€3.2 million for science and maths projects

Summary

Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters has announced funding of €3.2 million for “bridging” projects related to the government’s action plan for the promotion of STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Initiatives bridge the gap between the classroom and workplace

Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters has announced funding of €3.2 million for “bridging” projects related to the government’s action plan for the promotion of STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The projects selected create a “bridge” between the classroom and the workplace, with links formed between schools and businesses; the projects will reach 50,000 to 70,000 – mainly students but also teachers and business owners. The goal is to stimulate enterprise among young people in education, from pre-school to university

The government hopes that the STEM action plan makes up the region’s shortfall in the numbers of qualified workers in technical, engineering and scientific posts by 2020. The 15 projects involve the universities of Leuven, Ghent and Brussels, as well as university colleges across Flanders. They include 12-year-olds building their own Lego robots; screening STEM students for enterprise talent; helping teachers and school administrators with awareness of enterprise; vacation workshops aimed at encouraging girls to study STEM subjects ; and boot camps for the various disciplines involved in games development.

€3.2 million for science and maths projects

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Educational system

The Flemish educational system is divided into two levels: primary (age six to 12) and secondary school (12 to 18). Education is compulsory for children between the ages of six and 18.
Types - There are three educational networks in Flanders: the Flemish Community’s GO! network, and publicly funded education – either publicly or privately run.
Not enough space - In recent years, Flemish schools have been struggling with persistent teacher shortages and a growing lack of school spaces.
No tuition fees - Nursery, primary and secondary school are free in Flanders.
1

million school-going children in 2013

30

million euros Flemish education budget for new school infrastructures in 2013

11

percent of boys leaving secondary school without a diploma