The sport department of the VGC wins an award for the innovative ideas in the field of language tuition
The sport department of the Flemish community Commission (VGC) wins the 2014 European Label for innovative ideas in the field of language tuition and learning for the project “Oefenkans Nederlands” (I practise Dutch). Foreign-born Brussels residents can do volunteering work for the sport department of the VGC as instructor-assistant in order to practise their Dutch.
Many foreign-born Brussels residents would like to practise their Dutch in the real world. Doing volunteering work for a Dutch-speaking organization is the ideal opportunity to put knowledge into practice: they are gaining experience in a leisure environment, get to meet Dutch-speaking colleagues, learn about new Dutch-speaking organizations and maintain contact with their fellow citizens. Foreign-born Brussels residents can do volunteering work for the VGC as coach assistant for the sport department of the Dutch-speaking sport department.
The college member of the VGC in charge of Sport Pascal Smet is delighted that the VGC has been awarded this prize: 'It is a very nice token of recognition for the sport department of the VGC. We must continue to give opportunities to practise Dutch in a playful environment', asserts Smet. 'Besides, I would like to keep investing in multicultural encounters. Last year, there were volunteers from Polish, Russian, Moroccan, Chinese and Iraqui origin. Thanks to this project, volunteers, sport instructors, the children and their parents as well as their VGC work colleagues meet Brussels residents with other cultural backgrounds. In a city as diverse as Brussels, it is an absolute must.'
Thanks to the European Label for innovative ideas in the field of language tuition, the European Commission aims to encourage the learning of foreign languages within the Member states of the European Union. The Dutch language house in Brussels was partner in this project.