quality education for every child. Education should
be tailored, based on learning pace, level of curiosity and interest of children. Open Schooling is working together to achieve a common goal, combining
the strengths and experience of partners
and co-creating together.
inclusion, diversity and equity in education.
We work to open up education, breaking silos, bridging schools, universities and our local communities and by this, promoting equality.
Inclusion and diversity-based
science education programmes
OSHub-NL increases educational opportunities for all students, by fostering collaboration between schools and universities, thus opening up schools to new community members while promoting educational careers for university students.
Students from primary to secondary school, students from University students, teachers, school directors, school boards, parents.
Universities are hubs for knowledge, connection and creativity. Through a community of teachers, students and scientists, all closely connected with stakeholders - from alumni to other universities, society and businesses - regionally, nationally and internationally, universities seek to unveil the frontiers of knowledge and, ultimately, contribute to community development, both through knowledge creation, but also, by equipping students with the skills and networks to become the professionals and citizens of tomorrow.
As such, university students are well-positioned and have the skill set to help universities opening-up and to create, strengthen and sustain meaningful and functional connections with society. On one hand, university students have the academic knowledge and a critical and inquisitive mindset, are able to take on leading positions, are entrepreneurial and can work in partnership with colleagues from different disciplines and backgrounds. And on the other hand, as citizens, they experience and engage with today's societal challenges and feel the motivation and responsibility to use their skills to find solutions.
Hence, the mission of OSHub-NL | Het Open Leerplein is to work together with the academic community to provide meaningful educational, social and professional experiences to university students, that simultaneously allow them to contribute to society's educational challenges while opening-up their horizons regarding their future careers.
For that, OSHub-NL plays a leading role in incubating and accelerating projects aimed at this goal, which includes the following steps, that we describe in more detail below:
1) Identifying the challenge;
2) Gathering partners and co-creating the project;
3) Piloting and implementing;
5) Creating conditions for sustainability
The program Studenten voor Educatie, locally developed in collaboration with the Municipality of The Hague, Stichting Brede Buurtschool and the School Boards in the Hague, aims to support primary schools overcoming their specific needs and challenges, while reducing teacher workload and increasing the educational opportunities for students. For that, we developed a professional program for university students parallel to their studies (complemented by training and mentoring support), where university students are matched to primary schools based on their assets and on the school's needs. Like this, we expect students to gain relevant and meaningful societal and professional experiences by contributing to our society's educational challenges.
On top of this, we set up a research programme to assess the effects of the project in collaboration with the Haagse Hogeschool, research group Inclusive Education within the Centre of Expertise Global and Inclusive Learning.