Multilingualism in education: an online exchange
In November 2020, experts from Vietnam, South Africa and Belgium met virtually to exchange expertise and experiences on multilingualism in education. Watch the full recordings here and download the presentations.
Our first podcast: on multilingualism in education
We proudly present our first podcast! To promote the eNSPIRED learning week, VVOB in South-Africa, and the Department of Basic Education engaged in a conversation about multilingualism as an asset in South African education.
On the way to school
The start of the school year may be (or dismay) a delight to millions of kids around the globe. However, it’s important not to forget that, in some parts of the world, even primary education can be a hard-won luxury. Some of the children have to take the most dangerous roads in the world to receive the education that some of us may take for granted. A photo collection showing children on their way to school makes you start thinking about equity in education
FUNDA OER, making a difference in the education landscape in South Africa
To improve teaching and learning for inclusive education, VVOB - education for development together with Inclusive Education South Africa (IESA), South African Council for Educators (SACE) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) worked hard in developing FUNDA, a platform for educational resources.
How to fix South Africa’s Schools: Lessons from schools that work
Discover this manual thet school leaders, teachers, parents, and other community members can use to turn around a dysfunctional or ineffective school.
Meet Jean Paul Sebisogo, a not-so-ordinary school leader from Rwanda
Since 2011, Jean Paul Sebisogo is the school leader of Paysannat L, a basic and secondary school in Rwanda. Among his students are 20,000 Burundian refugees.
Gender and Development for Cambodia: committed to constructive dialogue
In March Satya Roeurn, Programme Officer at Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC) visited Belgium for the eNSPIRED international learning week on gender and education. He shared his insights on his organisation’s partnership with VVOB in the TIGER project in Cambodia, to transform schools into centres of excellence for gender-responsiveness.
Welcome to the Bambanani series
Each child has the right to quality education and teaching inclusively can contribute to achieving that goal. This series of videos illustrates how teachers are teaching inclusively in South African classrooms. The videos focus on teaching numeracy and literacy in the Foundation and Intermediate phases.
Gender and education: two experts take the floor
During the international guest lecture on gender and education in Ghent on November 13, 2018, gender specialists madeleine kennedy-macfoy from Education International (EI) and Wendelien Vantieghem from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) were looking for a connection between these gender challenges.
YES! Youth Empowerment Surinam
“YES made me aware, so now I follow the right pathway." YES (Youth Empowerment Suriname) organises trainings for young people in which the development of a positive self image and discovering talents are central.
Gender integration in education: the success of training school leaders
With Girls on MARS in Rwanda, VVOB strengthens the professional development opportunities for primary school leaders and improves the mentorship system for newly qualified teachers. Gender is the thread connecting the four modules of the programme.
School clubs: students searching answers to gender challenges
During meetings of the Bubazi and Aspeka clubs, girls and boys exchange opinions about traditional gender roles and reproductive rights. Members of the club are offered a platform for self-development through a mini-enterprise that introduces them to saving systems, problem solving, entrepreneurship and leadership. Through collaboration they learn to share ideas, trust each other and how to be confident, which is beneficial for their self-esteem.
GRP4ECE toolkit: teachers challenge gender stereotypes
VVOB, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and public education partners in Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia have joined forces to develop a practical approach to gender-responsive pedagogy for early childhood education (GRP4ECE). The GRP4ECE toolkit empowers preschool teachers and school leaders to challenge gender stereotypes where they can do the most harm, but where they can also be challenged most effectively: the classroom. An environment free of stereotypes lays a firm foundation for young children to grow up freely exploring and developing their unique interests and talents.
"On a Plate", a short story about privilege
Illustrator Toby Morris reminds us that not everyone gets the same privileges in life, with this brilliant comic titled “On a Plate”. The illustrations depict the story of two individuals born into different households and how their backgrounds and families play a huge role in the kind of opportunities they get in life.
Community Schools make the difference in Zambia
To also offer them local, quality and (almost) free education, parents and voluntary teachers opened the first Community Schools in 1992. By now, these Community Schools are well established in Zambia and no less than thirty per cent of the school-going youth go to such a school.
Quality education using low cost materials
Creative and quality teaching using recycled materials has found its way to teacher trainings in Zambia.
Going the extra mile for vulnerable learners
For Mutinta Sifaya, vulnerable children in the classroom are a daily reality
Big class? This way you hold the attention of all your students
Blaise Nzilampa teaches classes of 40 to 60 students. To hold their attention he uses a simple but effective system.
Teaching 76 students in one class
Curious about the day-to-day lives of her colleagues in other countries, teacher Joke De Dycker travels to the DR Congo. After a few days observing classes in a secondary agricultural school, she spends a day teaching herself, which doesn’t necessarily go as planned… Check out her story in this video!
Vulnerable learners: the teacher matters
Inequity both in schools and wider society plays an important role in the learning experiences of vulnerable children. Prof. Kwame Akyeampong argued that teachers should be first in line to create learning opportunities. Click here to watch his lecture.
International Women's Day in Cambodia: get rid of gender stereotypes
On the occasion of International Women's Day (8 March), three students organised a lesson on gender stereotypes in the Kro Per Ha primary school in Cambodia. Watch the video and discover what this brought about for the children of this primary school.
Vocational education: young people turn their passion into their profession
To give primary vocational education a new realistic and positive image, VVOB Suriname, together with the Vocational Education Directorate of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (MINOWC) made a series of videos. Be inspired by the stories of Xiomara Felter, Randy Van Ams and Algeray Ravenberg.
Working with disposable materials: crearchive of community schools (part 2)
The community schools in Zambia do not have many resources to offer quality education to their learners. That is why they are very creative with disposable and low-cost materials. Discover the homemade didactic materials in the second crearchive.
Measuring is knowing: continuous assessment in Cambodia
As a teacher, you have to stay informed about the learning progress of your students, and there are all kinds of methods and techniques for assessment. What do you think of teacher Chhen's active evaluation technique in Cambodia: did her students understand the rectangle lesson well?
A day in the life of a school leader in Rwanda
Good school leadership is crucial to improve the performances of teachers and the learning outcomes of students. That is exactly what VVOB Rwanda is working on together with the Rwandan Ministry of Education. We follow a day in the life of Deogratias Tuyisingize, school leader of Group Scolaire Nkanya.
Two teachers in the classroom: co-teaching in Vietnamese preschools
In most preschools in Vietnam, two teachers teach the same class at the same time. We illustrate this co-teaching practice with videos and focus on strenghts and challenges for teachers and schools in Vietnam. these observations help to reflect on co-teaching in Flanders. What can we learn from Vietnam to strenghten the practice of co-teaching in Flanders?
Working with disposable materials: crearchive of community schools (part 1)
The community schools in Zambia do not have many resources to offer quality education to their toddlers and primary school children. That is why they are very creative with disposable and low-cost materials. Four Belgian students went to support them in the development of didactic material.