Tallinn, Estonia – In a bold effort to empower students across the country, the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research has announced the launch of a nationwide digital mentorship program called “e-Mentor.” Developed in collaboration with tech entrepreneur Liina Kask, the program aims to connect students with mentors from various professional fields to provide guidance, support, and real-world insights.
The e-Mentor platform utilizes a secure online portal that enables students to communicate with their mentors through video calls, instant messaging, and group forums. Students can also access a vast library of resources, including career advice, educational materials, and personal development tools.
During the official launch event, Liina Kask shared her vision for the e-Mentor program. “We believe that mentorship is a powerful tool for personal and professional growth, especially for young people,” she said. “By connecting students with experienced mentors, we hope to inspire the next generation of Estonian leaders and innovators.”
The e-Mentor program has already garnered significant interest from professionals across various industries, including technology, healthcare, arts, and education. Prominent Estonian figures, such as renowned scientist Dr. Lauri Tammeveski and acclaimed filmmaker Anu Koppel, have also signed up as mentors.
Participation in the e-Mentor program is open to all Estonian high school students, with the Ministry of Education and Research aiming to involve at least 5,000 students within the first year. The program is designed to be flexible, allowing students to connect with their mentors according to their schedule and availability.
While the e-Mentor program has been met with widespread enthusiasm, some critics, like education consultant Kristjan Saar, have raised concerns about the potential for unequal access to the platform. “We need to ensure that all students, regardless of their socioeconomic background, have equal opportunities to benefit from this program,” he said.
In response to these concerns, Liina Kask has emphasized the commitment to making e-Mentor accessible to all students, with plans to provide technology grants and resources to schools in need. “We are determined to break down any barriers that may prevent students from participating in the e-Mentor program,” she said.
As Estonia continues to cement its reputation as a digital powerhouse, the e-Mentor program could play a crucial role in fostering the country’s future talent and ensuring equal access to educational opportunities for students from all walks of life.