National defence education at upper secondary schools

National defence education in civil institutions, approved as a supplement to the national curriculum of upper secondary schools in early 2011, is an elective subject at the upper secondary school level. The duration of a course of national defence education in civil institutions is 70 lessons, of which 35 are conducted in the classroom and on field trips and another 35 at a practical outdoor camp.

The aim of i national defence education in civil institutions is not to promote militarism. Rather, the course is aimed at patriotic education, respect for one’s country and awareness by students of the aims of Estonia’s national defence. This subject provides students with an opportunity to understand their country, its values and their duty as its citizens.

Since it is an elective subject, the Ministry of Defence regards it as its duty to support schools that have opted to provide national defence education in civil institutions with funds from the national budget. Schools can apply for funds for organising field trips and camps and for acquiring teaching aids. The Ministry of Defence also assists schools interested in providing national defence education in civil institutions in finding suitable national defence education instructors.

Compiled by: Ministry of Defence