Morning newspapers – 7 November 2007

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Minister Plasterk's Report on Emancipation primarily focuses on underprivileged women of immigrant background. But there should be more attention to minority women who are successful, says nrc.next. Even if just to stress their potential function as role models. "The government's view on migrants is not diverse enough," says Marja van Tilburg, lecturer on gender studies at the University of Groningen. "Attention is mainly focused on what is not going well."

Minister Plasterk's Report on Emancipation primarily focuses on underprivileged women of immigrant background. But there should be more attention to minority women who are successful, says nrc.next. Even if just to stress their potential function as role models. "The government's view on migrants is not diverse enough," says Marja van Tilburg, lecturer on gender studies at the University of Groningen. "Attention is mainly focused on what is not going well."

The Telegraaf reports on a trip for 12 Surinamese junkies "paid for by taxpayers." The subject of the article is a trip for heroin and cocaine addicts and alcoholics which was organised by the Survival foundation. MP have criticised the trips as "pleasure trips", but the foundation says the criticism is unfounded. "They are given daily activities, in agriculture and horticulture. And theme weeks. Look at it as a search for a piece of lost identity." The trips are financed from the fund for exceptional medical costs (AWBZ).

"New learning" in secondary vocational education has proved a success for many problem students. It has resulted in a spectacular decrease in the number of drop outs, the GPD papers report. At some schools the number of drop outs has fallen by 50 percent. The "new learning" teaching methods, based on practical learning, have received a lot of criticism, but they seem to work well for students with behavioural problems and children with learning difficulties.

The VVD thinks that Integration Minister Ella Vogelaar is presenting too rosy a view of the situation of Moroccan school drop outs in Amsterdam, the Telegraaf reports. Vogelaar has not informed Parliament accurately, says MP Henk Kamp. A letter from the minister to Parliament states that four in ten Moroccan men under the age of 23 have dropped out of school. A survey entitled "The Moroccan community in Amsterdam" claims that number is much higher.

A growing number of people no longer want to work according to the traditional system of "hours worked" and invoicing, nrc.next writes. One example is self-employed businesswoman Sanne Roemen, who works without issuing quotes and often does not even draw up an invoice. Her clients may themselves determine the amount and form of the payment. This could be a monetary payment, or for example a gift certificate to buy books, or the rental of a laptop computer for a year. She often gets more than she's expecting, she said. Though there is always the risk that the client might think a bottle of wine will suffice.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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