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Welcome on Statbel Junior

Statbel Junior is a tool designed by Statbel Belgium to provide you teachers with additional teaching material to help build the lessons.

One of Statbel's objectives is to increase the statistical literacy of its users. To this end, it is important that children and their teachers become familiar with the figures and concepts of public statistics published by Statbel. More than just publishing figures tailored to children, Statbel also wants to look for the best combination possible with pedagogical elements, so that this project really contributes to the knowledge and understanding of children and their teachers of statistical concepts.

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Who is this tool for?

This tool has been developed for children between 8 and 12 years old. Children in the 4th, 5th and 6th year of primary school should be able to work with the tool without any problem, both in terms of content and how the site works. On the other hand, teachers can also use the statistical information that they can request through this tool to give their own lessons. However, this tool does not reflect any lesson plan or ready-for-use lessons for teachers.
The site fulfills the minimum accessibility requirements and can also be accessed via mobile devices.

How was this tool developed?

Statbel has collected a lot of interesting statistical material about municipalities. It also seemed interesting to share this information with children. A consultation of primary school teachers revealed that they wanted to use this material and found it interesting. Teachers can use this information when they give a lesson about the municipality for example in the lesson World studies.

Naturally, not all figures are equally relevant for children, and so a great deal of reflection was devoted to which figures to group and how. This way, various topics have emerged. The following topics have been elaborated on the current site:

  1. Population (01/01/2023)
  2. Evolution of the population (2022)
  3. Nationalities (01/01/2023)
  4. Dwellings and buildings (01/01/2022)
  5. Traffic casualties (2022)

Within each topic, the information is also divided into subsections. These topics try to reflect the widest possible range of terms and statistical information, while at the same time being closely related to the child's living environment.

We have entered the classroom with these elaborated topics. Before the site was definitively developed, we have checked whether children could use the tool. In total, two tests have been organised with children. The first to test the original concept and the second to test the adapted version. The first test has clearly shown that children liked to be active and that the information should be provided in smaller pieces. Consequently, more quizzes and more subsections have been added. The second test has confirmed that the result was good.

Secondly, we have consulted the teachers to hear what they thought of the tool, in order to take their comments into account.

How to use this tool?

The tool is designed to be used in a class. The goal is not to let children work on it on their own, without an adult around who can give explanations if necessary. However, it can be used for children to learn the subjects by themselves, as far as they have the opportunity to ask for additional explanations. The texts have been drafted in such a way that the basic concepts are explained and placed in context. However, we assumed that concepts that should normally be known do not get additional explanations.

Structure of the topics

At the beginning of each theme, there is an introduction page where the data of the child are requested. Based on these data, the charts in the section are further generated. The data requested can be:

  • The municipality

There is an alphabetical list from which you can choose in two different ways. You can either scroll down the list and choose the municipality or you can start typing the name of the municipality. The more letters you type, the fewer municipalities match and you can easily choose the correct municipality.

Important: you can only search the main municipalities, and not the sub-municipalities. For example, you will not find Adinkerke in the list, but you will find De Panne.

  • The age

There is a limited number of ages to choose from, namely the age of the children for whom this site is intended. By scrolling down the short list, you can click on the correct age.

Only the data relevant for the topic are requested. When the age has no impact on the figures, it will not be requested.

Below each introduction page are buttons with the topics to choose from. When a topic is shown there, it means that no prior knowledge is needed for this topic. The pupil can directly start working. When a particular topic requires prior knowledge, it is not shown on the introduction page, but will appear once the topic is being explored.

Order of themes and subjects

There is no particular order in which the topics and subjects must be explored. However, we recommend for each theme an indicative order. So, in case of several topics, the most appropriate topic to start with will stand at the top of the list. This topic is proposed only because it is more logical in the structure. There will be no problem if you start with another topic.

The order of the five themes is also arbitrary.

What is covered per topic?

  1. Population
    • How old are people in your municipatlity
    • The median age
    • The population chart
  2. Evolution of the population
    • Population growth or decline
    • natural balance
  3. Nationalities
    • Number of people with another nationality
    • Which country do people with another nationality come from?
  4. Dwellings and buildings
    • Number of dwellings
    • Types of dwellings
    • Evolution of the types of buildings
  5. Traffic casualties*
    • Casualties
    • Compare with
    • Which municipality is the safest

*Note: in the absence of road traffic casualties in these municipalities in 2017, this theme does not contain any data for the municipalities Messines and Herstappe.

Print the content of the site

The site has been designed in such a way that if you wish to print web pages, the space on the pages is used as optimally as possible. You can also directly print the whole topic by clicking on "print" in the first step of a topic. It is not necessary to print every screen separately.

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