Undersecretary Sander Dekker of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science presented the first teaching materials box to the De Regenboog primary school in Zoetermeer. The teaching materials boxes are being distributed to 200 primary schools in the Netherlands with more than 10 refugee children. The boxes contain materials for use by teachers to help refugee children gain language skills and in dealing with traumas. The ‘Peace in your hands’ educational pack from the WPF Foundation is part of these teaching materials boxes, along with classroom workbooks, guides to learning Dutch and picture books. The ‘Peace in your hands’ pack was added to the teaching materials boxes because it is considered to be beneficial for children’s social and emotional development: finding peace within yourself, and building peace, respect and tolerance in the class.
The contents of the teaching materials boxes were defined in consultation with teachers and school managers who already have experience in working with refugee children. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science asked LOWAN (educational support for migrants) and the Kinderpostzegels Foundation (support for vulnerable children around the world) to help put the teaching materials boxes together.