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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 Utrecht, 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.

Marco Oberti, professor of sociology at Sciences Po Paris confirmed his participation. In his most recent works, he studies social classes, urban and educational inequalities and segregation


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.


The program is subject to changes due to the particular health situation. We invite you to pre-register in order to be sure that you can attend. More information about the final programme will follow soon. Stay tuned !

The P&V Group donates 1 million euros to reduce the educational gap of young people accentuated by the Coronavirus health crisis. 

The P&V Foundation is responsible for launching two calls for projects in order to provide computers and support for strengthening the skills of socially vulnerable young people.


The Coronavirus health crisis has a significant impact on the daily lives of all of us, but children and young people in vulnerable contexts are disproportionately affected. Not all students benefit from the same home learning conditions. Vulnerable young people are now overwhelmed by stress related to online homework, tiny living conditions, a lack of educational materials, etc. Almost 12% of young Belgian people under the age of 15 have no suitable place for studying at home. One in 20 families with children does not have a computer; in single-parent families this figure rises to 14%. Many families share a computer. In higher education, more than one in five students dropped out during the confinement. This emergency context creates a growing educational gap which will have long-lasting costs and consequences.

The budget of 1 million euros is distributed as follows:
Phase 1
The first part of 700,000 euros is dedicated to the call for projects (Linking Youth Up) launched on June 2 in close collaboration with the P&V Foundation and the King Baudouin Foundation, the objective of which is to support organizations working with vulnerable young people (12 to 25 years old) by providing them with new computer equipment and digital skills.
Phase 2
As a follow-up to this call, a budget of 300,000 euros is intended to strengthen the good practices of organizations in terms of school and extra-curricular support, as well as support for young people who are vulnerable in the transition from school to the job market.

Corporate Social Responsibility commitment of the P&V Group

This action is in line with the CSR commitment of the P&V group. Hilde Vernaillen, CEO of the P&V Group:Since the start of the crisis, the group has taken initiatives for the benefit of its employees and its clients. In addition, the P&V group has been committed throughout its history to helping to meet social challenges. The initiative launched today is part of it and constitutes our response to an important social emergency. "


Projectoproep Linking You(th) Up

Waarover gaat het?

De Coronacrisis heeft een grote invloed op ons dagelijks leven, maar de huidige situatie en maatregelen hebben een nog veel grotere impact op kwetsbare kinderen en jongeren. Nog meer dan voor de crisis, dreigt het feit van niet over een computer te  beschikken de kloof tussen kwetsbare jongeren en de anderen te vergroten: schooluitval, problemen om opleidingen te volgen, of moeilijkheden bij het zoeken naar werk. 
De projectoproep Linking Youth Up wil aan maatschappelijk kwetsbare jongeren tussen 12 en 25 jaar nieuwe laptops aanbieden, om hen in staat te stellen digitale competenties te verwerven, teneinde hun scholing, opleiding of zoektocht naar werk te kunnen blijven voortzetten. 

Bovendien zal ook financiële steun worden verleend aan organisaties die jongeren ondersteunen bij het verwerven en versterken van hun digitale vaardigheden.

Voor welke projecten ?

Projecten van organisaties die in België maatschappelijk kwetsbare jongeren tussen 12 en 25 jaar begeleiden.

De projecten combineren het geven van laptops met een individuele begeleiding:

  • Gift van materiaal: de organisatie verdeelt tussen 10 en 40 nieuwe laptops en de jongeren worden er eigenaar van.
  • Individuele begeleiding: de organisatie biedt de jongeren een individuele begeleiding tot 8.000 euro aan die vertrekt van de vragen en de concrete noden van de doelgroep. Deze digitale vaardigheden zijn ten bate van het voortzetten van hun scholing, opleiding en zoektocht naar werk. 

Voor wie ?

  • Een kandidaatsdossier mag worden ingediend door elke vzw of vereniging met sociaal doel, die gevestigd is in België.
  • De OCMW's, overheidsdiensten en scholen komen niet in aanmerking voor deze oproep, maar partnerschappen met deze actoren        worden wel aangemoedigd.
  • Commerciële projecten worden niet aanvaard.

Wat zijn de selectiecriteria ? 

  • Publiek: de organisatie begeleidt in België kwetsbare jongeren tussen 12 en 25 jaar: die ofwel leven in een situatie van (dreigende) armoede, ofwel een moeilijk school- of gezinsparcours hebben (bv. jongeren uit de bijzondere jeugdzorg, met een geringe taalbeheersing), ofwel NEET-jongeren zijn (die geen werk hebben, geen opleiding volgen en niet meer naar school gaan).
  • Noden: de organisatie moet de nood aan computers kunnen aantonen bij hun doelpubliek en legt duidelijk uit op basis van welke criteria het materiaal zal worden verdeeld onder de jongeren zonder computer. 
  • Begeleiding: de organisatie moet kunnen aantonen dat ze een individuele ondersteuning kan aanbieden teneinde deze doelgroep te helpen om digitale vaardigheden te verwerven en te versterken. 
  • Kwetsbaarheid: bijzondere aandacht wordt geschonken aan de begeleiding van risico's en kwetsbaarheden die gerelateerd zijn aan het gebruik van de computer (bv. ouderlijk toezicht, online games, oplichting of phishing,…). Dat gebeurt in dialoog met de ouders of de volwassenen die verantwoordelijk zijn voor de jongeren.
  • Looptijd: de projecten moeten starten in september 2020. De steun focust voornamelijk op het 1ste jaar, dit wil zeggen tot september 2021. In de mate van het mogelijke worden projecten die voorzien in opvolging of contact in het 2de jaar echter wel aangemoedigd. Bijzondere aandacht wordt besteed aan het onderhouden van het materiaal teneinde het lang te kunnen gebruiken.


  • Lancering van de oproep op 2 juni 2020
  • Indienen van het kandidaatsdossier vóór 2 juli 2020
  • Aankondiging van de selectieresultaten: eind augustus - begin september 2020

Kandidaatsdossier en meer informatie

Voor meer inlichtingen, de gedetailleerde beschrijving van de projectoproep en voor het online kandidaatsdossier, surfen naar, bellen naar 02-500 45 55 of e-mailen naar 
Voor meer specifieke vragen, kan u contact opnemen met Dany Doublet, per telefoon (02-549 02 57) of per e-mail (

The P&V Group donates 1 million euros to reduce the educational gap of young people accentuated by the Coronavirus health crisis.

The P&V Foundation is responsible for launching two calls for projects in order to provide computers and support for strengthening the skills of socially vulnerable young people.

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