from school.
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