BROEDERKLASSEN

The concept of Broederklassen ('Brotherly Classes') is the result of a thorough research on segregation in elementary education.

In particularly the larger cities in The Netherlands there is a clear pattern of segregation in elementary education. For many years already it is tried to solve the undesired division between so-called ‘white schools’ and ‘black schools'.

 

The key solution to this from a government's point of view, as well as cooperating organizations, is the so-called 'grey school'.

In reality however these schools do not form that easily. Even when forced (school district zoning, application deadline, etc.) ‘grey schools’ do not generally survive for a long time

 

When we go back to the essence of the problem that needs to be solved, (lack of desired intercultural contact between children in the age of six to twelve) what would be a more viable solution instead of 'grey schools'?

Elaborated research on the wants and needs of every party involved (government, parents of both 'sides', educational specialists, teachers, pupils) shows that: The need for intercultural contact is present, however there is a strong opposition to the restructuring of the school system and the limitation of (personal) choice in schools. Quality of education is always the deciding factor for parents. Research shows that children from different backgrounds prosper from different types of education. Therefore it is desired to choose a school accordingly. 

Broederklassen is a system that does not dictate the composition of the population of a school. In stead, schools with a different population are connected. All grades are connected and have contact on a regular basis. The activities they partake in are fit for the phase of the pupils' social development and the main focus of the elementary education per year.