During the sixth edition of the ‘Stand van de Rand’, policy makers and other key players from the Flemish Periphery examined the educational challenges in the region around Brussels.
After two digital ‘corona editions’, the ‘Stand van de Rand’ continued fully and physically again. During the event, policymakers and other key players from the Flemish Periphery gather to discuss the most important challenges. Due to corona, the two previous editions were forced to continue digitally, but now the colloquium could take place in the unique Botanic Garden of Meise, which celebrates its 225th anniversary this year.
The participants discussed recent and future investments in education in the Flemish Periphery. “Our region faces major challenges, so it is crucial that we put all our heads together on a regular basis,” said Minister Ben Weyts. “It is also very useful that the Minister of Flemish Periphery is also that of Education”.
The 6th edition of the ‘Stand van de Rand’ was entirely devoted to Education. After all, the schools in the Flemish Periphery face specific challenges. Consider, for example, the rapidly growing influx of students coming from the Brussels-Capital Region.
Flemish Brabant provincial governor Jan Spooren is pleased with this ‘Stand van de Rand’: “Education is certainly a topical theme in September. Education has also received a lot of attention in recent years within the Stand van de Rand strategic project. Rand I therefore find it extremely important that knowledge about current projects can be shared during this colloquium, so that the various actors within the Vlaamse Rand can reinforce each other in this diverse, but also strongly cohesive region,” says Spooren.