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The educational divide in the Netherlands is widening. Last year, almost a third of Dutch high-school students received tutoring, homework guidance or exam training, costing their parents an estimated total of 200 million euros, often at more than 20 euros per hour. Hence, the chance that a student receives such extra guidance increases with the income-level of the parents. This ‘shadow-education’ is one of the reasons behind the increased disparity in opportunities in the educational system, according to recent research.

Event details of The Educational Divide
Date 22 May 2018
Time 18:00 -19:00
Geert ten Dam

Why the educational divide?

The CPI projects Right2Education and Z-aucoaching strive to put the issue of educational inequality and the ‘shadow-education system’ on the Amsterdam political agenda such that more structural action may be taken. It is unacceptable that the financial position of parents still determines students’ educational results in Amsterdam and urgent action needs to be taken in order to make sure that every child has an equal chance at success.

Therefore, the community projects Right2Education and Z-aucoaching are organising this ‘Who’s in Town’ event to raise awareness of this issue in the AUC-community.

Prof. Dr. Geert ten Dam, President of the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam, will discuss the topic. Representatives of Right2Education and Z-aucoaching will then provide insight into how their community projects aim to counter this educational divide in Amsterdam. Ishvar Lalbahadoersing, president of the AUCSA, will introduce prof. Dr. Ten Dam and will moderate the discussion.


This lecture will focus on how social inequality (whether measured in terms of income inequality or otherwise) leads to unequal educational outcomes in a specific national and local context. The question will then be raised as to what a sensible and, in particular, future-ready education policy at the government- and school-levels consists of?


Prof. Dr. Geert ten Dam is President of the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam. She is also a full professor of Education at the UvA (since 1999) and project leader of the Dutch participation in the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study 2016. In addition, she is an independent, Crown-appointed member of the Dutch Social Economic Council (SER). Ten Dam was president of the Education Council of the Netherlands from 2011-2014. Before that she served as Rector of the university teacher training programmes and Chair of the Department of Child Development, Education and Teacher Training.

Location: Common Room
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098XG Amsterdam
Convenors: Right2Education and Z-aucoaching