"Mixing" of black schools a success

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23 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – Attempts by native Dutch parents to balance out the ethnic composition of predominantly "black" schools have been a success. The percentage of pupils of ethnic minority background at a number of schools in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague has been halved.

23 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – Attempts by native Dutch parents to balance out the ethnic composition of predominantly "black" schools have been a success. The percentage of pupils of ethnic minority background at a number of schools in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague has been halved.

The number of parent initiatives in this area is increasing, according to a study presented today and commissioned by the ministry of education, the AD reports.

More and more native Dutch parents are reportedly registering their children at schools with a predominantly ethnic minority population and trying to persuade others to do so as well. In 2005 there were only four parent initiatives to this effect, last year there were 17. Most of this grassroots action is taking place in Rotterdam.

State secretary for Education Sharon Dijksma (Labour PvdA) will be launching the National Expertise Centre on Mixed Schools today in Amsterdam. The centre will aim to support parents who want to promote integration at schools.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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