Why do schools participate?

The Kids Council brings the outside world into the classroom and carries out different primary objectives in learning areas (especially ‘self-orientation and orientation of the world’) and themes such as citizenship, sustainable development, social and emotional development and science and technology. The Kids Council offers the opportunity to deal with real issues, which can be highly motivating for students. This way, the knowledge they’ve acquired inside and outside of the classroom can be processed and put into practice. Teachers play an active, facilitating role in the learning process of their students and are encouraged to personally learn about the dilemmas, so they can better support their students and research-focused learning. The unique collaboration between children and organizational representatives results in an innovative learning process that we call ‘collaborative learning’: the children and adults enhance their personal development through a shared experience and learning as equal partners.

Parents are very positive about the enthusiasm of their children for the Kids Council. Teachers that actively stimulate this connection between school and home during the project encourage parents to get interested in and involved with their children’s school work. This usually has a positive effect on the children’s learning motivations.

How can schools participate?

We collaborate with many different (primary) schools in the Netherlands, Curaçao and Aruba. We are open to collaboration opportunities with other countries. The Kids Council does not discriminate between background, location or educational system. We find the perfect match between school and organization based on location and preferences.

We are always looking for new schools. Do you want to be part of an increasing group of progressive schools with a Kids Council? Click here to fill out the contact form.

What does participation involve for schools?

For schools, participation is free of charge. It requires the teacher’s involvement and enthusiasm and management support. A Kids Council is linked to one organization for at least one school year. Together they carry out all the steps of the project. At the end of each year, an evaluation takes place. The schools and organizations or institutions are linked in close consultation with the Kids Council team and all parties involved.

All steps of the process – from contents to agreements and data – are determined in consultation. Schools are free to compose the (mixed-grade) class and decide which teacher will form the Kids Council and determine the working methods they will use. Generally speaking, the more the children pay time and attention to solving the dilemma, the more profound the outcomes and the more the children learn to conduct research, make analyses and about citizenship.