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All children receive compulsory education from the age of 5. There are two ways to meet this obligation:

  • enrol at a school (see information below)
  • be declared as homeschooled (for French Community education, this must be done before 5 September 2022).

A "hybrid" system (part school, part homeschooling during school hours) is not allowed. You must choose one of the two options.
For the homeschooling declaration for the French Community: http://www.enseignement.be/index.php?page=28188&navi=4580#inscription  
Please note that one year of homeschooling is not certified
For all questions about homeschooling:
Contact the Homeschooling Department 
TEL: +32 (0)2 690 86 90 (Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4pm)
EMAIL: edep@cfwb.be
For any questions about enrolment (enrolment refusal, help finding a school, etc.): Contact the Enrolment Assistance Service 
TEL: +32 (0)2 690 86 90 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4pm)
EMAIL: exclusion-inscription@cfwb.be
2. Education in the Flemish Community: 

All Ukrainian children and youth who are homeschooled may submit a homeschooling declaration at any time. They are not bound by any deadlines to start homeschooling.

Further information on: https://onderwijs.vlaanderen.be/nl/oekrainecrisis-maatregelen-voor-scholen 

Contact LOP: Start (lopbrussel.be)
For the primary education (5-12 years) : LOP Brussel Basisonderwijs
E-mail: lop.brussel@vlaanderen.be
Tel: 02 553 30 20 (from 9am to 12pm)
For the secondary education (12-18 years) :
' LOP Brussel Secundair Onderwijs
E-mail: lopbrussel.secundair@vlaanderen.be
Tel: 02 553 05 82

The Brussels-Capital Region offers a wide choice of pre-schools (2.5 to 6 years old), primary schools (6 to 12 years old) and secondary schools (12 to 18 years old). Education is organised by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and by the Flemish Community in the Brussels-Capital Region.

In schools in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, lessons are held in French. The Wallonia-Brussels Federation runs a Reception and Schooling Scheme for Newly Arrived Pupils (DASPA). DASPA classes are designed to receive refugee children and young people with appropriate support. A list of schools offering DASPA classes is available on the enseignement.be website:

› http://www.enseignement.be

DASPA classes are being created and the list will be updated as this happens.

Children and young people can also be received in a “standard” class, in agreement with the school.
The Wallonia-Brussels Federation has websites to help find a school: In pre-school and primary education, it is possible to search for a school where places are available via the following link:

› http://www.placesecolesmaternellesetprimaires.cfwb.be/

The list of all the nursery and primary schools of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation in the Brussels-Capital Region is also available on the enseignement.be website:
ordinary nursery and ordinary primary schools
specialised nursery and specialised primary *

*More information on the types and forms of specialised education in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation can be found at the following link: http://www.enseignement.be/index.php?page=25191&navi=404 

In secondary education, a list of schools is available on the enseignement.be website :

› standard secondary education
› specialist secondary education

The enrolment assistance service of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation can be contacted for help in searching for a school: this service can be contacted by phone from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 02/690 87 70. It is also possible to send an e-mail to the following address: exclusion-inscription@cfwb.be

In schools in the Flemish Community, classes are held in Dutch. Every child is entitled to education. For children aged 2½ to 5, education is not mandatory, but strongly recommended. From 5 to 18 years of age, every child is subject to mandatory schooling: from the 60th day following registration as a resident of a Belgian municipality. Ukrainian refugees can be registered just like other non-Dutch-speaking residents.

Further information on Onthaalonderwijs voor anderstalige nieuwkomers (OKAN) en Oekraïnecrisis | Vlaams Ministerie van Onderwijs en Vorming (vlaanderen.be)

  • Specific to Brussels : Both in primary and secondary education, new arrivals who speak a foreign language can be received in reception classes.

  • In primary education, every school (to view all primary schools in Brussels: https://www.onderwijsinbrussel.be/scholenzoeker can request additional hours for an OKAN offering when a certain number of non-native new arrivals have enrolled in the school. The school decides how to organise the OKAN offering (in a separate class, additional support in the normal class or a mixed class).

› Sint-Pieterscollege (basisschool): organises an ongoing lesson for OKAN pupils (Laken)
› Steinerschool Brussel (basisschool): organises an OKAN class (Anderlecht)

  • In secondary education, some schools are designated as “OKAN schools”. New arrivals who speak another language and choose to attend one of these schools follow a full-time Dutch language course. They then move into standard education. After the reception year, a coach will continue to support, guide and monitor pupils. The coach can also provide guidance to the school’s teachers. OKAN schools: :

› Sint-Guido Instituut (Anderlecht)
› Instituut Anneessens-Funck (Brussel)
› GO! Meertalig Atheneum Woluwe (Sint-Pieters-Woluwe)

  • In part-time secondary education (learning and working), there is also reception education for new arrivals who speak a foreign language. The aim is to improve the transition to employment. This educational offering focuses on language skills, integration and self-sufficiency.

› CLW Don Bosco (Sint-Pieters-Woluwe)

People who do not find a place in a primary or secondary school should contact the Brussels Local Consultation Platform: lopbrussel.be

› LOP Brussel Basisonderwijs
E-mail: lop.brussel@vlaanderen.be
Telefoon: 02 553 30 20, bereikbaar op werkdagen tussen 9 en 12 uur

› LOP Brussel Secundair Onderwijs
E-mail: lopbrussel.secundair@vlaanderen.be
Telefoon: 02 553 05 82

  • For higher education (non-mandatory education for those aged over 18), we invite you to contact:

› Ciré (Coordination and initiatives for refugees and foreigners)
› Wallonie-Bruxelles Campus : https://www.studyinbelgium.be/en
› Study in Flanders : https://www.studyinflanders.be/

Holders of a Ukrainian degree who wish to continue their studies in an educational institution in Flanders have to contact the educational institution where they wish to study directly. Holders of a Ukrainian degree have to apply for recognition of their degree to NARIC-Flandres NARIC-Flandres.
Brik (service desk for students, Flemish institutions) : https://brik.be/en/

An overview of all higher education institutions can be consulted at the following address: Studying in Brussels - Brik.

In addition, an initiative to create a Ukrainian school in Brussels is underway. For further information: school.ukraine@gmail.com or 0032/472 68 31 20