Mobile School has been awarded the European Citizen’s Prize 2016 by the European Parliament. The European Parliament honoured 50 people and organisations for their contribution to European cooperation and the promotion of common values. Mobile School, nominated by Ivo Belet (member of the European Parliament), is the only Belgian laureate this year. Thursday (September 8th) Ivo Belet (EVP – CD&V) presents the Prize to the Mobile School team in the buildings of their partner and sponsor DHL Global Forwarding, in attendance of Luc Jacobs (CEO DHL Global Forwarding) and Arnoud Raskin. DHL Global Forwarding hosts the event to celebrate their 40th shipment of mobile schools.
Mobile School is a social enterprise that empowers street-connected children and youngsters worldwide. They build mobile schools and train street educators worldwide to work with these schools. All educational materials and games are designed to strengthen self esteem and identity, to discover talents and to empower. Right now there are 43 mobile schools in 24 countries, spread across 4 continents: Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.
DHL Global Forwarding, host of this event and Mobile School’s partner of years, will ship a mobile school for the 40th time for free. The final destination of this mobile school is Greece.
Mobile School receives the European Citizen’s Prize because of their commitment to street-connected children in Europe. The first cooperation started in 2006 with a European project in Romania. Several other mobile schools followed, in Poland (3), Greece (2), Germany, Albania and Spain. With this new school that will be shipped to Patras in Greece, there will be a total of 10 mobile schools in Europe. The European mobile schools so far realised more than 57.000 contacts with street-connected children. Considering the growing need in Europe, the number of mobile schools will increase in the near future.