The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has selected the winning projects submitted to the restricted call for proposals announced in October, with a total of €800 000 allocated. The projects will be implemented between 2021 and 2022, and 2023 in some cases.
The selected projects focus on advancing higher education, especially in technology, and the uptake of smart ICT learning tools. The independent media of Belarus will also receive support, and plans include raising awareness of democracy and rule of law as well as health.
Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that this year, Estonia increased its support earmarked for projects in Belarus. “Belarus has been a priority country for Estonia’s development cooperation since 2011 and now more than ever it is our duty to support Belarus. In order to advocate democracy sustainably, we can share our reform experience and offer practical support, such as developing web-based studies in institutions of higher education to allow repressed students and teachers to take part in studies,” Reinsalu said.
The partners of the selected projects are TalTech, Tallinn University, University of Tartu, Tallinn Health Care College, Open Estonia Foundation and the Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership. In total, 15 applications were submitted for Belarus.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia