Belgium

What about students with special needs?

We are more than happy to work with education specialists to adapt the contest to the special needs of students. In fact, The Big Challenge is often an opportunity for these students to show new facets of their talents. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Who pays the registration fees?

The registration fees are paid by students’ parents or by the school, or sometimes both. Some municipalities help cover the cost as well.

How are the registration fees used?

The Big Challenge receives no financial aid of any kind and is funded exclusively by fees paid by participating students, that is 4€ per student, or 3.33€ once the VAT has been paid. These fees cover the printing and shipping of the registration kits and posters as well as development costs, maintenance and updates of…

Why can’t I register bilingual students and English speakers?

We try to be very strict about applying the rule that states “The Big Challenge is intended for students in Belgian schools between the ages of 11 and 16 who are learning English. The contest is not open to native English speakers. It is reserved for students whose knowledge of English has been acquired essentially…

Should I register only my best students?

Our goal at The Big Challenge is to motivate all of your students to learn English. Registering only your best students to show off their talents misses the point. Registering everyone, whatever their level, might just create the momentum that will push some of them to make that extra effort and discover that English isn’t…

Why must schools register a minimum of 35 students?

In the organisation of the contest, there are costs that are proportional to the number of students registered in a school but there are also considerable overhead costs like printing and shipping, data management, maintenance and updates of the technical infrastructure required for the online contest, server rental, parcel preparation… which remain the same despite…