A new report issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on racism and xenophobia calls on the Dutch government to end racism and discrimination in education. The report is based on widespread consultations with government officials and various groups in society.

Examples of racism and discrimination in education mentioned in the report are the higher drop-out rates among racial minorities compared to ethnic Netherlanders. Also, students with a Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese or Antillean background disproportionally enter secondary education at lower levels (referring to the 2018 Annual Report of the Central Bureau of Statistics).

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The Rutu Foundation is committed to supporting quality education for Indigenous Peoples. As part of our series on Distance Learning for Multilingual Learners, we created a list of Digital Language Resources for Indigenous Peoples which can assist the preservation of Indigenous languages and raise awareness as to the threats that indigenous peoples are facing, a situation compounded by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Webinar Role of Parents

Within the Language Friendly School, parents play an important role. Schools design their Language Friendly Schoolplan with the full participation of parents. Parental involvement is essential for a child’s school success. When teachers do not speak the same language as parents and when school books are in a language which the parents do not understand, this can have serious implications for the learning process of multilingual children. It’s important therefore that both parents and teachers find ways of supporting each other. On Thursday 7th May the Rutu Foundation organised a webinar on the role of parents and teachers in supporting multilingual children.

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