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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


4. Social Inclusion

4.4 Inclusive programmes for young people

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  1. Programmes specific for vulnerable young people
  2. Funding
  3. Quality assurance

Programmes specific for vulnerable young people

In chapter 3 you can find programmes for vulnerable young people. Learn2Work (only in Dutch), for example, is a learning and working project supported by youth work. You can find more about this project in chapter 3.

Another policy measure is the mbo card. The minister of Education, Culture and Science wants to promote that every student in vocational education has the opportunity to experience cultural activities. According to the minister, not every student is able to visit cultural institutions.

The programme ‘Extraordinary Ordinary’ (Gewoon Bijzonder) is an initiative of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The implementation is being done by ZonMw (The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development). This programme ‘Gewoon Bijzonder Nationaal Programma Gehandicapten’ has a direct connection with the UN treaty and focuses on greater participation and empowerment of disabled people. This includes a focus on young people with disabilities. With this programme disabled people are, for example, enabled to work and learn. This programme was introduced in 2015 and has a timeframe of eight years.

Appropriate education

The Ombudsman for Children (only in Dutch) (please see below for more information) published a report ‘Werkt passend onderwijs?’ (Does appropriate education work?) (2015). In this report appropriate education is evaluated. The conclusions are as follows: It turns out that there are still children that do not get appropriate education in their schools; There are still children who stay at home for long periods of time. The Ombudsman for Children observed that appropriate education did not solve these problems. He emphasized that laws and regulations need to be adjusted and problems in schools should be solved.


The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science funds the mbo card with € 1 million.

The programme Extraordinary Ordinary (Gewoon Bijzonder) receives € 8 million for the first four years, from the budget of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

There is no further information on the funding of these programmes.

Quality assurance

The programme Extraordinary Ordinary Gewoon Bijzonder (only in Dutch) will have an interim evaluation in 2017. This is requested by the ministry of  Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and will be conducted by ZonMw. At the end of 2018 the programme will have a final evaluation. The monitoring of the projects continues until  2021.