Public education

The Public Education group is committed to staff in public primary and secondary education. This group considers it important that the identity of public education is safeguarded: in the Netherlands there must be room for schools where all children are welcome - regardless of their beliefs, sexual orientation or origin.

The group wants to strengthen public education and ensure that education contributes to the versatile development of students. By focusing on democratic values, public education contributes to citizenship education. Attention is also paid to the diversity of philosophical and social values ​​in society and what that means.

What does the Public Education group do?

  • Organizes meetings and training on the identity of public education.
  • Promotes and guards the identity of public education in conjunction with public school staff.
  • Responds to developments in national and regional politics in the field of public education.
  • Gives advice to it AObboard.
  • Maintains contacts with other parties involved in public education, such as the Association of Public Education, the VOS / ABB, the Dienstencentrum GVO / HVO and the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG).

Three new board members

In June 2022, three new board members started at the AObgroup of public education. They briefly introduce themselves below:

Maria Glybowskaja, teacher at the municipal gymnasium Hilversum
My name is Maria Glybowskaya. I have enjoyed teaching in Dutch education for twelve years now. I have taught at various schools from vmbo-tl to gymnasium. I am of German-Belarussian descent, but actually I don't think it is that important what nationality or origin someone has. On the one hand, in Dutch education, it amazes me how much we think in boxes and how often we are involved in testing. On the other hand, I really like the progression opportunities in Dutch education. Equality of opportunity is a crucial topic for me.

Sheila Wessels, teacher at various primary schools in the Utrecht region
Who supports the school, the team and especially the teachers? What does one need to make education more effective, more attractive, but above all more of the teacher himself? How can the teacher continue to give substance to the lessons based on passion for the subject? As a result of these questions, I try to delve more and more into this. When the vacancy within the AOb I didn't have to think long to respond. As an Applied Psychologist with Education & Development as a specialization, I am mainly committed to clarifying processes within a school or class and I support the teacher where necessary in particular pedagogical actions within a class. I have been working with great pleasure as a teacher in education for several years now!

Michiel Simons, teacher of classical languages ​​at the Erasmiaans Gymnasium Rotterdam
In recent years, the BOOR foundation (public education Rotterdam) has been thinking about the public identity of the school. A large city with many different cultures raises questions that cannot always be answered in an old way. For example, as a public school, how do you deal with girls who cannot join the group 8 camp for religious reasons? We have formulated new principles for public education through a careful process. I myself was able to make a modest contribution to it and I am proud of this translation. Both process and product seem to me to be of value for other places as well.

Get active!

The group board is looking for interested parties AObmembers from schools for public primary and secondary education, in order to further shape the Public Education group. The chairman is Hans de Vries. Do you want to be active and think along? Then register with Frits Fraanje via ffraanje @aob. Nl.

Want to stay informed about the activities? Register for the newsletter Public Education. You like AObmember can also join this group through the personal environment MyAOb.