Bart August Maria Peeters was born on the 30th of November 1959 and has had a prolific history in acting, producing music and presenting television shows in Belgium.
He actually studied Germanic philology before getting into small television gigs and gathering notoriety in the small country that is Belgium. He would attend drama classes early on in life, where he met Jan Leyers and Hugo Matthyssen, of whom he would later collaborate within both the fields of music (in the form of a band) and the television world, producing children’s entertainment shows. He is famous for one of the best-known kids television shows in Flemish history “Dag Sinterklaas”, in which he visits Saint Nicholas and tells bedtime stories to a couple of young sisters. Everybody born in the 90’s will be inundated with a feeling of nostalgia seeing images of this show in retro titbits on the television.
Children’s TV shows and producing songs for kids would be a gateway to music for the general public later on in Bart’s life, launching several successful albums after doing a successful tour for his first album called “zonder circus” [without tomfoolery].
He would play later at local music festivals like “Dranouter” and “Manu Mundo” but performances like these would never materialize into mainstream success for him. Between 2006 and 2017 Bart would launch more than half a dozen music albums, host a television charity event on the 2004 tsunami disaster, and a partake in music shows popular on Belgian television.
This Article was written by Laurens Wouters, a volunteer working at the University of Madeira while studying the Portuguese language.
Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.
Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.
In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.
Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.
We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.
Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.