Speeches

President of the Republic at the ESHA Biennial Conference in Tallinn

President of the Republic at the ESHA Biennial Conference in Tallinn

Welcome to Estonia! I am very proud that this conference is taking place here in Tallinn this year. It’s interesting that while preparing for this presentation today I was asked to tell you why Estonia is so highly ranked in PISA. Of course, nobody ultimately knows, but I think we need to delve into the history of Estonian education to answer that question.

In the decades following the end to serfdom, Estonians began fundraising for a school for Estonian children that would take them beyond primary education to secondary level. Imagine! These people had spent centuries in serfdom.

They gained their freedom; they became owners of their land. Yet they were not satisfied simply with the fact that they now could take care of their land and their farms and have their children working for their own families. They realised that they wanted to give their children something more – a better education.

It is very important to note that girls also attended these Estonian schools. This in itself is quite remarkable because at that time we were taught by German pastors and people who were not even Estonians, and not even in Estonian language.

However, this was not questioned in our country. Everybody realised that, first and foremost, we needed educated people.

Second, we also needed to educate our girls because a smart nation is built by smart mothers. For some reason, Estonia has always known that. Of course, there was much discussion about how high should girls aspire.

At the beginning of the 20th century, before the Estonian Republic was declared in 1918, some professors – in fact, at Tartu University, which was founded by the Swedish King Gustav II Adolf in the 17th century – had to face outcries that they allowed female students to attend the law classes. But the Estonian women, having never felt that they did not deserve a higher education, fought back. 

18.10.2018

 

News

Letters of Credence were presented to the Estonian Head of State by the Ambassadors of Slovenia, Chile and Canada

Letters of Credence were presented to the Estonian Head of State by the Ambassadors of Slovenia, Chile and Canada

Today in Kadriorg, Letters of Credence were presented to President Kersti Kaljulaid by Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, Božena Forštnarič Boroje, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile, Roberto Ubilla Quevedo and Ambassador of Canada, Kevin Rex.

08.11.2018

 

President Kaljulaid met with UN Secretary General António Guterres

President Kaljulaid met with UN Secretary General António Guterres

President Kersti Kaljulaid met today in New York with UN Secretary General António Guterres to discuss issues concerning the security of countries worldwide, including cyber security and climate change.

02.11.2018

 

President Kaljulaid: for 20 years, Estonia has supported activities that promote the rights of women and children

President Kaljulaid: for 20 years, Estonia has supported activities that promote the rights of women and children

“I am proud that soon after regaining its independence, Estonia became a country that could help others. Since then and for the past 20 years, we have supported several organisations that assist women and children, such as UN WOMAN and UNICEF,” said President Kersti Kaljulaid in New York at her meeting with the Deputy Director of UN WOMEN, Åsa Regnér.

01.11.2018