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Marketing & Development Intern 

Application Deadline: September 1, 2021
Timeframe: 01/09/21-15/12/21 

Role Description 

The Rutu Foundation is seeking a motivated and proactive fulltime or part-time intern for our Marketing and Development position. We are an award-winning international non-profit based in Amsterdam committed to advocating for multilingual education. As our Marketing and Development Intern, you will be in charge of creating an impact report for our Language Friendly School initiative.  

We are offering you the opportunity to take charge of an independent project that will engage and strengthen your skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, non-profit development, marketing. 

This is a great position for students and recent graduates to get hands-on experience in both the education and non-profit field. You will be working as a key member of our team and will have access to meaningful interactions with experts, policymakers, leaders, and activists in the field. As our intern, you will have the opportunity to directly impact the education industry and aid in creating a more inclusive world for future generations. 

Internship start and end dates are flexible. This is an unpaid internship, but course credit may be arranged. 

Duties 

  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data on the impact of the Language Friendly School program 
  • Draft an impact report for the Language Friendly School executive board 
  • Collect and analyze impactful press coverage 
  • Create a visual report with key findings on impact in pdf-format and on an interactive webpage  
  • Analyze the potential impact of other relevant projects and opportunities 

Preferred knowledge and skills 

  • Graphic design  
  • Data Analysis 
  • Experience with Wordpress 
  • Fluency in English is required, fluency in Dutch highly desired 
  • Experience with social media platforms 

Qualifications 

  • This position is available to master students and third- and fourth-year bachelor students studying marketing, social entrepreneurship, fundraising, consulting, business administration, management, economics, or related fields. 
  • Three months full-time commitment or part-time commitment for at least three months, flexible start and end dates 

About the Language Friendly School Network 

The Language Friendly School Network is a Rutu Foundation initiative that encourages linguistic and cultural inclusivity in education. Schools with the language friendly label recognize and embrace their students’ multilingualism and take action to give space to these languages within the school community. Language Friendly Schools have a language plan involving students, teachers, and staff. Each plan is adapted to the school’s own needs and aims at creating an inclusive and language friendly learning environment for all students. The Language Friendly School has been selected as one of the hundred most inspiring innovations in K-12 education in 2020 and was nominated for the European Language Label Award in 2019. 

By working with the Language Friendly School, you are creating a world where all children have access to a language friendly-learning environment where they feel accepted and valued for who they are. 

How to apply

At the Rutu Foundation we are committed to inclusivity in education and in our workspace. Our team is female-led and comes from a diverse range of ethnic, geographic, and linguistic backgrounds. We encourage people of color, members of the LGBTQI+ community, and people with a disability to apply.  To apply, please send an email with your CV and motivation letter to Ellen-Rose Kambel at info@rutufoundation.org

For more information about the Language Friendly School network, please visit https://languagefriendlyschool.org/. 

The mission of the Rutu Foundation is to make linguistic and cultural diversity the norm in education. The Rutu Foundation believes that all children, especially indigenous children and children from migrant and minority backgrounds, should have every opportunity to learn in and through the languages they and their families use and understand well. They should be educated in a way that allows them to grow and flourish, well-rooted in their own languages and cultures. To learn more about the Rutu Foundation, please visit https://www.rutufoundation.org/. 

Application Deadline: September 1, 2021
Timeframe: 01/09/21-15/12/21 

Role Description 

The Rutu Foundation is seeking a committed, motivated, and proactive intern for a part-time (16 hours/week) Multilingual Education position. We are an award-winning international non-profit based in Amsterdam committed to advocating for multilingual education. As our Multilingual Education Intern, you will focus on our Language Friendly School initiative. You will work directly with our tight-knit staff to write briefs on education policy, create materials and tools for our Language Friendly Schools, and advocate for our policies at various events and meetings. 

This is a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to get hands-on experience in both the education and non-profit sphere. You will be working as a key member of our team and will have access to meaningful interactions with experts, policymakers, leaders, and activists in the field. As our Multilingual Education intern, you will have the opportunity to directly impact the education industry and aid in creating a more inclusive world for future generations. 

Internship start and end dates are flexible. This is an unpaid internship, but course credit may be arranged. 

Duties 

  • Creating materials and tools for our Language Friendly Schools to use in their classrooms 
  • Researching scientific papers on multilingual education 
  • Writing briefs on a variety of topics regarding education, multilingualism and language-friendly learning 
  • Updating and refining existing materials 

Preferred knowledge and skills 

  • Knowledge of, affinity with, and demonstrated interest in multilingual education policy and practice 
  • Demonstrated skills in writing and research 
  • Ability to analyze and summarize scientific papers on education  
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Teams 
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, to implement collaborative projects, and think creatively 
  • Presentation and advocacy skills preferable  
  • Fluency in English required. Knowledge of other languages, especially Dutch, Spanish and/or German are welcome but not required. 
  • Graphic design skills and familiarity with Canva are a plus, but not required   

Qualifications 

  • This position is available to master students and third- and fourth-year bachelor students studying Education, Teacher Training, Applied Linguistics, English, Child Studies, or a related field. 
  • Commitment for 16-25 hours per week for at least three months, flexible start and end dates 

About the Language Friendly School Network 

The Language Friendly School Network is a Rutu Foundation initiative that encourages linguistic and cultural inclusivity in education. Schools with the Language Friendly label recognize and embrace their students’ multilingualism and take action to give space to these languages within the school community. The Language Friendly School was selected as one of the ten most inspiring innovations in bilingual education in 2020 and was nominated for the European Language Label Award in 2019. 

By working with the Language Friendly School, you help create a world where all children have access to a language friendly-learning environment where they feel accepted and valued for who they are. 

How to apply

At the Rutu Foundation we are committed to inclusivity in education and in our workspace. Our team is female-led and comes from a diverse range of ethnic, geographic, and linguistic backgrounds. We encourage people of color, members of the LGBTQI+ community, and people with a disability to apply.  To apply, please send an email with your CV and a motivation letter to Ellen-Rose Kambel at info@rutufoundation.org

For more information about the Language Friendly School network, please visit https://languagefriendlyschool.org/. 

The mission of the Rutu Foundation is to make linguistic and cultural diversity the norm in education. The Rutu Foundation believes that all children, especially indigenous children and children from migrant and minority backgrounds, should have every opportunity to learn in and through the languages they and their families use and understand well. They should be educated in a way that allows them to grow and flourish, well-rooted in their own languages and cultures. To learn more about the Rutu Foundation, please visit https://www.rutufoundation.org/. 

Communications Internship

Application Deadline: September 1, 2021
Timeframe: 01/09/21-15/12/21 

Role Description 

The Rutu Foundation is seeking a creative, motivated, and proactive intern with an interest in languages and education for a part-time (8 hours/week) Marketing and Communications position. We are an award-winning international non-profit based in Amsterdam committed to advocating for multilingual education. As our Communications Intern, you will work directly with our tight-knit staff to produce social media content, optimize our website, and create promotional materials. 

This is a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to get hands-on experience in both the education and non-profit sphere. You will be working as a key member of our team and will have access to Rutu Foundation events, face-to-face interactions with experts in the field, and mentorship from our executive board. 

Internship start and end dates are flexible. This is an unpaid internship, but course credit may be arranged. 

Duties 

  • Maintaining our social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram 
  • Suggesting, drafting, and creating social media updates on our various platforms  
  • Creating various graphics for our audience 
  • Writing, editing, and identifying relevant content for our e-newsletter 
  • Assisting with website optimization and updates 
  • Creating promotional materials for our events 

Preferred knowledge and skills 

  • Strong writing skills 
  • Experience with social media platforms 
  • Demonstrated interest in multilingual education  
  • Graphic design and photography skills are highly desirable  
  • Experience with Wordpress, Canva, and Mailchimp 
  • Fluency or equivalent in English 
  • Other languages, particularly Dutch, Spanish, French, and German, preferred but not required 
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team and think creatively 

Qualifications 

  • This position is available to bachelor and master students studying graphic design, marketing, communications, English, computer science, or other related fields. 
  • Commitment for 8-12 hours per week for at least three months, flexible start and end dates 

About the Rutu Foundation 

The mission of the Rutu Foundation is to make linguistic and cultural diversity the norm in education. The Rutu Foundation believes that all children, especially indigenous children and children from migrant and minority backgrounds, should have every opportunity to learn in and through the languages they and their families use and understand well. They should be educated in a way that allows them to grow and flourish, well-rooted in their own languages and cultures.

How to apply

At the Rutu Foundation we are committed to inclusivity in education and in our workspace. Our team is female-led and comes from a diverse range of ethnic, geographic, and linguistic backgrounds. We encourage people of color, members of the LGBTQI+ community, and people with a disability to apply.  To apply, please send an email with your CV and a motivation letter to Ellen-Rose Kambel at info@rutufoundation.org

To learn more about the Rutu Foundation, please visit https://www.rutufoundation.org/. 

invitation webinar

With the Language Friendly School, we envision a world in which all children have access to a language friendly-learning environment: a place where they feel accepted and valued for who they are and no child is punished for speaking his or her mother tongues in school. All schools are welcome to join. The network is open for primary and secondary schools; international, private, public and many more.

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the onboarding process for new schools in the network of Language Friendly Schools has gone virtually 100% online. This means that for new schools around the world, we do not have to wait for a local partner to support your school in becoming language friendly. We will organise a series of free online information webinars to explain the first steps.

Free information webinar

The webinar will be hosted by the Language Friendly School Team. After an overview of what the Language Friendly School is and what the benefits are of becoming part of our network, we will be happy to answer your questions.

The next information webinar will be held on Wednesday 2 December 2020, 15.00-15.45h (CET). To register for this webinar or stay updated on future webinars, please fill out this form. Please note: to allow for optimal interaction, we have room for a limited number of guests.  If the webinar is full, we will notify you of the next opportunity.

[This meeting will be held in Dutch; a report of the meeting will be available in English]

Ongeveer een kwart van de schoolkinderen in Nederland heeft een migratieachtergrond. In grote steden kan dit aandeel zelfs oplopen tot 75%. Veel van deze studenten spreken thuis een of meer extra talen naast het Nederlands. Op school worden thuistalen echter vaak genegeerd, ontmoedigd of soms zelfs ronduit verboden (Hurwitz & Kambel 2020). Hoewel niet slecht bedoeld, blijkt het volledig onderdompelen in de schooltaal en uitsluiting van de thuistaal nadelige gevolgen te hebben voor leerlingen: ze hebben minder zelfvertrouwen, een lager zelfbeeld, ze schamen zich voor wie ze zijn. Maar ze presteren ook slechter (Agirdag 2017).

Gelukkig zijn er aanwijzingen dat de ideologie rond het leren van talen aan het veranderen is. Op nationaal niveau heeft Curriculum.nu, het nieuwe curriculum voor de komende twintig jaar, ruimte gecreëerd voor thuistalen in het curriculum. Steeds meer scholen tonen interesse in de Taalvriendelijke School: een label dat wordt uitgereikt aan scholen die alle talen verwelkomen en waarderen die door hun leerlingen worden gesproken. En sommige gemeenten beginnen het belang in te zien van het stimuleren van de meertaligheid van hun leerlingen met een migratieachtergrond. Dit zijn slechts kleine of voorzichtige initiatieven. De voorstellen van Curriculum.nu moeten bijvoorbeeld nog worden goedgekeurd door het parlement.  Het is daarom noodzakelijk dat veelbelovende ‘taalvriendelijke’ praktijken op grotere schaal onder de aandacht worden gebracht en dat we nadenken hoe taalvriendelijk onderwijs niet een uitzondering maar een integraal onderdeel wordt van het Nederlandse onderwijsbeleid.

Dit is het derde jaar dat het Sirius Policy Network on Migrant Education in samenwerking met de Rutu Foundation een Nationale Rondetafel in Nederland organiseert rond het thema ‘meertaligheid in het onderwijs’. Dit jaar is de focus gericht op taalvriendelijk onderwijs. Samen met onderwijsprofessionals, beleidsmakers en ouders gaan we in gesprek tijdens drie online bijeenkomsten met elk een eigen thema: de klas, de school en het beleid.

Doel:

Aan het eind van de serie worden concrete beleidsaanbevelingen opgenomen in een actieplan voor taalvriendelijk onderwijs in Nederland. Dit wordt aangeboden aan de onderwijskoepels en het ministerie van Onderwijs.

Voor wie:

Sta je voor een meertalige klas, ben je schoolleider of beleidsmaker of ben je zelf ouder van meertalige kinderen? En heb je goede ideeën om taalvriendelijk onderwijs te integreren in het Nederlands onderwijs? Je bent van harte welkom om mee te denken.

Programma

Deel 1 – 19 november 2020- Het klaslokaal. Welke aanpak werkt rond meertaligheid in de klas? Leerkrachten lichten hun praktijk toe en en laten zien hoe deze aanpak hun meertalige leerlingen met een migratieachtergrond helpt, en een positief effect heeft voor de ééntalige leerlingen.

Sprekers:

  • Frederike Groothoff, ambulant taalondersteuner, eigenaar LangWhich
  • Femke Danse, onderwijsadviseur meertaligheid bij ABC Onderwijsadviseurs

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Deel 2 – 26 november 2020 – De school. Wat hebben scholen nodig om een schoolbrede taalvriendelijke aanpak te ontwikkelen? Schoolleiders van Taalvriendelijke Scholen vertellen over hun ervaring en waar zij tegenaan lopen bij de implementatie.

Sprekers:

  • Dieneke Blikslager, onderdirecteur St. Janschool Amsterdam
  • Luc Sluijsmans, rector De Nieuwe Internationale School van Esprit (DENISE) Amsterdam
  • Fadie Hanna, opleider Universitaire Pabo Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Deel 3 – 10 december 2020 – Het beleid. Wat is er nodig om taalvriendelijk onderwijs in te voeren op alle scholen? Wie zijn de verantwoordelijke instellingen en personen? Hoe kunnen we ze bereiken?

Sprekers:

  • Najat Benayad, projectleider gemeente Zaanstad
  • Daniela Fasoglio en Joanneke Sprenger, SLO/Curriculum.nu
  • Geert Simons, directeur-bestuurder Proominence, openbaar onderwijs Ede

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Over de organisatoren:

  • SIRIUS Policy Network on Migrant Education is een internationaal beleidsnetwerk voor onderwijs aan kinderen met een migratieachtergrond. Sirius is sinds 2012 de voornaamste adviseur van de EU over deze onderwerpen en is sinds 2017 een onafhankelijk netwerk (internationale non-profit organisatie) waar alle grote stakeholders binnen het onderwijs aan deelnemen. Lees meer over Sirius.
  • De Rutu Foundation voor Intercultureel Meertalig Onderwijs is een non-profit organisatie die opkomt voor kinderen die een andere taal spreken dan de schooltaal, waaronder kinderen met een migratieachtergrond. De Taalvriendelijke School is een programma van de Rutu Foundation. Het is een label en mondiaal netwerk van scholen die alle talen van hun leerlingen verwelkomen en waarderen.

Eindrapport

Alle deelnemers ontvangen het eindrapport. Als je je niet hebt opgegeven maar wel het eindrapport wil ontvangen met de aanbevelingen dan kan dat hier.

Achtergrondinformatie:

Taalvriendelijke School
Read this article in English here

We verwelkomen het nieuwste lid van het netwerk van Taalvriendelijke Scholen, SALTO-school Floralaan in Eindhoven! De schooldirecteur, Arabella Ganzeman, vertelde hoe blij en enthousiast de kinderen waren, alleen al bij het zien van de taalvriendelijke versiering die het team had opgehangen. SALTO-school Floralaan is de vierde gecertificeerde Taalvriendelijke School, een initiatief van de Rutu Foundation. Later deze maand wordt dit uitgebreid met drie andere SALTO-scholen in Eindhoven en de Optimist International School in Hoofddorp.

Een van de eerste Taalvriendelijke Scholen, de St. Janschool in Amsterdam, werd uitgelicht in  het tijdschrift voor leerkrachten, Didactief. Adjunct-directeur Dieneke Blikslager vertelt in een interview wat het betekent om Taalvriendelijke School te zijn. Lees hier het complete artikel over de St. Janschool in Didactief.

Geïnteresseerd in het netwerk van Taalvriendelijke Scholen?

Het netwerk van Taalvriendelijke Scholen staat open voor alle scholen, van openbare tot privéscholen en voor basis- of voortgezet onderwijs. Heb je interesse om ook een Taalvriendelijke School te worden? Doe dan mee aan ons volgende informatiewebinar op donderdag 22 oktober om 20.00 uur. Lees meer en geef je hier op.

Since the murder of George Floyd in the United States, there have been worldwide protests against discrimination and racism, including in the Netherlands. While there is a lot of attention for this topic, there is very little discussion about the impact of racism and discrimination on children. This is why, on 22 September 2020, the Kinderrechtencollectief (Children’s Rights Collective), the Rutu Foundation and the city district council of Amsterdam Zuid-Oost organised an expert meeting about racism and children’s rights in the Netherlands.

Sharing Experiences

 The Kinderrechtencollectief and the Rutu Foundation drafted a discussion paper to gather what we know and what we don’t know about racism against children in the Netherlands, focusing on the domains Education, Children’s Services, and Juvenile justice. This was compared with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Children also shared their experiences with us. Based on this discussion paper, experts came together to share missing information and to check if the image portrayed by the discussion paper corresponded with reality. 

Chairperson of the city district council, Tanja Jadnanansing,  is committed to the participation of children on this topic. The Children’s Committee of the city district Amsterdam Zuid-Oost specifies that they want to address racism and discrimination. Tanja highlights that children should not be underestimated. They know more than adults realise and should be involved in the topics that concern them, such as racism and discrimination. Former chairperson of the Children’s Committee, Nikki (10 years old), proved that by leading the afternoon, together with Erben Oosting (19), board member of the Nationale Jeugdraad (National Youth Council). 

Insufficient information

That afternoon, the experts addressed racism and discrimination in the domains of education and children’s services. Both groups said that significant information is lacking about the experiences of children, especially in the Caribbean parts of the Dutch Kingdom. 

Approach

In the group focusing on education, it was stated that racism is present at multiple levels, but that it is often subtle in nature and therefore difficult to address. Institutional racism needs to be recognized and explicitly defined. The curriculum and teacher training programs lack knowledge about racism, discrimination, and the concurrent obligations that arise from human rights treaties. This needs to become a mandatory part of the curriculum and also in teacher training (PABO). Additionally, the complaint mechanisms must become more accessible. Victims often do not know that they can file a complaint and experience this as something “that’s just part of the deal” if you belong to a minority. Finally, sharing good practices like the Language Friendly School is the last recommendation.

A need for information

Experts in children’s services and youth care confirm that complaints of children about racism are often put under the umbrella of other domains because the racism experienced by children is often accompanied by other problems. Therefore, it is unclear how often children report racism and discrimination. Maartje Schulte, judicial advisor juvenile law at Defence for Children, argued that an important first step could be to educate teachers and children’s services about racism and discrimination that children can experience in youth care and in foster homes. 

The Kinderrechtencollectief and the Rutu Foundation will complement the paper with new insights and information, before making recommendations to the Dutch government. 

 

HundrED Spotlight Language friendly school

The Language Friendly School  is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as one of the leading innovations in Bilingual Education in the world and will be featured in the #BilingualED Spotlight!

HundrED has released a report on the most impactful innovations in education in 2020. Download the report and be sure to check out our innovation page.

The Language Friendly School will be highlighted during HundrED’s online innovation summit from 4-6 November. You can register here.

About HundrED

Finnish based, global education not-for-profit HundrED discovers, researches, and shares inspiring innovations in K-12 education. HundrED’s goal is to help improve education and foster a movement through encouraging valuable impactful and scalable innovations to spread, mindful of context, across the world

In our increasingly multilingual classrooms, digital technology potentially offers infinite opportunities for language-friendly learning. Teachers don’t need to know all the languages their students speak, and still offer their students the opportunity to utilize their full linguistic repertoire to support their learning.

But when Dr. Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman (University of Toronto and co-founder of the Language Friendly School) conducted a study on the effects of a multilingual web-based platform for learning mathematics, she realized there are challenges. Why are teachers not making more use of digital technology to facilitate language-friendly learning? According to Dr. Le Pichon it is not because students with lower socio-economic backgrounds don’t have access to computers or internet. The main challenges lie elsewhere.

Read more.