Client: Ministry of Education and Research

Period: 2014

Previous research has shown that school education can be beneficial for both the individual and the society for different reasons. Therefore adults who wish to continue their studies should be supported as much as possible. The present study focused on how to better support adults in Estonia who wish to or have returned to secondary education.
The study involved analysis of current legislation and support measures provided in schools and municipalities. A survey was conducted among adults without upper or lower secondary education and their perceived barriers and preconditions for returning to school were identified.

The report also includes a chapter on best practices of supporting adult learners from North-America and Europe. Taking into account all the gathered data policy suggestions were compiled to improve the situation in Estonia.

This study was commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Research and financed by the European Social Fund.