Towards a new Social Contract
The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health problem. It is also a large social crisis. Therefore, in September 2020 sixteen professors and emeriti of the Flemish universities launched a large solidarity drive. 1000×1000 was an ambitious fundraising for projects investing in the educational opportunities of children and young people from deprived social groups in society. In addition to commitment and solidarity 1000×1000 made an urgent call to policy-makers. More than thousand academics signed our call for a new Social Contract and for structural answers to the intractable poverty problems between 9 September 2020 and 5 February 2021.
On 3 February 2021 1000×1000 organised a concluding event. Distinguished scientists, specialists from the research field and the minister of Public Health and Social Affairs entered in discussion online about the future architecture of our welfare state.
With our campaign we have reached 1335 colleagues and we have collected more than 710.000 euros each. 1000×1000 thank you. The King Baudoin Foundation distributes this collected money among these 3 projects:
In Flanders, 1 in 7 children is born into an underprivileged family: about 130,000 children therefore have fewer opportunities from the very beginning. The "Kinderarmoedefonds" supports innovative and long-term projects that combat the exclusion of disadvantaged young people and their families.Read more
Boost wants to give young talents from vulnerable socio-economic environments every opportunity to build a future that matches their motivation and potential. The aim is to maximize their chances of success in higher education and in the labor market. The talent development program runs from the fourth year of secondary school to completion of studies and includes individual coaching, group workshops and material and financial support.Read more
"The Kleine Kinderen, Grote Kansen" project offers inspiration and support to deal with child and disadvantaged poverty in teacher training. The platform establishes intense collaborations with all teacher training courses in nursery and primary school, via Learning Networks, so that future teachers learn to deal with poverty and exclusion more specifically.Read more