Mr. Arent Maes
1000 Brussel, Belgium
Tel.: (0032) 2 553 42 44
The most important task of the Adult Education and Local Cultural Policy division is to promote a rich and varied range of socio-cultural activities (primarily) for adults. It therefore aims to increase their general development and participation in society as well as giving more people the chance to participate in cultural life through a number of participation policy initiatives.
The Department for Socio-Cultural Work for Young People and Adults consists of a Youth division and an Adult Education and Local Cultural Policy division. Together, their main objective is to promote a rich and differentiated range of socio-cultural activities that are organised on a non-commercial basis, in order to improve general development amongst all members of the public, whether children, young people or adults, and also to increase social and cultural participation.
The Department for Socio-Cultural Work for Young People and Adults officially started its activities on 1st April 2006. The foundation of the
department in 2004 was the result of Better Governmental Policy, which was a large-scale restructuring programme within the Flemish Government. Thirteen policy units were created as a result of this reorganisation with a policy unit being defined as a collection of policy matters that form a recognisable and interdependent whole, both from political and social perspectives. The Department for Socio-Cultural Work for Young people and Adults forms part of the Culture, Youth, Sport and Media policy unit.
A Flemish Ministry was created for each of these policy units, with the Flemish Ministry of Culture, Youth, Sport and Media being comprised of a Department and several Agencies. The Agencies are assigned a clearly defined mandate and have substantial autonomy in carrying it out.