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2. Voluntary Activities

2.3 National strategy on youth volunteering

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  1. Existence of a National Strategy
  2. Scope and contents
  3. Responsible authority
  4. Revisions/ Updates

Existence of a National Strategy

There is no single strategy in Estonia on youth volunteering. Youth volunteering is addressed in the Civil Society Development Plan 2015-2020important policy in relation to the volunteering is also defined in the area of youth work in the Youth Field Development Plan 2014-2020 and in the new draft youth field development plan for the years 2021-2035 (noortevaldkonna arengukava 2021-2035 eelnõu).

Scope and contents

In the Civil Society Development Plan 2015-2020, volunteering is seen as a method that supports s the development of youth social-political activism and participation in society. According to the development plan, a challenge that needs to be addressed is that though young people have a good understanding of the principles of participation, it does not always translate into actual behavior. This situation has been identified as a call for ministerial action to support the development of civic activism among young people. Youth volunteering is also supported by the Youth Field Development Plan 2014-2020. In the Youth Field Development Plan 2014-2020, volunteering is mentioned in three contexts: as a way to acquires skills that might be useful in life, as a way to acquire first work experiences and as a way to develop civic activism. The draft document of a new youth field development plan for the years 2021-2035 (noortevaldkonna arengukava 2021-2035 eelnõu) brings the attention to youth volunteering with different activities and one youth specific indicator regarding youth volunteering.

Responsible authority

There is no one and only responsible authority for youth volunteering. In the field of youth, the responsibility of general development is on the Ministry of Education and Research. The support for the development of civil society is the responsibility of the Ministry of Interior.

Revisions/ Updates

The draft document of the youth field development plan for 2021-2035 has been sent to the Government Office for approval. The new Civil Society program 2021-2024 (Kodanikuühiskonna programm 2021-2024) was approved on 10.07.2020 and it is the follow-up for the currently valid Civil Society Development Plan 2015-2020. Youth volunteering is mentioned in that document, but is not set as a specific goal, volunteering is being addressed in general.