Drootbeek School Contract (2021-2025)

The Drootbeek School Contract (a reference to the valley of the same name) concerns 4 schools in the same block in Laeken: the 3 primary schools Sainte-Ursule, Sint-Ursula and De Zenne and the secondary school 'Collège de la Fraternité'. Together they have more than 1,500 pupils.

The diagnosis revealed a number of priorities:

  • Giving the neighbourhood a human touch and making the area around the school quieter so that young people can move around safely
  • Renovating certain parts of the squares and green spaces, for the benefit of the schools and the neighbourhood
  • Exploring synergies with neighbourhood associations and letting them make more use of school facilities

The projects within this School Contract are:

  • The complete reconstruction of the Rue de Molenbeek and transforming it into a quieter, greener, more playful and user-friendly street that promotes active modes of transport such as walking and cycling
  • The development of sustainable mobility activities for all pupils at the school, such as learning to cycle
  • The creation of a 'water square' as a new permeable playground
  • The complete renovation of the greenhouses to develop urban agriculture projects, open to pupils and local residents

More info:

External site Drootbeek School Contract (in French and Dutch, Perspective.brussels)

During the study and diagnosis phase, the school and its neighbourhood are analysed:

  • The relationship between the school and its neighbourhood is analysed, but also the communal space available, the possibilities for school infrastructure to be used by local residents, the state of street furniture and urban infrastructure,...
  • The school (teachers, pupils, parents) and the neighbourhood (local residents, municipality, associations, traders,...) are involved in the thought process

A participatory process is being held at the beginning of the study and diagnostic phase. This aims to define the needs and expectations of the different target groups of the school contract: students, teachers, organising authorities, residents and associations, shopkeepers and economic actors... The participatory approach makes it possible to organise the programming through a 'bottom-up dynamic' and pursues a co-production by the different actors.

External site Diagnosis of the Drootbeek School Contract (in French and Dutch, Perspective.brussels)

At the end of the diagnosis phase, an improvement programme and an investment and action plan are drawn up.

External site Programme of the Drootbeek School Contract (in French and Dutch, Perspective.brussels)

The calls for socio-economic projects aim to develop the socio-economic part of the Drootbeek School Contract programme. Projects will be selected to receive financial support throughout the operational phase (2022-2025).

Project call 'promotion modal shift'

A first call 'promotion modal shift' focuses on making active mobility attractive for all ages.

The focus is on awareness activities, carried out by associations in the field. Workshops, activities and school trips can be organised.

Infrastructure options and facilities to promote cycling will be explored. For example: a fleet of bicycles available to the schools and the neighbourhood, a shared covered bicycle shed, a room in the school set up as a bicycle repair workshop, a shared cargo bike and/or tandem,...

The project will run until 31 December 2025 to build a solid project. It is supported by local actors and leads to awareness and real changes in active mobility.


The project call will run from 23 November to 14 December 2022 (applications must be submitted by noon).


The total budget that can be allocated for this call is 100,000 euros.

For whom?

The call is addressed to not-for-profit associations, social purpose associations and public benefit foundations, public law institutions, authorities of educational institutions and municipalities, in accordance with Article 9 of the Ordinance on the School Contract of 16 May 2019.

Regulations and annexes

The regulation and annexes are only available in Dutch and French.

Flyer - Project call 'promotion modal shift' of the Drootbeek School Contract

The Drootbeek School Contract enjoys a regional grant of 2,300,000.00 euros.

The study and diagnosis phase of the Drootbeek School Contract took place in 2021.

The operational phase of the Drootbeek School Contract spreads over 4 years, from 2022 to 2025.

All documents of the Drootbeek School Contract can be consulted on the Perspective.brussels website:

External site Drootbeek School Contract (in French and Dutch)