Historical overview 1997-2017

The rapid development of information technology has played an essential part in the reconstruction of the Estonian state after the restoration of its independence. Today, in 2017, Estonia is one of the most digitized societies in the world, with a large number of public services available to citizens online, broadband internet coverage across the majority of the country etc. This implies the existence of digitally aware citizens who are able to use everyday e-services, know how to use the Internet safely, apply their digital skills in their professional life, and so on. This places greater demands on our educational system.

One of the five strategic priorities of the Estonian education strategy, known as the Lifelong Learning Strategy 2020, is digital focus in lifelong learning. This means that modern digital technology is used for learning and teaching more effectively and efficiently, that the entire population’s digital skills improve, and that access to the new generation of digital infrastructure is ensured. To achieve these objectives, the Ministry of Education and Research approved the Digital Focus Program in 2014 with the aim of developing a comprehensive approach to the development of digital competences and the targeted deployment of digital opportunities in the learning process, thereby supporting the changed approach to education. The Digital Focus Program is implemented, among others, by the Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA) – the legal successor of the Tiger Leap Foundation, the Estonian Information Technology Foundation and the Estonian Education and Research Network.

  • 1997-2000 

    The Tiger Leap Foundation was launched in 1997. The first step was to provide all schools with computers and internet access. Estonian Information Technology Foundation was established in 2000. Read more >>

  • 2001-2005

    Tiger Leap Plus followed the Tiger Leap program and focused mainly on the ICT competences of
    students, teachers and educational staff. In 2003, the Estonian e-University consortium was established. New impetus for the development of digital learning in vocational education was provided and cooperation became more formal in 2005, when the Estonian e-Vocational School consortium was established. Read more >>

  • 2006-2012

    Under the Tiger Leap Plus program the Learning Tiger program was launched, the main focus of which was to make e-learning a natural part of daily tutorial work, curricula and teacher training. In vocational education the “E-learning development in VET“ (VANKeR) program was implemented in 2008-2013 which helped to improve the student mobility and the quality of the study process. In higher education three different programmes -  BeSt program, ICT Programme and IT Academy Programme - were introduced to promote the use of ICT in the everyday learning process and also to promote higher education in ICT. Read more >>

  • 2013-2017

    The Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA) was founded through the merger of the Tiger Leap Foundation, Estonian Information Technology Foundation and The Estonian Education and Research Network EENet. Read more >>