In December 1992, at the request of Princess Paola, a foundation was set up with the aim of gathering funds intended to provide effective support for organisations in Belgium which help young people facing problems with re-integration into society.
Besides the assistance to many associations in this field, in every part of the country, the foundation has developed significant activities in the field of education.
For the first time in 1997, the Queen Paola prize for primary education was awarded to teachers who succeeded in adding value to their profession.
In 1998, this same prize was also awarded to secondary school teachers. Since then, the prize has been awarded annually, alternately to primary and secondary education.
Created in 2005, a special prize to promote scientific education is set to be awarded every three years, alternating with the prizes for primary and secondary education.
Moreover, via its School of Hope programme, the Foundation has been developing activities to assist schools operating in a socially disadvantaged environment.
Like the King Baudouin Foundation , the Queen Paola Foundation operates autonomously and has a small team of full-time staff, supplemented by volunteers.