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2. Voluntary Activities

2.8 Current debates and reforms

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  1. Forthcoming policy developments
  2. Ongoing debates

Forthcoming policy developments

Through the European Structural Funds an action "Testing of voluntary cooperation model in the welfare system and compiling cooperation model applicable all over Estonia" (“Vabatahtlike rakendamise koostöömudeli testimine hoolekandesüsteemis ja üle-eestiliselt rakendatava koostöömudeli väljatöötamine”) was being developed during 2018-2020. The project supported altogether 678 people and 273 volunteers contributed 21 600 hours of their time during that project. The project was  commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs, funded by the European Social Fund, and implemeted by the Village Movement Kodukant. The final report published in 2020 brings out suggestions of continuing this project as well in the future as it showed to be effective in many ways. The report proposed that 560 000 euros per year would be sufficient to continue the project in the future. In October 2020, it is unclear whether the project will be continued or not.

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. 

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. The development plan has bee sent to the Government Office for approval, but by October 2020, it has not been approved yet.

Ongoing debates

The debate of recognizing the voluntary work done by young people in the context of youth work as a valuable experience by employers and also formal education is continuously going on in Estonia.