Orhan Agirdag has won a Dutch Veni Grant for his research project on 'Educational inequality and language'. Pupils whose native language is not Dutch do worse at school than their native Dutch-speaking counterparts. Agirdag is researching why this is the case.
Do all non-Dutch speaking pupils do worse? And is language inequality exacerbated by aspects of the schools and education systems?
These questions are not only relevant from an academic perspective, but also offer practical solutions for parents, teachers and policymakers.
Veni is part of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of the The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Veni is targeted at outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. They are at the start of their scientific career and evaluated as a striking talent for scientific research.