Belgium - De Kleine Geuzen elementary school

Jette is one of the nineteen municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region in Belgium. The municipality had a total population of 52201 on 1 January 2018. The total area is 5,04 inhabitants per km². In common with the other Brussels municipalities, it’s legally bilingual (French - Dutch). Jette has a green character and has a number of parks and three forests: the Laarbeek forest, the Poelbos and the Dieleghembos. Jette has a protected immovable heritage, including te Magritte museum. The former home of the surrealist artist, René Magritte, is located in Jette and is now transformed into a museum.

De Kleine Geuzen elementary school is part of he GO! School group Brussels . We offer education for pupils aged 2.5 to 12 years old. We have 5 classes in our kindergarten department and 6 classes in the primary level. The number of pupils is 190. Our team consists 11 teachers, 1 headmaster, 2 special need teachers and 1 gym teacher. The city of Brussels offers a range of different nationalities, minorities, cultures and religions. We are highly aware of the diverse public in our school and are continuously adapting our education to provide equal educational opportunities for all our students. We attach great importance to the intercultural skills of our pupils in this superdiverse society. Under the motto: learning to live together, we make our pupils tolerant citizens with respect for each individual's personality and opinion. Due to the direct proximity of a park, our school has a green character. This facilitates a lot of outdoor activities. With our education we want to train the crucial competences of the 21st century like responsibility, collaboration, ownership, ... to prepare our students for the world in which they live and the jobs of the future. To this end, they make functional, targeted and critical use of modern technologies. By allowing them to work together with each other in a constructive way, they will be able to apply their knowledge and develop their creative abilities. They can learn from their mistakes. This contributes to the development of one's own personality and talents. At the same time, they are more open to learning from their fellow pupils.

Since this school year we have our own FabLab. To this end, we went through an entire process in collaboration with the 'Vrije Universiteit Brussel'. The teachers of the 5th and 6th class are already actively working in the FabLab. They are setting up a number of projects such as an inventors' fair, an art fair and a mini-company in which the pupils integrate art into scientific learning through an interaction between contemplation and creation. Through these STEAM-focused activities, we make our pupils more receptive to science and culture. In this way we try to respond to the increasing need to orient pupils towards a technical or artistic direction. We notice that our pupils are really fascinated by working in the FabLab. This gives us an enormous boost. On the basis of this project we will build even more experience with a FabLab that we can integrate in the curriculum and our daily teaching practices. Because we started this school year with the FabLab and got to know the pitfalls and difficulties, we can share this information with our partners. We therefore strongly believe in the principle of teach the teacher. In collaboration with the 'Vrije Universiteit Brussel', we can also provide technical support, the development of step-by-step plans. This will bring our FabLabs to a higher level.