Researchers submit statement in support of Estonian studies to Riigikogu
Representatives of researchers handed a statement over to the Riigikogu on Monday calling for greater financing for Estonian research and Estonian studies.
One of the initiators of the statement, Mari Sarv, a researcher at the Estonian Folklore Archives of the Estonian Literary Museum, said that the disciplines of Estonian language, culture, history and society are not studied by anyone else.
"The Estonian state is the only one in the world with the responsibility of ensuring that Estonian studies continue," Sarv said. "It is vital for all of us that the research areas related to the Estonian territory, nature, culture, nation and state should persist and develop, and that research should serve the interests of us alland support the sustainability of our state and nation."
One important part of the Estonian language that must be preserved is the language used for research, she continued, and greater importance must be attached to Estonian-language research. In order to ensure the stability and sustainability of research, it is important that young researchers have options for conducting their studies in Estonia, she added.