In Flanders a child’s educational career is largely predisposedby the social economic status of his or hers parents. In a
Less than 5,8% of students in higher education come from Turkishor North African background, whereas the percentages of thesegroups in the general population are at least three timeshigher.
MAP Kathleen Helsen thinks that Teach First can make adifference. “The teachers in the Teach First programme are highlytalented, not only in their own subject, but also in socialaspects. In Britain companies engage too, teaching the youngeducators leadership skills.”
The teachers commit to their schools for at least two years, buteven after that period many of these excellent people do not leavethe teaching profession. Around one third of the Teach Firstteachers opt for a career in business.
Helsen will shortly start contacting stakeholders in education,business and government to gain momentum for the project inFlanders. “If necessary I will demolish all regulations that stand in the way”, Kathleen Helsen says, “Equal opportunitiesin education is my ultimate goal.”