Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna, together with the Commander of the Defence League, Meelis Kiil, signed a programme “Patriotic Education for Young People”, which provides state issued guidelines and means for expanding the patriotic education of young people.
According to Minister of Defence Margus Tshakna, it is important that young people be provided with an understanding of their country at as young an age as possible, and that everyone has a critically important role to play. “A patriotic education gives young people the skills to cope in life and helps them grow into citizens who actively participate in society,” said Tsahkna.
“The programme has a grand objective – in the future, the majority of Estonian children must have the opportunity to participate for free in Defence League youth organisation summer camps and Young Eagles and Home Daughters activities, alongside the 7000 young people who currently participate. This year, expanded summer camps will be organised in Defence League units, with the goal of including 25 youth leaders, who in turn will create the opportunity for 300 new young people to participate in the works of Defence League youth organisations,” explained Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna.
In 2018, a summer camp will be organised for 1000 young people, where an additional 700 new youngsters are expected to participate alongside 300 Home Daughters and Young Eagles.
The Commander of the Defence League, Brigadier General Meelis Kiil, stated that the programme “Patriotic Education for Young People” is a broad-based part of national defence as a whole. “It is an important guarantor of the sustainability of the state, through which we are looking ahead to the future. Each of us must contribute to the growing and raising of young citizens,” stated Kiil.
The Minister of Defence added that the programme is a good opportunity for young people who wish to expand their horizons and make new friends. Also for a youth leader who is interested in personal development, finding new like-minded people, and contributing to broad-based national defence.
In addition to basic schools, the Ministry of Defence and the Defence League are calling on other institutions and companies who are looking to find interesting activities offering adventure and physical activity for their employees’ children, and to raise their children to become active and cheerful citizens, to participate in the programme.