Recommendation on multilingualism as a reality at school (10/27/2016)

The Vlor pleads for a place for home languages at school. This is not a barrier for learning the Dutch language.

Language is inextricably linked to identity. If children and young people feel appreciated as an individual at school, they are more involved and they will learn better. This advocates education that approaches home languages positively, and that values all pupils' talents to strengthen the learning process.

The government can primarily contribute here by actively stimulating policy discourse and challenging schools into a policy that accommodates the spoken diversity. The Vlor asks that the Education Quality Reference Framework includes clear quality criteria that aim to respond positively to the present multilingual diversity.

A positive commitment to the language of education and a positive attitude towards multilingualism should be combined.