What is the Statistics Competition?

The European Statistics Competition

Are you a teacher in the second or third degree of secondary education in Belgium? Register your students in the European Statistics Competition!

What is the European Statistics Competition?

The European Statistics Competition is an initiative of Eurostat, the European statistical office. It will be organised in the school year 2021-2022 in more than 16 European countries. Belgium will participate again. Statistiek Vlaanderen (Flanders), Iweps (Wallonia) and Statbel (the Belgian statistical office) join forces and organise together the Competition in Belgium.

The entire competition takes place online and consists of two rounds: a national round and a European round. The Belgian round consists of two tests. First, we dish up the students a knowledge and analysis test, for which they are given several weeks. Those who succeed can then hone their creative and communicative skills in the video round. The winning teams will compete with their video in the European round. A more detailed timing and course are described in the section ‘what can you expect.

Who can participate?

The European Statistics Competition is open to all students in the second and third degrees of secondary education. You participate in teams of 1 to 3 students, with a supervising teacher. You participate in the language of the region where your school is located. Schools in the Brussels-Capital Region can choose to register in French or in Dutch. The subject that you teach does not matter: whether it is maths, geography or economy, or a broader subject, everything is possible.

Why a Statistics Competition?

The numeracy of young people and adults is an important point of interest for statistical offices worldwide. Eurostat, as European statistical office, also wants to contribute. This is why it launched in 2017-2018 the first “European Statistics Competition”.

In the school year 2020-2021, more than 11,500 students from 16 European countries have participated.

The European Statistics Competition in Belgium is a collaboration between Statbel, Statistiek Vlaanderen, IWEPS, INE Spain and Eurostat and is supported by the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation and the Department of Education of the Flemish Community, by the ministry of the German-speaking Community by the Department of Education of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the Vlaamse Vereniging voor WiskundeLeraars and by the Royal Statistical Society of Belgium.