Good Deed Education Fund
● the quality of school management
● decreasing the lack of teachers
● learning how to learn
Good Deed Education Fund is looking for initiatives that address these problems in a measurable way. Through the initiatives we will be looking for ways to increase the quality of education together with leaders from different sectors - public, private, third sector.
We consider each initiative based on the set criteria but there is no unified process. We work with other partners from all sectors and include experts. It can take 4-6 months and several meetings to receive a positive funding decision.
ASÕP: substitute teachers
The substitute teachers program (ASÕP) provides a system and network of substitute teachers to schools for finding substitute teachers promptly, without hassle and stress. On average an Estonian school with 500 students needs 200 substitute lessons per month. School leaders don't have an easy or high-quality solution, yet it should be a first-level service.
Good Deed Education Fund is supporting the development of a web-based system to help ASÕP in growing to replace at least 2500 lessons per month in 2021.
Teach for Estonia
Teach for Estonia (Noored Kooli) envisions a future where every child in Estonia will get a very good education. The participants of its two-year development program work as school teachers and become systemic leaders in the area of education.
With the support by the Good Deed Education Fund, Noored Kooli increases its number of participants by 10 people per year, doubling it up to 50 by 2021.
Internship Program for Educational Leaders
Internship Program for Educational Leaders connects school leaders with private companies. The length of the program is five months – the three-month full-time internship at an innovative company is followed by implementing the new skills and knowledge back at school where the leaders continue being mentored.
Good Deed Education Fund supports piloting the program in Spring 2020.
To predict and prevent dropouts at high school level in a maintainable way, think tank Praxis offers a two-part solution „Häirekell“ that combines real time big data analysis with latest knowledge of behavioural economics.
While today each year up to 3,000 students either drop out of education or are forced into repetition, the goal of the Education Fund and Praxis is to significally lower it by 2025.
99math makes math learning exciting for kids and aims to advance students' progress. Teachers use 99math in classrooms to practice math exercises with students, also they get instant feedback to understand what needs focus.
Good Deed Education Fund has acquired a small share of 99math.
HK Unicorn Squad
HK Unicorn Squad is a movement, providing knowledge and skills in technology only for girls. Our vision is to develop a true interest in technology, robotics and science among girls aged 7-14.
Good Deed Education Fund is supporting further development of the program.
Codesters.club is a digital product development programme for high school students that aims to provide crucial technological knowledge and skills for the future, evolve creativity thinking and learn teamwork. The three-year IT education curriculum aims to grow from year to year so that the significant part of the new generation could have digital literacy that enables to create user-centred solutions in whatever field necessary.
Jõhvi Technology School
Jõhvi school is a great example of public-private partnership with a budget of 2.5 million Euros. The curriculum is based on international 01Edu self-studying system, two years of intense study where 200 students learn on their own pace. The teaching emphasizes team work and developing problem-solving skills. Subjects include databases, networks, software applications and interfaces and UX design.
Tagasi Kooli video project
The aim of the video project was to support both teachers and students in adjusting with distant learning by creating high-quality e-lectures available to all students.
Hiring School Leaders
Offering support to local municipalities in the recruitment process of school leaders. Connecting local municipalities with professional recruitment partners enables to build up a well-defined hiring process that brings stronger candidates into schools.
Educational Leaders´ Career and Competency Model
The competence and career model for educational leaders describes which paths a principal can take in the Estonian education system and which competencies are needed in this job. The model supports recruitment, leadership development and career planning.
Research on Teachers
The Center for Applied Anthropology and Statistics Estonia conducted studies with the aim of understanding different paths to becoming a teacher and finding out the main challenges related to the acquisition of teacher education and profession.
Praktikal is an innovative ecosystem for teaching natural sciences that makes studying topical and teaching fun. Praktikal equips teachers with teaching materials, experiment kits and instructions.
Arengusammud is helping schools improve teaching and learning through instructional coaching.
SA Noored Kooli (Teach for Estonia) launched a new study circle program during which teachers learn to improve their students' learning skills. The aim of the 2022/2023 academic year is to pilot the program in 5 schools.
Edumus School offers high school students exciting and practical online elective courses taught by professionals in their field.
Founding membersThe Good Deed Education Fund was founded by Taavet Hinrikus, Martin Villig, Wise and Bolt.
Martin and Terje Henk
Monica and Ott Kaukver
Anastassia and Alar Mäerand
Veljo and Piret Otsason
Martin and Helen Tajur
Kaisa and Taavi Tamkivi
Priit and Kärtu Vaikmaa
Mari-Liis and Martin Villig
Taavet + Sten
Good Deed Education Fund is run by Good Deed Foundation that has a long term experience in launching and developing impactful societal initiatives.
To find out more please write to Pirkko: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media about us
- 09.04.2022 An education fund to invest €2 million in general education in Estonia
- 30.10.2020 Estonian Entrepreneurs announced plans for starting Jõhvi Coding school in fall of 2021
- 15.10.2020 The Good Deed Education Fund supports the expansion of two STEAM programmes
09.06.2020 Estonian tech entrepreneurs boosting education system (Life in Estonia magazine)
- 17.03.2020 Estonia offers its digital education solutions for free to support other countries
- 05.02.2020 The new programme is first to provide company internships to school leaders
- 29.01.2020 Education fund invests 50,000 euros to edtech startup 99math to gamify math studies
- 11.06.2019 Education Fund supports ASÕP (platform for schools to quickly find replacement teachers) with 70,000 Euros
- 05.12.2018 Noted entrepreneurs set up education innovation fund
- 05.12.2018 Trying new things in education in Estonia — getting the education fund off the ground (Taavet Hinrikus blog)