Children put Belgian politicians to shame

13th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

Flemish and Francophone children spent a night at the Atomium to show politicians that it is possible to get along despite linguistic differences.

13 May 2008

BRUSSELS - Dozens of children from a school in Vilvoorde in Flemish Brabant and a Francophone school of Sint-Pieters-Woluwe in Brussels spent a night in a
ball of the Atomium.

The children from a Flemish and a Francophone school wanted to show that they could get along despite the linguistic differences.
One of the balls was specially furnished for the sleep-over.

The aim of the initiative was to show politicians that Flemish and Francophone children could get along with each other

"We want to show people that we can get along," explain the teachers. "The children are communicating with each other as well- albeit with a limited vocabulary in both languages!"

The Atomium is a monument built for Expo '58- the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. It was designed by André Waterkeyn and is 102 metre tall. Nine steel spheres are connected so the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.

The Brussels World's Fair opened on 17 April 1958. It was the biggest event ever held in Belgium, attracting over 41 million visitors. This was three times more than the organisers had expected. The 1958 World Fair was the most visited World Fair ever.

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