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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 09:47

Faut-il assurer la mixité sociale au sein des établissements et classes de l’enseignement belge francophone de façon à assurer des chances égales d’émancipation sociale ? À l’heure où les acteurs du Pacte pour un enseignement d’excellence travaillent à réformer le système éducatif belge francophone, il nous semble primordial de la traiter en prenant du recul grâce aux interventions de conférenciers de grande qualité enrichissant le traitement de la question de leur regard belge ou international. Cette journée vise à nous faire réfléchir ensemble à cette mixité sociale à l’école, à la façon dont elle peut être mise en place et à ses conséquences.

La journée d’étude est ouverte à 100 participants. Elle s'adresse à tout acteur du système éducatif intéressé par les questions de mixité sociale à l'école. Plusieurs interventions longues (30 minutes + de présentation suivies de 15 minutes de débat) se succéderont. Elles permettront de faire le point sur la question grâce aux interventions de chercheurs et d'acteurs éducatifs s’y étant intéressés.

Inscription gratuite, mais obligatoire. L’inscription se fait en ligne pour le 7 mai au plus tard à l’adresse suivante: bit.ly/mixite


Friday, October 17, 2014 - 21:28

In a statement on 7 November 2014 Flemish Minister of Education Hilde Crevits (christian democratic party) announced she would change the policy for school financing, making allocation of funding less dependent on socio-economic characteristics of the student population. The Minister does not want to change the policy which allocates more teaching staff to schools with a higher proportion of disfavoured children (measured through indicators such as highest educational degree of the mother and language spoken at home), but she does want to change the system for basic financing of schools in order to "in the future allocate the same amount of money to each child". Although the details of this policy change remain unclear and would depend on the outcomes of a budgettary check and a scientific evaluation, the intention is clearly formulated in the Flemish government agreement and reiterated by the Minister in her statement that the current differentiated basic financing of schools (which partially takes into account characteristics of pupils in budget allocation) would be abolished. The end goal, "allocating the same amount of money to each child in all schools", boils down to giving less money to schools with a higher proportion of disfavoured children. Several policy actors on the local level (the aldermen for education of the cities of Ghent and Antwerp), the "organizing powers" (the bodies running the schools), politicians and educational scientists have raised objections and sometimes fierce criticism. Former Minister of Education Frank Vandenbroucke (socialist party), who had introduced differential financing of schools a decade before, had already published an open letter (weeks before the public announcement by Minister Crevits) to warn against the policy change announced in the Flemish government agreement.