8.8 Synergies and partnerships
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The implementation of cultural policies aimed at young people is most often based on joint work between the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Youth and the Ministry of Education and training.
Synergies between the policies of Culture, Youth and Edcuation have been described in 8.2 Cross-sectoral cooperation and 8.3. It concerns (see 8.3 for a description of these plans):
- Concept note ‘Growing in culture’ (‘Groeien in cultuur’, 2012):
- Concept note ‘Continuing to Grow in Culture’ (‘Doorgroeien in cultuur’, 2013)
- Action Plan ‘Culture and Education: Together for more and better’ (Actieplan 'Cultuur en Onderwijs – Samen voor meer en beter’, 2016)
- Action Plan ‘Education and Culture: together for even more and better II’ (Actieplan ‘Onderwijs en Cultuur: samen voor nog meer en beter II’, 2018-2019)
Outside these policies areas synergies are limited, but there are some examples. For instance:
Between youth/culture and equal opportunities:
The Flemish equal opportunities policy aims to combat discrimination mechanisms. It wants to make them visible and discussable, combat them and prevent the emergence of new mechanisms. The equal opportunities policy does this on the basis of the equal opportunities decree (gelijke kansendecreet) with a focus on gender, sexual diversity, disability and accessibility. The horizontal integration and equal opportunities policy plan 2020-2024 (Horizontaal Integratie- gelijke kansenbeleidsplan 2020-2024) contains several transversal actions to achieve equal opportunities. One of these actions concerns strengthening the cultural participation and lowering the thresholds to cultural activities of young people and children of foreign origin.
As illustrated in section 8.5 there are many partnerships between culture and creative sectors, youth organisations and youth workers. These partnerships are linked to the four types of subsidies described in section 8.5, namely subsidies for cultural education associations, subsidies for experimental youth work, general national youth work organizations and youth houses.
Many partnerships exist also at the local (municipal) level, but these are at the initiative of the local associations themselves and there exists no exhaustive overview of these initiatives.