The Department of Education and Training in Flanders is a part of the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training, and is in charge of policy support. The Department formulates educational policy in Flanders and supporting the Flemish minister of Education and Training with a wide array of policy supporting tasks. A key priority for the Flemish lifelong learning strategy is the transition between education and the labour market. The main action lines are study and career guidance, matching education provisions and content with the reality of the labour market, reducing the number of school drop-outs and supporting low qualified individuals to enhance their skills.
Within the Department, several specialised divisions work towards furthering the goals set forward by the Department. The Higher Education and Adult Education Division will be responsible for the Flemish partnership in VISKA.
Role in the project
As a partner, the Department of Education and Training of Flanders serves as a public authority. Within the project, DET takes the lead with regards to communication and dissemination of the project. There is a team of four people involved with the project: Nathalie Druine, Kris Coremans, Pol Verheye and Joeri Deryckere.
The aim for Flanders is to inform the Minister of Education and the Flemish government about the possibilities of providing an accessible VPL procedure in the general education programmes in the centres of adult education in Flanders, tailored to the needs of the target group. Providing adult learners without a diploma a shorter route towards a certificate and eventually a diploma will lead to more opportunities in both their personal and their professional life.
At this stage of the project, the Flemish partner has learned that the great variety in ideas and approaches in the partner countries is very enriching. Locally, the Flemish have found an enthusiasm within the adult education centres to collaborate on the project and have learned that many stakeholders have to be involved.