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Call for projects
The Brussels government has given green light to the project call BeTalky.brussels 2023-2024 promoting multilingualism in the Brussels cultural sector.
The project call is an implementation of the policy paper 'Promotion of Multilingualism', which received broad support in the Brussels parliament in December 2019.
Brussels has an extensive cultural offer, supported by a solid network. Culture can play an important role in promoting cohesion between communities, thus enhancing social cohesion. A submitted project should aim to promote and strengthen multilingualism in culture.
The new project call is aimed at the cultural sector, be it organisations or individual artists. A budget of €200.000 is allocated for the project call for the fiscal year 2023. Organisations may submit applications for up to €30.000.
Projects must be submitted by 15 May 2023. The selection committee set up in consultation with the Brussels Council for Multilingualism will present a proposal, upon which the Brussels government will decide which projects are eligible for funding by 8 June 2023 at the latest. Projects will start on 11 September 2023 at the earliest.
You can find here more information on the call (contact info - press release - application form - formalities) at www.betalky.brussels.
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Fourth Multilingualism day
The fourth Multilingualism Day will take place on Saturday 23 September 2023 at the Brussels Parliament. The chosen projects will play an important role there as the day will be entirely devoted to the Brussels cultural sector.
Dutch-speaking schools in Brussels can stimulate multilingualism
The Flemish Community Commission (VGC) stimulates initiatives on multilingualism in Dutch-speaking schools in the Brussels region. At the initiative of Brussels minister Sven Gatz, the VGC decided to launch a call for projects to that end.
For years, Dutch language education in a multilingual environment has been a trump card of Dutch-speaking education in Brussels. In the super-diverse and cosmopolitan metropolis that the Brussels region has now become, Minister Gatz wants to encourage the schools to give multilingualism every chance.
"We want to promote Dutch, French and English multilingualism in our schools, in combination with the pupils' home languages," says Minister Gatz. "This combination is essential if we want to give our children and all young people in Brussels the best possible chances to build their future in our region. Just recently, Actiris, the regional employment service for the Brussels-Capital Region, announced that poor language skills are one of the main reasons why job vacancies in our region remain unfilled."
The call for projects is aimed at short-term projects, which require limited investment for the schools in terms of staff and materials, but which nevertheless produce quick results. After all, schools in Brussels but also outside of it, are already facing very serious challenges, such as the shortage of teachers or the aftermath of the covid pandemic.Projects which the schools themselves consider successful can be the stepping stones to more structural actions around multilingualism and more intensified cooperation. Schools that cooperate with "other-language" schools in Brussels in the realisation of a project will receive extra support. In this way, schools can more easily set up collaborations and exchanges and develop a network, without immediately feeling the pressure to enter into structural collaborations or staff exchanges. The initiative to stimulate and facilitate projects on multilingualism at school is in line with the recommendations from the Tour of Brussels for School Teams, which Minister Gatz set up in 2020.
The multilingual projects subsidy can be applied for from the end of August, through the subsidy desk of the VGC.
BeTalky is an initiative of the Brussels-Capital Region and aims to promote multilingualism in Brussels. Our city has 1.2 million inhabitants, who speak more than 100 different languages. The advantages of multilingualism are numerous. In addition to the opportunities it opens up on the labour market, multilingualism promotes cohesion among the inhabitants of Brussels.
In recent years, our city has become a cosmopolitan metropolis with 1.2 million inhabitants, in a relatively small area. Brussels is home to around 180 nationalities speaking more than 100 different languages. The people of Brussels believe that knowledge of languages is an essential part of learning the Brussels identity. It is important for the inhabitants of Brussels to understand each other and therefore to get to know and understand each other better.
Sven Gatz - Minister for the Promotion of Multilingualism