Campaign to make Dutch more attractive to francophone pupils
The Huis van het Nederlands is set to begin a drive to show pupils in Brussels’ French-speaking schools how learning Dutch will help them socially and professionally
“For many students who graduate from French-speaking education in Brussels, a lack of Dutch-language skills seriously limits their chances of finding a job,” Segers told Bruzz. He said Dutch was not a “sexy” choice for young people and some schools offer only English as an extra language option.
After the summer, the Huis van het Nederlands will begin a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of learning Dutch, with a pilot project in five French-speaking schools, focusing on technical education.
To show pupils where Dutch is spoken in Brussels and why they need the language, experts will take them on a tour, with information about work, free time and sports. Afterwards, there will be an information session at the Huis van het Nederlands.
The pilot phase will run until December. Next year, a more permanent programme will be provided to French-speaking schools. Many Dutch-speaking Brussels institutions are contributing to the project, including the Flemish library and information centre Muntpunt.
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