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6. Education and Training

6.10 Current debates and reforms

 

Social cohesion in education

The Scientific Council for Government Policy (Wetenschappelijke Raad voor Regeringsbeleid – WRR) calls for policies aiming at social cohesion in education. It calls for the new Cabinet to help children of lower educated parents to have the same opportunities for good education as equally talented children of higher educated parents.

 

Equal opportunities

An important current debate is the equal opportunities debate of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science: Brede aanpak voor gelijke kansen in het onderwijs (Broad approach for equal opportunities in education). With this approach the government wants to stimulate easier access in different kinds of schools, to learn from each other’s experiences, awareness of all involved, and space to experiment. The government wants to invest € 87 million in the next three years (2017 – 2019). The Gelijke Kansen Alliantie (Equal Opportunities Alliance) is linked to this approach. This alliance consists of all groups that want to contribute to a world of equality, e.g. children, parents, caretakers, teachers, educationalists and other stakeholders.