Bringing cultural education training to life
The Flemish Department of Education and Training leads education policy in the Flanders region of Belgium, a Dutch-speaking area in the north of the country. The organization’s mission is to provide quality education to all by encouraging dialogue between those who learn and those who teach. The Department manages KlasCement, an online platform of teaching resources, as well as a magazine that covers topics such as life in the classroom, politics, and advice.
Within the Department is the CANON Cultuurcel division that focuses on cultural education within schools. CANON Cultuurcel runs a free annual event called Culture Days, which shows student teachers how to incorporate cultural elements into subjects like math and science. After the success of their first virtual Culture Days event in 2020, the Department was eager to host the 2021 edition on Hopin.
Hopin provides the high engagement and flexibility the Department of Education needs. As a result, they run everything from small interdepartmental meetings to large-scale virtual conferences hosting thousands of attendees.
“When someone [from the Department] comes to us and says, ‘We want to organize an online event,’ we can say, ‘These are the different features in Hopin and you can choose which ones you want.’ We see that in a year with Hopin, there are many different uses." –Katrien Bernaerts, Event Coordinator Knowledge Center Digisprong, Flemish Department of Education and Training