The Citizen’s Day celebrated on 26 November is an event meant for all citizens and people living in Estonia. On this day, we will think about the relationship between ourselves and the state and how good we are as citizens.
Supporting the Citizen’s Day events has become a tradition for the foundation. Since 2005 we have been conducting the project competition “Events and Materials about Civil Awareness and Tolerance,” whose purpose is to support projects that would expand the knowledge of students about the society of Estonia, value Estonian citizenship and being a citizen, strengthen the tradition of the Citizen’s Day and the Independence Day of the Republic of Estonia and develop tolerance in a multicultural environment. The Internet-based Citizen’s Day Quiz has been organised every year since 2003.
Citizen’s Day Quiz
The Citizen’s Day Quiz is held around the Citizen’s Day on 26 November and it is meant for pupils studying in grades 7 to 12 of Estonian and Russian general schools and pupils of vocational schools that also give general education. Its purpose is to improve the students’ knowledge of the constitutional institutions of the Republic of Estonia, human and civil rights, freedoms and duties, and issues associated with the European Union. The quiz is in Estonian with links to laws and other sources of information that can be used to some extent when answering the questions.
Winners are named in six categories – pupils studying in grades 7 to 9 in Estonian-language schools, at the upper secondary school level or in vocational schools and pupils studying in grades 7 to 9 in Russian-language schools, at the upper secondary school level or in vocational schools. Prizes will also be awarded to the schools with the largest number of participants. The winners usually receive their prizes around the Independence Day of the Republic of Estonia.
The quiz results can be used as study materials after the competition has finished:
The number of participants decreased in 2008 after a new format was introduced. This meant that the pupils taking part in the quiz were given the correct answers not immediately after giving their answers (like before), but a few weeks later. Similarly to 2008, the pupils taking part in the quiz in 2009 also answered 50 questions. The number of participants was then more than twice the number achieved in 2008: 3767.