European conference Connecting You(th) postponed to 28 October 2020

The P&V Foundation has postponed its European conference "Connecting You (th)" from 12 May to 28 October 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

During this conference, the P&V Foundation will announce the five laureates of its call for articles, launched as part of its new multi-year project on the education gap in our current societies.

The laureates will be invited to present their work and to debate with field experts, practitioners, fellow researchers and policy makers.

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Connecting you(th). A call for articles on overcoming divisions in society

Educational Gap

The Foundation P&V fights against social exclusion of young people. Today's society appears to be divided in two groups (of young people) living side by side. These groups seem to crystallize around education. People with a low level of education and people with a high level of education do not meet often. They do not live in the same neighbourhoods, they do not attend the same sports clubs, schools or (digital) spaces, nor do they meet at church or in the army.

Years ago, the pillarization (segregation of society) was based on political and religious beliefs, but today, according to some people, it is based on the level of education. Not only do less educated people and highly educated people rarely meet, they also have different concerns. Graduates of higher education (also young people) worry for example about the environment, (higher) education and health care. Less educated people have more concerns regarding crime, immigration and unemployment.

Although the educational gap is not a new phenomenon, some say it has worsened in recent years, and especially affects poorly educated groups who are less able to build up a “good life”. Added to this is the growing awareness of the consequences that this educational gap can have on social cohesion and on the possibility of building a society which is open to everyone.

Call for contribution

Therefore, the Foundation P&V is launching a far-reaching operation: Connected you(th). Overcoming divisions in society. This project aims, in a first stage, to gather the most recent and relevant scientific knowledge on the subject via a call for articles which are able to elucidate in a rigorous, empirical and original way (1) the great divisions in our society, especially around education, the evolution of these divisions, the causes of this evolution, and their consequences; (2) emerging meeting spaces and people who can form a "bridge" between different groups of youngsters; (3) "good practices" that succeed in breaking down the divisions among young people.

The articles will be written in English (mandatory) and will be evaluated in a first round by three experts for each article. The second round of evaluation will be undertaken by a high-level evaluation committee which will select, among the highest ranked articles in the first round, the max. 10 winning articles. These articles will be rewarded with a prize of EUR 2,000 each.

Moreover, the winning articles will be presented during a European conference that will be held in Brussels on 28 October 2020. During this conference, the laureates will be invited to comment on their work and debate with field experts, practitioners, fellow researchers and politicians. The conclusions of this conference will determine the sequel of this multi-annual project.

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Interested?

You will find more information on the subject here.

 

​​​​​​​In Short

The article must:

  • Be submitted before 30 June 2019.
  • Be written in English. 
  • Not exceed the limit of 10 000 words. 
  • Not have been published yet. 
  • Relate to Belgium or be comparable and relate to one or more European countries or OECD countries. 
  • Focus on youngsters (max 30 years old) or be compared to them.

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Timeline

February 2019:              Launch of call for articles

30 June 2019:               Article submission deadline

Nov/Dec 2019:              Announcement of results

28 October 2020:          Conference

 
 

 

European conference - Connecting You(th)

The P&V Foundation has postponed its European conference "Connecting You (th)" from 12 May  to 28 October 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

28 October 2020, Brussels

The P&V Foundation has started its new large multi-year project "Connecting You(th). Overcoming divisions in society" which aims to bridge the gap between people with a high level of education and a low level of education. To gain a deeper insight into this topic, the Foundation launched a call for articles during spring 2019.  The articles had to be able to elucidate (1) the great divisions in our society, especially around education, the evolution of these divisions, the causes of this evolution, and their consequences; and/or (2) emerging meeting spaces and people who can form a "bridge" between different groups of youngsters; and/or (3) "good practices" that succeed in breaking down the divisions among young.

The articles written in English were evaluated by three reviewers, with great expertise in the subject. The jury selected, among the highest ranked articles in the first round, the five winning articles. These articles will be rewarded with a prize of EUR 2,000 each. The reading committee was chaired by dr. Olivier Servais, Professor of sociology at UCLouvain and dr. Jessy Siongers, senior reseacher at UGent and VUB.

The five winners of this call for articles will be announced during a European conference that will be held on 28 October 2020 in Brussels. The laureates will be invited to present their work and to debate with field experts, practitioners, fellow researchers and policy makers.

Furthermore, we have the honour of hosting as keynote speaker Paul Collier, Professor of Economics at Oxford University and laureate of the Citizenship Prize of the Foundation P&V in 2017. Paul Collier will present some conclusions from his latest book "The Future Of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties", in which he tries, among other things, to find solutions to the three major divisions in our current societies: urban versus provincial areas, educated versus non-educated population groups and rich versus poor.

Beate Volker, Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, will be also present and will discuss some results based on her research on social networks, inequality in social capital and social cohesion, with a focus on differences between social groups such as higher and lower educated persons.

Context

The Foundation P&V fights against social exclusion of young people. Today's society appears to be divided in two groups (of young people) living side by side. These groups seem to crystallize around education. People with a low level of education and people with a high level of education do not meet often.

Although the Educational Gap is not a recent discovery, some researchers suggest that this gap has deepened or worsened in recent years, and in particular concerning the less educated who tend to have more difficulties to build a comfortable life for themselves. There is also a growing awareness of the consequences of the education gap on social cohesion and the possibility of building a society with which everyone can identify.

Accordingly, the Foundation P&V has launched a new multi-year Research/Action program, to be implemented from 2019 to 2022 and covering various stages:

1. The grouping of the most relevant scientific knowledge and ideas on the subject.
2. Nourish and deepen the reflection, based on this united expertise, with the aim of identifying and supporting forms of policy and projects that can contribute concretely to solving the identified problems.
3. The promotion of these policies and sharing of the initiatives and projects thus established.

The conclusions of this conference will determine the sequel of this multi-annual project.

Programme

The program is subject to change due to the particular health situation.More information about the programme and registration will follow soon. Stay tuned !

Citizenship Award 2019

On Wednesday 20 November 2019, the P&V Foundation gave out its 15th Citizenship Award to Geert Mak and Virginie Nguyen. The Citizenship Award is an annual award conferred to a person, initiative or organisation, of Belgian or international origin, whose activity has shown exemplary commitment to promoting an open, democratic, tolerant society.

This year, the jury has chosen to reward  two laureates who project in an accessible way, through testimonies and portraits of ordinary people, a broader story and vision of society. And they do it perfectly, each in their own way: one through the image and the other through the words.

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History

Ever since 1930, P&V insurance, cooperative insurer and pioneer of the social economy in Belgium, spends part of its profits to social work.  
In 1997, P&V's social commitment was further strengthened by a series of actions designed to combat the marginalisation of young people.

The Foundation P&V was created in 2000 and now works independently from its patron, the P&V Group. Acknowledged as a foundation for public utility since 2006, it undertakes various projects both in Belgium and at a European level.

1995

The Solidarsong non-profit organisation launched a campaign to raise awareness of the social marginalisation of young people. The proceeds from a concert went to 13 projects across Belgium.

1997

The P&V Fund against the social marginalisation of young people was created under the patronage of the King Baudouin Foundation. Its most notable action is without doubt the Young People's Parliament. The Council of Europe considered this project a model for citizenship.

2000

The P&V Foundation is born. In order to give a European dimension to its actions, the P&V Foundation co-founded the body known as PEFONDES (European Network of the Foundations for Social Economy).

2001

PEFONDES led its first common project, under the name Living together in a plural society.

2004

The second PEFONDES project dealt with the Fight against discrimination of non-native young people on the job market.

2004 – 2007

The P&V Foundation created the Belgian project entitled Live Together: promoting the accessibility of young people's associations. (download pdf Dutch or French)

2006

In Belgium, the P&V Foundation started the project Spot-on!! The Music Project which allows young people's associations to create musical projects.

2007– 2008

Second edition of Spot-On!! The Music Project is created.

2008 – 2009

Alongside PEFONDES, the Foundation P&V took part in the Citizenship – Interculturality - Dialogue project, choosing for Belgium the theme of: French speakers, Dutch speakers: how to communicate with one another?

2009 – 2012

In Belgium, the Foundation is consulting young people about their future as part of the project How do I see my world in 2030?

2012 – 2015

The Foundation launches a major research/action program on early school leaving and youth unemployment.

2016 - 2019

To counter the "political alienation" of youngsters, the new multi-year project of the P&V Foundation wanted to reconcile young people and young adults with social commitment and politics in the broad sense. This by showing that through collective action they can solve personal problems and realise their wishes. Through "My Future, Our Society", our general objective was to make young people and young adults aware that through collective action, and in dialogue with other actors including (local) authorities and public institutions, they can solve personal problems or realise their wishes.

2019 - 2021

In our current society, two separate groups (of youngsters) seem to have formed and seem to live next to each other. These two groups seem to cristallize around education. In order to try to overcome the divisions in our society, the Foundation P&V is launching a far-reaching operation: Connected you(th). Overcoming divisions in society.