Nordic consumer organizations, government agencies and authorities have collaborated on educational issues since the 1960s. Over the last ten years, collaboration in the sector of consumer education has been extended to the Baltic States.
Nordic-Estonian Consumer Education group is established in 2007 as an informal cooperation group. The main purpose of the NE-group is to promote consumer education, co-ordinate projects and create bi-lateral networks (universities and state authorities) within the field of consumer education. The actions of the group are based on the document: Teaching Consumer Competences, a Strategy for Consumer Education (2009) and its appendix Consumer competence for children and adolescents—objectives for teaching (2013). The strategy and the appendix of it strategy are designed to enhance consumer education and the teaching of consumer competences and to help curriculum planners, educators, teachers and trainers. It also has the aim of encouraging development of competences and learning environments.
Following persons are behind the actions of Nordic-Estonian Consumer Education group:
- Estonia: Hanna Turetski, Consumer Protection Board of Estonia
- Finland: Taina Mäntylä, The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority
- Norway: Sissel Annie Husebråten, Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion
- Sweden: Anita Forsnäsgård, Consumer Agency of Sweden
Seminar on consumer education:
„ Consumer education – teaching survival skills in consumer society “
On 3rd of November 2015 the Consumer Protection Board of Estonia in co-operation with Tallinn University and consumer protection national authorities of Sweden and Finland is organizing a seminar for teachers and students. In Estonia as in most of the countries, consumer education is just a tiny part of other subjects, if at all and during seminar we would like to show about the different possibilities. Firstly there will be a panel discussion why consumer education is important. After that the consumer education specialists from Finland and Sweden will talk about their experience. There will be also some practical workshops about teaching accordance with thinking processes, changes in generations and in education and how to motivate children and earn their respect. The organizers provide also translation from Estonian into English.