Editors Margit Sutrop, Marko Ringo, Aire Vaher
Copyreader Inna Lusti
Proofreading Sirje Hiie, Tiia Varol
Designer Merle Moorlat
Published with the support ofthe Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, and the Office of the President
Publisher Eesti Keele Sihtasutus
The idea for this essay contest came from the Head of the Centre for Ethics of the University of Tartu, Professor Margit Sutrop. It was discussed by the President’s Academic Advisory Board and its members agreed to judge the contest. The event was also supported by the Office of the President and by the journal Akadeemia.
A total of 326 essays were received, including 115 from primary school students, 86 by high school students and 125 by adults. The authors were from a diverse range of occupations and their ages ranged from seven years to ninety-four. They wrote about the environment, education, politics, emigration, alcoholism, equal opportunities and national identity.
The best essay by an adult was published in the journal Akadeemia, and the best by a secondary school student in Eesti Päevaleht. Others were also published in Täheke and Hea Laps. In addition to those selected works, this compilation contains comments by the judges, and forewords from the organisers.