Belgium

Similar to France, Belgium deal with similar challenges in reducing educational and social inequalities while also facing obstacles in spreading digital literacy. With the The Code Travelers (Voyageurs du code) and Khan Academy programs, Libraries Without Borders (BSF) responds to these issues throughout the Wallonie-Bruxelles Federation by developing projects for digital education.

Background

In Belgium, the mass education and the weight of social inequality in schools cripples the educational system, which often struggles to guide the most vulnerable students. 11% of the youth between 18 and 24 years old abandon their studies or their training. In this context, it is necessary to come up with new pedagogical methods that allow individualised follow-up of the students and that support them regardless of their difficulties, increasing the global quality of education.

Furthermore, the current classical educational and lifelong learning structures do not offer training or an introduction to computer coding, while the digital economy continues to demand this skill from a rising proportion of jobs; so, the challenge remains unchecked.

Our Approach

Even if it is far from a miracle solution, the digital programs nevertheless offer the possibility of promoting a free access to quality learning resources throughout the world, while, at the same time, putting performance monitoring tools to use next to individualized support of the students. Furthermore, both for the youngest and for the populations most often excluded from the workforce, the introduction to coding and computer programming presents many opportunities for professional integration while fostering a habit of innovation.

Our Work in Belgium


The Code Travelers: Digital Introduction for youth

Objective

Education & Cultural Diversity


Start date

2015


Status

Ongoing


BACKGROUND

A majority of the youth and adults make daily use of digital technologies but only have a slight awareness of the immense potential offered by computer programming and often do not have any skills in this field. Women, who make up only 27% of the workers in the software and IT sector, are much more likely to affected by poor computer literacy skills.

ACTIONS

The work in mobilisation, training, and facilitating of the community managed by BSF in Francophone Belgium has allowed a network of partners (local, non-profits, and institutional contributors) and of Code Travelers to take shape.

90 Code Travelers are active within the 20 structures throughout different cities. The networking is particularly strong in Brussels where a dozen structures are involved.

Volunteers and professionals have been trained in several sessions to give them the skills and tools needed to facilitate the workshops.

Regular themed events (videogames, CyrptoParty, etc.) allow the discovery of the program by a larger audience and the drafting of new volunteers.

In 2017, BSF aims to support the development of new workshops and pursue the adaptation of tools and contents according to identified needs. BSF will also contribute to making the Code Travelers more visible in their actions around the permanent educational operators.

BENEFICIARIES

  • Elementary school children, 7 to 12 years-old: in order to introduce them to digital tools starting from the youngest age (it is at this age that the children are most apt to learning new languages, like coding).
  • Adolescents and youth, 12 to 18 years-old, who are particularly exposed to risks connected to the protection of their private lives and the diffusion of data on the Internet. Furthermore, the secondary schools constitute a key stage on academic and professional orientation of the youth.
  • The program will focus more specifically on the most vulnerable populations of the region: the children and youth in academic difficulty or in a situation of dropping out, the youth in search of employment, the children and youth in a precarious socio-economic situation.
Khan Academy: A Free Tool Providing a Better Support for Students

Objective

Education & Cultural Diversity


Start date

2016


Status

Ongoing


BACKGROUND

Despite higher funding than the European country average and important positive developments recently, the Belgian educational system remains inequitable, achieving global results lower than average. To face these problems Belgium launched, in 2014, the “Pact of Excellence” (Pacte d’excellence)  a large education reform that seeks the collaboration of educational contributors from all around the world to rise to the challenge of improving Belgian education “in equity, performance, modernity, and efficiency.”

ACTIONS

BSF launched a project for the diffusion of Khan Academy in Francophone Belgium, over a period of three years.

BSF accompanies a community of teachers, tutors, or volunteers within the Homework School system that relies on the platform to better help the students in their learning of math, sciences, and new technologies.

This digital learning tool allows them to save time, notably on correcting exercises, allowing them to dedicate more time to each individual student, especially those in need.

Performance monitoring tools are also available to instructors, which enables them to more precisely detect the skills to reinforce for their students.

BENEFICIARIES

15 teachers/tutors and their students.

WITH SUPPORT FROM

Executive Partners

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