About us

The Education and Youth Authority (Harno) is a government agency of the Ministry of Education and Research that deals with the implementation of Estonian education and youth policy. Our goal is to offer Estonian people high-quality, modern, and equally accessible educational opportunities. We want everyone to be able to create a personal learning path for their entire life cycle!


The Education and Youth Authority (Harno) is a new governmental body under the administration of the Ministry of Education and Research. The joint institution was established on the basis of the services of Foundation Innove, Foundation Archimedes, Information Technology Foundation for Education and Estonian Youth Work Center. Harno was set up on August 1, 2020.

Our 11 departments employ just over 400 people. The general director of Harno is Ulla Ilisson.

Innovation and Cooperation Center

encourages, develops, and tests innovation in the field of education and youth.

Together with partners, we create and look for opportunities for the introduction of innovative learning, including study materials and organization and methodologies. 
We update and enforce IT education at all levels of education and youth work.

Training Center

supports the professional development of teachers and school leaders, youth workers, and educational support specialists.

•We organize continuing education and learning events.

•We develop the leadership competence of school leaders, e.g., offer a coaching service.

•We publish supporting literature and materials.

•We shape the reputation of the teaching profession in society.

Youth Field Management Department

organizes and develops youth work services in Estonia.

•We advise and support youth work organizers.

•We develop the services of youth information, youth education, youth hobby education, and youth hobby activities.

•We run the programs "Caring class" and "Youth meetings."

•We offer camp services in Kloogaranna youth camp.

We implement activities that reduce the risk of exclusion of young people and help to find solutions for young people with NEET status.

Youth Field Quality and Development Monitoring Department

directs the continuous development of the field by promoting quality system, monitoring, and impact assessment.

•We develop quality principles (including the evaluation model of youth work) and offer support in their implementation.

•We organize the granting of the profession of a youth worker and a recognition event in the field of youth.

•We launch and implement programs in the field of youth, give impetus to the participation of young people, opportunities for health-promoting holidays, and smart youth work.

Department of Internationalization

coordinates international cooperation programs in the field of education and youth.

•We are engaged in the marketing of Estonian education abroad (Education Nation, Study in Estonia).

•We exchange educational knowledge and experience with foreign countries by participating in cooperation projects and networks.

•We coordinate scholarship programs for students to study abroad (Dora +, Kristjan Jaak scholarships, young scholars scholarship, etc.).

•We organize the participation of Estonian youth in international professional championships (EuroSkills and WorldSkills).

•At the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Center of the Department of Internationalization, we assess and recognize in Estonia the qualifications (degrees, diplomas, certificates, etc.) acquired abroad and provide information to foreign countries for the recognition of qualifications awarded in the Estonian education system.

Technology Management Department

develops and manages educational information systems, e-services, and ICT infrastructure.

•We take care of the admission system SAIS, the study information system Tahvel, the examination and test system EIS, the study materials portal E-koolikott, the continuing education information system Juhan, the education authentication and authorization service HarID, data storage cloud services, etc.

•We develop and manage the Estonian Education and Research Data Communication Network EENet and represent Estonia in international organizations uniting academic data communication networks.

•We advise schools on the selection and use of ICT services and offer support for e-services and education systems.

•We are developing a personal learning path infrastructure.

Testing and Evaluation Department

organizes the preparation and conduct of examinations, tests, surveys in Estonia, and develops new assessment methods and tools.

We are responsible for:

•Estonian language proficiency examinations

•Estonian citizenship examinations

•State examinations

•International language exams

•Basic school final examinations

•Standard-determining tests

•International and national educational surveys

(e.g., PISA, TALIS, IELS, satisfaction surveys)

Department of Study Programmes and Teaching Materials

creates teaching aids and promotes good teaching methods.

•We compile and develop national curricula.

•We create study materials, including digital study materials for basic, general, and vocational education.

•We coordinate the introduction of entrepreneurship education and multilingual learning (incl. language immersion) methodologies.

•We develop hobby education and hobby activities.

•We support the implementation of inclusive education.

•We develop vocational and higher education according to the needs of the labor market (PRÕM).

Department of Educational Councelling Services

manages the nationwide Rajaleidja network.

•In the course of educational counselling, we identify problems related to the child's learning or behavior that hinder his or her successful educational path.

•We then give advice to the adults around the child (parents, teachers, support professionals, etc.) on how to support the child.

•If necessary, as an out-of-school counseling team, we provide an educational recommendation for organizing the child's educational journey.

•We offer crisis counseling to educational institutions.

Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA)

accredits and evaluates educational institutions.

•Our task is the institutional accreditation and thematic evaluation of higher education institutions and the evaluation of the quality of vocational education and training institutions.

•Based on the evaluation results, we prepare analyzes.

•We train educational institutions and experts.

EKKA has the status of a unit performing independent tasks within the Education and Youth Board, for the management of which a board of trustees consisting of representatives of various interest groups is formed.

Department of Central Services

We provide Harno the following services:

•Communications

•Staff

•Administration

•IT

•Finance

•Procurements

•Legal

•Customer service

•Quality management

 

The Education and Youth Authority (Harno) is a new governmental body under the administration of the Ministry of Education and Research. The joint institution was established on the basis of the services of Foundation Innove, Foundation Archimedes, Information Technology Foundation for Education and Estonian Youth Work Center. Harno was set up on August 1, 2020.

Our 11 departments employ just over 400 people. The general director of Harno is Ulla Ilisson.

Innovation and Cooperation Center

encourages, develops, and tests innovation in the field of education and youth.

Together with partners, we create and look for opportunities for the introduction of innovative learning, including study materials and organization and methodologies. 
We update and enforce IT education at all levels of education and youth work.


Training Center

supports the professional development of teachers and school leaders, youth workers, and educational support specialists.

•We organize continuing education and learning events.

•We develop the leadership competence of school leaders, e.g., offer a coaching service.

•We publish supporting literature and materials.

•We shape the reputation of the teaching profession in society.

Youth Field Management Department

organizes and develops youth work services in Estonia.

•We advise and support youth work organizers.

•We develop the services of youth information, youth education, youth hobby education, and youth hobby activities.

•We run the programs "Caring class" and "Youth meetings."

•We offer camp services in Kloogaranna youth camp.

We implement activities that reduce the risk of exclusion of young people and help to find solutions for young people with NEET status.

Youth Field Quality and Development Monitoring Department

directs the continuous development of the field by promoting quality system, monitoring, and impact assessment.

•We develop quality principles (including the evaluation model of youth work) and offer support in their implementation.

•We organize the granting of the profession of a youth worker and a recognition event in the field of youth.

•We launch and implement programs in the field of youth, give impetus to the participation of young people, opportunities for health-promoting holidays, and smart youth work.

Department of Internationalization

coordinates international cooperation programs in the field of education and youth.

•We are engaged in the marketing of Estonian education abroad (Education Nation, Study in Estonia).

•We exchange educational knowledge and experience with foreign countries by participating in cooperation projects and networks.

•We coordinate scholarship programs for students to study abroad (Dora +, Kristjan Jaak scholarships, young scholars scholarship, etc.).

•We organize the participation of Estonian youth in international professional championships (EuroSkills and WorldSkills).

•At the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Center of the Department of Internationalization, we assess and recognize in Estonia the qualifications (degrees, diplomas, certificates, etc.) acquired abroad and provide information to foreign countries for the recognition of qualifications awarded in the Estonian education system.

Technology Management Department

develops and manages educational information systems, e-services, and ICT infrastructure.

•We take care of the admission system SAIS, the study information system Tahvel, the examination and test system EIS, the study materials portal E-koolikott, the continuing education information system Juhan, the education authentication and authorization service HarID, data storage cloud services, etc.

•We develop and manage the Estonian Education and Research Data Communication Network EENet and represent Estonia in international organizations uniting academic data communication networks.

•We advise schools on the selection and use of ICT services and offer support for e-services and education systems.

•We are developing a personal learning path infrastructure.

Testing and Evaluation Department

organizes the preparation and conduct of examinations, tests, surveys in Estonia, and develops new assessment methods and tools.

We are responsible for:

•Estonian language proficiency examinations

•Estonian citizenship examinations

•State examinations

•International language exams

•Basic school final examinations

•Standard-determining tests

•International and national educational surveys

(e.g., PISA, TALIS, IELS, satisfaction surveys)

Department of Study Programmes and Teaching Materials

creates teaching aids and promotes good teaching methods.

•We compile and develop national curricula.

•We create study materials, including digital study materials for basic, general, and vocational education.

•We coordinate the introduction of entrepreneurship education and multilingual learning (incl. language immersion) methodologies.

•We develop hobby education and hobby activities.

•We support the implementation of inclusive education.

•We develop vocational and higher education according to the needs of the labor market (PRÕM).

Department of Educational Councelling Services

manages the nationwide Rajaleidja network.

•In the course of educational counselling, we identify problems related to the child's learning or behavior that hinder his or her successful educational path.

•We then give advice to the adults around the child (parents, teachers, support professionals, etc.) on how to support the child.

•If necessary, as an out-of-school counseling team, we provide an educational recommendation for organizing the child's educational journey.

•We offer crisis counseling to educational institutions.

Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA)

accredits and evaluates educational institutions.

•Our task is the institutional accreditation and thematic evaluation of higher education institutions and the evaluation of the quality of vocational education and training institutions.

•Based on the evaluation results, we prepare analyzes.

•We train educational institutions and experts.

EKKA has the status of a unit performing independent tasks within the Education and Youth Board, for the management of which a board of trustees consisting of representatives of various interest groups is formed.

Department of Central Services

We provide Harno the following services:

•Communications

•Staff

•Administration

•IT

•Finance

•Procurements

•Legal

•Customer service

•Quality management