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The Archive for Education: a retrospect in numbers


The Archive for Education continues to grow in terms of user numbers, image collections and ready-to-use visual materials tailored to the classroom. The figures for The Archive for Education in 2018 speak volumes: our image library for education now has some 56,000 users. This 20% increase compared to the previous year is largely thanks to our constant efforts in communication and workshops all across Flanders. And the number of image collections – including those created by our education editorial department together with consulting teachers and the users themselves – almost doubled!

We want The Archive for Education to excel in terms of user-friendliness and the provision of high-quality materials. These materials are selected by and for teachers, and tailored to primary or secondary education with learning objectives in mind. Compile your own collections for a lesson, create excerpts, and refine searches by keyword, date or subject – it’s all possible. The Archive for Education now contains audiovisual material from 32 organisations – including VRT, Medialaan, regional broadcasts, city archives and a wide range of cultural organisations.

2018 was also the year for News in the Classroom and KLAAR. With KLAAR, an online programme from VRT NWS, we are bringing complex and current topics to the classroom using clear language together with VRT. These topics have been enriched with a collection of ready-to-use visual and audio materials by our education editorial department. Teachers and pupils from the first and second grade of secondary education enthusiastically started working with KLAAR on The Archive for Education and via Smartschool in January 2018.

Lots of work has also been done for other target groups in 2018. For example, – where you can discover what images and audio you have stored in your personal archive and the best way to preserve them – was launched on UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. Commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the Great War have now come to an end, but that doesn't mean we’ve forgotten our News of the Great War newspaper database. The largest online database of press materials from the First World War was published as linked data in 2018 – making it easier to search and find information. You can read about all the finesses of this new technique here.