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Journée bruxelloise du Multilinguisme
Brusselse Dag van de Meertaligheid
Brussels Day of Multilingualism
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On Saturday 24 September 2022 between 11 am and 4 pm the minister in charge of the promotion of multilingualism in the Brussels Capital Region, Sven Gatz, organizes for the third time the Day of Multilingualism.
This year the theme of the day will be multilingualism in the workplace. The impact of multilingualism on the Brussels business world can hardly be underestimated.
It will be worthwhile, with the necessary scientific explanations, robust debates, an interesting and well-known keynote speaker, a light-hearted quiz and plenty of room for networking.
The third Day of Multilingualism will be held in the Brussels Capital Region, in cooperation with several business organisations such as BECI, UNIZO, CEVORA and Huis van het Nederlands.
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.