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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.



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.



February 2019:              Launch of call for articles

30 June 2019:               Article submission deadline

Nov/Dec 2019:              Announcement of results

28 October 2020:          Conference