The Ministry of Education and Research allocates a total of 5.1 million euros to the maintainers of municipal and private education schools, kindergartens and nurseries to support the continuation of the education of children and young people from war refugees who have arrived in Ukraine in Estonia.

According to the Minister of Education and Research Liina Kersna , with the support of the supplementary budget, enabling Ukrainian war refugees to continue their education in all Estonian local governments is of key importance. "We have promised to offer children and young people from Ukraine the opportunity to study Estonian at all levels of education and to co-operate in the fields of general education, hobby education and youth work," says Minister Kersna.

The allowance is 465 euros per child in a municipal or private kindergarten or custody and 506 euros per month for a student in a general education school. The funding is based on the data of children of Ukrainian war refugees entered in the Estonian Education Information System (EHIS) as of 31.05.2022. The allowance paid in June is determined retroactively for the period February-May, taking into account the monthly change in the number of students. In September, the support will be paid for the period June-August and in January 2023 for the period September-December of this year.

Operators of educational institutions can use the support:

  • for the creation of a place for basic and general education (incl. for the remuneration of teachers and assistant teachers, for the provision of teaching aids and technological means, for the organization of study visits);
  • to enable the study of additional basic Estonian;
  • to provide educational support services (interpreters, speech therapists, psychologists, etc.);
  • organization of educational support services (eg student transport, catering, etc.);
  • to provide hobby activities and / or hobby education;
  • to provide youth work.

State budget and local government vocational schools also provide state budget support and a free study place for students who are war refugees in Ukraine.

A total of 77.2 million euros was allocated to the Ministry of Education and Research, the majority of which - 76.7 million euros - is intended for expenses related to the education of war refugees. The Riigikogu adopted the supplementary budget for 2022 on 18 May.

There are almost 13,800 Ukrainian war refugees between the ages of 19 and 19 left in Estonia, of whom 4,700 are registered in EHIS as basic and general education institutions.