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Presidendi Kärajad 08.10.2008

In association with the University of Tartu, the President’s Academic Advisory Board organised a day of debate entitled Presidendi Kärajad (The President’s Counsel) in the Great Hall of the university on 8 October. The overarching theme of the event was education.

The first half of the day saw presentations given by two speakers: Ministry of Education and Research secretary-general Janar Holm talked about the level of education in Estonia, while textiles artist Irina Gross showcased the Noored kooli (Putting Young Teachers in Schools) programme. Discussion was led by Professor Toivo Maimets.

Jaan Tallinn, Mart Ustav, Pille Kaisel and Ilmar Raag then shared their memories of their own school days before the discussion was rounded out by Minister of Education Tõnis Lukas.

The afternoon session saw President Ilves and history professor Norman Davies in dialogue, moderated by Estonian diplomat and historian Margus Laidre.