New foundation to manage Canon of Flanders

The Flemish government will create a foundation to manage the Canon of Flanders, an outline of the region's culture and history. The foundation will be responsible for accessible versions, translations, the website, and additional visual and teaching material, Flemish Education minister Ben Weyts (N-VA) said on Friday.

The Canon of Flanders, published in May, describes the "anchor points in the history, culture and sciences" of Flanders. A committee of independent experts worked on it for more than two years and almost 20,000 copies have been sold. 

The government does not want it to be a one-off project and has given the go-ahead for the establishment of an independent Canon of Flanders Foundation. The foundation will create accessible versions for children and those with low literacy levels, translations into other languages, additional visual material such as historical maps, and teaching materials to be used in civic integration classes. 

The foundation will report annually to the Flemish government and parliament. “With this foundation, we are giving a future to the Canon of Flanders,” said Weyts.


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