Multilingual Amsterdam

There are more than 180 different nationalities based in Amsterdam. Over half of school kids in Amsterdam speak one or more languages other than Dutch. Sometimes over 10 different languages prevail in just one classroom. How do we manage multilingualism in education?

Together with the Network for Multilingual Parents Amsterdam (Netwerk Meertalige Ouders Amsterdam) and Rethink Amsterdam we bring together language and education experts, policy makers, as well as parents and (former) students to share their perspectives. All the events are free and open to all, but space is limited and reservations are required.

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Multilingual Amsterdam #2

Emotions and Well Being

Multiple studies show that children learn faster and better when taught in their native language. They achieve better results and don’t fall behind throughout the year. Nonetheless, policymakers, educators and even parents resist curricula that enable multilingualism in the classroom. The second edition of Multilingual Amsterdam focused on emotions in the discussion on multilingualism in education.

With Elma Blom (Universiteit Utrecht), Valeria Pierdominici, Maria Stock (Haagse Hogeschool), Rasit Elibol (Groene Amsterdammer), Jakhini Bisselink (VN Jeugdvertegenwoordiger), Simion Blom (lid gemeenteraad Amsterdam, GroenLinks) and Ellen-Rose Kambel (Rutu Foundation). Moderator: Glenn Helberg.

Read our blog post: an emotional evening in Amsterdam.

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Multilingual Amsterdam #1

Education Inequality

Co-organised by Sirius European Network for education of migrant children, Polish centre for Education and Culture Lokomotywa and Foundation Turkish Education Centre (STOC) we presented a program on the role of language in matters of educational inequality.

With Ellen-Rose Kambel (Rutu Foundation), Tom Tudjman (Sirius), Tanja Jadnanansing (stadsdeelvoorzitter Amsterdam Zuid Oost), Hajar Fallah (IAMSHero), Nello Allocca (Multilingual Parents Amsterdam), Glenn Helberg, Marinella Orioni, Suheyla Jalcin (IAMShero), Ellen-Petra Kester (Universiteit Utrecht), Zahraa Attar (Universiteit Utrecht), Dineke Blikslager (St. Janschool), Mari Varsyani (DENISE), Bozena Kopczynska (Lokomotywa) and Dylan Hyman.

Moderated by Astrid Echteld.

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Article: In hoeveel talen thuis – door Rasit Elibol
Je kind wel of niet meertalig opvoeden is voor veel ouders een dilemma. Want de onderbuik zegt vaak iets anders dan de wetenschap.
– Whether or not to raise your child multilingually is a dilemma for many parents. The underbelly often says something different than the science.

Article: Goede bedoelingen zijn niet genoeg – Groene Amsterdammer
Nederland is een tolerant en gastvrij land, waarin iedereen gelijke kansen krijgt, ongeacht zijn of haar achtergrond. Althans, zo zien we onszelf graag. Maar de cijfers en de mensen daarachter vertellen een ander verhaal.
– The Netherlands is a tolerant and welcoming country, where everyone gets equal opportunities, regardless of his or her background. At least, that is how we like to see ourselves. But the numbers and the people behind the numbers tell a different story.