GO! – Het Gemeenschapsonderwus
GO! is responsible for providing community education in Dutch speaking Belgium on behalf of the Flemish community. It is financed by the Flemish government but functions independently of the Femish Minister of Education. GO! is one of the three main educational networks in Flanders. GO! provides education from nursery school, through compulsory school age through to adult education an including schools specialising in creative and performing arts and technical an professional education.
GO! provides curriculum development and teacher training for staff in its 773 schools for 27,000 members of staff serving 200,000 students. GO! has an extensive network of schools for compulsory education and for adult education, in which the results of the project can be disseminated. In secondary education and in adult education most schools also offer VET subjects.
GO! organizes official education in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. GO! Councils main mission is to guarantee free choice of education in Flanders an the Brussels Capital Region. The GO! Council makes the main strategic choices for the future of GO!. It is supported by administrtive and pedagogic services (including an in-service training department), located in Brussels.
The mission of GO! is to provide all children, whatever their background or status might be, with equal opportunities in education, helping them in discovering and developing their unique talents. We want young people to acquire the necessary knowledge in an appealing way but find it equally important that they should grow into outspoken, outgoing, open-minded and critical citizens, able to find their way in today´s complex society.
We believe that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion but must also respect different attitudes in lifes in an open spirit and without condemnation. That is why our schools must by nature be open to the world, they are not islands in their own right because the world today is anything but an island. Our schools must depict the world as it is in all its diversity. That is also why our new baseline is “Samen leren samenleven”, that means “learning all together how to live together” in English.