by Danielle Nijboer and Ellen-Rose Kambel Tuesday, 30 October 2018 –  We gathered with experts, researchers, professionals and many multilinguals at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. It was the second evening in a series on Education Inequality and Multilingual Education organised by the Rutu Foundation, Multilingual Parents Amsterdam and Rethink Amsterdam. Emotions…

How bilingualism affected my school career

Jahk

|Lees Jahkini’s verhaal in het Nederlands|

Let me introduce myself. My name is Jahkini and I am currently enrolled in a bilingual education programme at my high school. Furthermore, I am an active member of the student council and I also work at an Ethiopian restaurant. My mother is from a small town in the Netherlands and speaks Dutch. My father, on the other hand, was born in what is formerly known as British Guyana. In Guyana they speak English. The Guyanese version of English is comparable to Jamaican English, as they both sometimes grammatically differ from standard English. At home I speak English with my father and Dutch with my mother.

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Opleving van de inheemse Negrito cultuur in de Filipijnen De inheemse volkeren met een jagers- en verzamelaarsachtergrond op de Filipijnen, waaronder de Agta, Aeta, Ati, Ata en Batak, worden gezamenlijk aangeduid als Negrito. Zij vertegenwoordigen de oudste beschaving in het land, die meer dan 40.000 jaar teruggaat. Jenne de Beer, lid van…

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The indigenous peoples with a hunter gatherer background of the Philippines, among which the Agta, Aeta, Ati, Ata and Batak, are collectively referred to as Negritos. They represent the most ancient civilization in the country, going back more than 40,000 years in time. Rutu advisory board member and ethno-ecologist Jenne de Beer,…

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De succesvolle herleving van de Negrito cultuur op de Filipijnen De Agta, Ata en Aeta (ook wel Negrito-volken genoemd) zijn de oudste bewoners van de Filipijnse archipel. Hun geschiedenis gaat tenminste 40.000 jaar terug. Deze jagers en verzamelaars hebben een heel eigen cultuur en ‘way of life’ met een sterke oriëntatie op…

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Je taal is je identiteit

Tijdens de jaarlijkse Internationale Dag van de Moedertaal op 21 februari wordt wereldwijd het belang van de moedertaal benoemd en gevierd. ‘Jouw taal is jouw identiteit’, zo begon voormalig schoolhoofd Greta Pané haar toespraak tijdens de viering in Galibi. ‘Probeer je taal te behouden.’ In Galibi verzamelden de inheemse inwoners van het dorp…

On the occasion of the third anniversary of the Rutu Foundation in March 2014, we made a special ‘Know your Roots' Black Heritage Tour through the Amsterdam canals. Alexandra Luke, first-year student at the Amsterdam University College reports.

alex_cvOn a Sunday afternoon in April, our group of twelve met at the National Monument at Dam Square, where our guide Jennifer began the tour. The semicircle behind the monument, she explained, contains urns with soil from each of the Dutch provinces: a mark of respect for the soldiers who lost their lives in World War II. Soldiers of the colonies of Suriname and the Dutch Antilles, who also fought and died for the Netherlands, were not included in this mark of respect.

So began a journey of discovery and rediscovery for all of us: we travelled back in time learning about Amsterdam’s history from the 16th century onwards, from a perspective that is sadly often ignored in our classrooms and textbooks. As we passed by historic buildings and landmarks, Jennifer helped us fill in the blanks: the Dutch Empire was great, but at what human cost did this greatness come? What are the clues, in the carvings on buildings and paintings in galleries, that reveal the role of the African diaspora, whose voice has been suppressed for so long?

Rather than a three-hour monologue from the guide, this tour was an interactive experience for the whole group. Rutu’s founder Ellen-Rose Kambel was able to share her personal connection to the city’s history, as we passed the building where a wealthy Dutch family had once kept her ancestors as slaves.

There is a philosophy behind the tour that the Rutu Foundation shares: there are some things in history that we would rather forget, but no matter how we view the past, it will always play a role in shaping our future. The Black Heritage Tour, like Rutu, encourages us not to let that past hinder us, but to use it to empower us. We cannot undo what has happened, but we can pave a future that learns from mistakes made and embraces our roots.

Amsterdam’s Black Heritage Tour is the brainchild of History enthusiast Jennifer Tosch, whose journey towards discovering her own roots led to her discovery of the roots of the city of Amsterdam. http://www.blackheritagetours.com/. Pictures of the tour, made by Kevin P. Roberson, you will find here.

 

black heritage tour 30 mrt 2014

Rutu Foundation presents:

Know your Roots: Black Heritage Tour of Amsterdam

 

Join us this Sunday 30 March 2014, as we celebrate Rutu's  third anniversary in preserving traditional education, knowledge, language and culture among indigenous peoples and minorities worldwide, with a special Black Heritage Tour of Amsterdam.
 
We explore the African presence from the 17th century in Amsterdam and reveal the 'hidden history' still visible on national landmarks, canal houses and museums.
 
The Tour includes:
  • 30 minute walking tour around the Dam Square area
  • 2 hour guided boat tour
  • Museum entry and 30 minute tour of special exhibit
  • Refreshments served on board the boat
  • Rutu Foundation Special Price: €35/per person.[The Regular Price: €52,50]. Guests may pay by bank transfer or debit/credit card.
Date: Sunday 30 March 2014
Time: 13.00 hours
Duration: 3 hours
 
Make your reservation at info@blackheritagetours.com.

 

black heritage tour 30 mrt 2014

Rutu Foundation presents:

Know your Roots: Black Heritage Tour of Amsterdam

 

Join us this Sunday 30 March 2014, as we celebrate Rutu’s  third anniversary in preserving traditional education, knowledge, language and culture among indigenous peoples and minorities worldwide, with a special Black Heritage Tour of Amsterdam.
We explore the African presence from the 17th century in Amsterdam and reveal the ‘hidden history’ still visible on national landmarks, canal houses and museums.
The Tour includes:
  • 30 minute walking tour around the Dam Square area
  • 2 hour guided boat tour
  • Museum entry and 30 minute tour of special exhibit
  • Refreshments served on board the boat
  • Rutu Foundation Special Price: €35/per person.[The Regular Price: €52,50]. Guests may pay by bank transfer or debit/credit card.
Date: Sunday 30 March 2014
Time: 13.00 hours
Duration: 3 hours
Make your reservation at info@blackheritagetours.com.

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