Reconsidering Education: Understanding Why Estonian Youth Drop Out and Delay Entry into the Labor Market

written by Pavel Smulski, Estonija

Youth, opting out of education and delaying entry into the workforce, face a growing problem. In the European Union, the proportion of unemployed young people aged 15 to 29 was 11.7%, and in Estonia – 10.6%, which is still too high. In the Netherlands, with their highly organized education system, this figure is only 4.2%.

Youth worker is a profession in Estonia

written by Ruta Pels, Eesti People to People, Estonia

The youth policy and youth work in Estonia is defined by many legal acts. According to the Youth Work Act, a young person is a natural person between the ages of 7 and 26. Youth work as a professional area is not defined in the Youth Work Act, however it is defined in Youth Sector Development Plan 2021-2035.

Let s talk about money?

written by Pavel Smulski, Estonia

The youth in Estonia aspires to earn an average of 1900 euros net, with their salary expectations increasing much faster than other age groups, rising by 18% over the past year. These findings were derived from a labor market study conducted by the job portal and the agency Palgainfo.

Where and How to Study Youth Work in Estonia?

written by Pavel Smulski, Estonia

In Estonia, you can study youth work at three universities: Viljandi Culture Academy, Narva College, and Tallinn University. All three programs provide students with fundamental knowledge in the field of youth work.

Youth media literacy

written by Paul Smulski, Estonia

Young people across the world today are facing diverse challenges; youth work, in all its forms, can serve as a catalyst for empowerment. Never has the need for media literacy and critical thinking been more apparent.

Film language today

written by Oleksandr Rachynskyi, Estonia

Self-expression through video content has become one of the main platforms for young people. If they are bloggers or streamers they just record themselves talking and millions of opinions can be heard if only you wish to listen. This also affected young people who want to express themselves artistically.

MediActive Youth Project
website created


As part of the “Transcontinental MEDIActive Youth: Africa on Board” project coordinated by CDER, a special website dedicated to media literacy and media activism of young people was created: The overall project objective is to build the capacity of youth organizations, youth workers and young people, and to develop new educational online resources in… Continue reading MediActive Youth Project
website created

Media literacy training for youth workers successfully implemented


Within MEDIActive Youth project on media literacy, the training course has been successfully held in Belgrade from 25th June to 2nd July 2022. The training, hosted by Centar za drustveno ekonomski razvoj (CDER), had 21 youth worker participants, 3 from each partner NGOs. It was led by experienced CDER trainers. The goal of the training… Continue reading Media literacy training for youth workers successfully implemented

Transcontinental MEDIActive Youth: Africa on Board Project has started


MEDIActive Youth is an international youth initiative of improving youth media literacy launched in 2015. Within two previous Erasmus+ MEDIActive Youth projects capacities of 22 youth NGOs from Europe and Latin America have been raised, a Transnational Youth Magazine (TYM) has been launched, website and multilingual online courses have been created. The overall objective… Continue reading Transcontinental MEDIActive Youth: Africa on Board Project has started