Ontwikkelingsgericht Onderwijs (OGO) entered into Dutch primary education in 1990. OGO was developed by a group of Dutch and Flemish educators (Frea Janssen-Vos, Bea Pompert, Niko Fijma, Jacques Carpay, Carel van Parreren, Bert van Oers en Henk Vink), and was inspired by the ideas of the Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934) in regard to the development of children. According to Vygotsky, education serves the purpose of contributing to the broader, cultural development of children. Vygotsky thinks this is only possible “when learning is meaningful both from a societal (‘how can I apply this knowledge in society?’) and a personal (‘does this knowledge match with my own interests?’) point of view (Didactief, 2013). Initially, OGO was implemented mainly in the first 5 years of primary education. In the last decade, many OGO schools have also introduced this concept in the teaching of older children (ranging from 10 to 12 years old).

Are you curious how this educational concept is applied in daily practice in Dutch primary schools and whether it would be suited to your own child? What are the differences between OGO-schools and Dutch traditional primary schools? You can read more about this in de Keuzegids Basisonderwijs, which you can download for free on this website.