Governments work together to take refugee kids to school
The Flemish and federal governments will fund school transport for refugee children, using bikes, buses and collective vehicles
Chances for the future
There will be a customised approach for each centre, based on bikes, existing bus lines and collective bus transport. The Agency for Education Services, schools, public transport authority De Lijn, the federal agency supporting asylum-seekers, the Red Cross and local governments will work together to streamline the service.
The government of Flanders is contributing €300,000 in subsidies to the service for 2016. Subsidies can be awarded to all organisations that support collective care, such as school directors, non-profit organisations focusing on school transport, municipal governments and charities working for asylum centres.
“Education offers young refugees chances for the future,” said Crevits. “We have also taken various measures concerning reception education for children who don’t speak Dutch, and schools with non-Dutch-speaking toddlers also receive extra funding for language guidance.”
million school-going children in 2013
million euros Flemish education budget for new school infrastructures in 2013
percent of boys leaving secondary school without a diploma