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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Social Innovation

Lead partner

City of Mechelen

Start Date


End Date


Project budget

4 976 262

ERDF amount

2 985 757

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    VRAC aims to reduce the risk of school delay and early school leaving for vulnerable children. As they cannot identify with the formal middle class education culture, vulnerable children and families lack a ‘sense of belonging’ in the education system. Parental involvement is low and education professionals do not have the skills nor tools to tackle these problems. If any, they perform stand-alone interventions aimed at particular aspects of children's lives.

    Schools are traditionally perceived by society as the predominant actor in succesful school attainment. This results in a lack of institutional support for cross-sectoral cooperation. Previous efforts to cooperate include relocating leisure activities within a school environment and hosting separate projects by third sector organizations. But these initiatives are not interconnected, lack a pipeline approach and do not seem to have any durable effects. VRAC will develop a crosssectoral service that strengthens school attainment.

    Main Achievements

    "It takes a village to raise a child" (VRAC) aims to reduce the risk of school delay and early school leaving for vulnerable children and youngsters. We strenghten the sense of belonging and wellbeing of children and families, we build an integrated service for strong learning environments, and we increase family involvement in children's education.

    In the first year of our project we focussed on developing a shared view on our theoretical underpinnings, the set-up of local networks and the involvement and consultation of stakeholders, young people and parents, and a shared agreement on registrating and evaluating our activities. Cross-border cooperation was stimulated with the implementation of a Cloud solution, frequent videocalls, the jointly visits to Children's zones, workshops and of course the partner meetings. 

    During the partner meetings, we discuss the progression of the project, the deliverables, but also new ideas to implement the pilots. In 6 different locations, our objectives will be tested and implemented. Initial initiatives for the upscaling of the project were taken.



    Karel de Grote Hogeschool

    East Sussex Community Voice


    Wattrelos Association of Community Centres

    Samenlevingsopbouw vzw

    MAP (Mancroft Advice Project)

    Gemeente Leiden