Education in Belgium vs. Education in Flanders?

Flanders is the northern part (figure: the green part) of Belgium. It has a population of slightly over six million and the official language is Dutch. Belgium comprises three communities: the Dutch-speaking Flemish Community, the French-speaking Community and the German-speaking Community.


In Belgium, powers for education lie with the communities: the Flemish Community is competent for education in Flanders. So the educational system in the Flemish community differs from that in the French and the German-speaking communities.


In the reports from the OECD, usually the performance of the students in Belgium is displayed. These figures are the overall results for the Flemish, French and German-speaking community around. The Department of Educational Sciences of the Ghent University also examines the specific results for Flanders, which are represented on this website.