Enrichment programme for low-income children in Transvaal
- 10 October 2016
- 21 February 2017
Het Galjoen primary school and Buurthuis Boerenplein officially launched Transvaal University on 8 October. A group of 15 schoolchildren aged 9 to 12 years will get more opportunities to develop their talents by getting extra lessons every Saturday morning.
The Hague already has the Schilderswijk University, Escamp University and the IMC Weekendschool, similar enrichment programmes for inquisitive children from low-income neighbourhoods. These programmes receive financial support from the Municipality of The Hague.
According to Deputy Mayor Ingrid van Engelshoven (Knowledge Economy, International, Youth and Education), ‘Transvaal University came into being thanks to a partnership between the school, parents and the neighbourhood. That provides the basis for the future success of the pupils.’
The public school Het Galjoen has had all kinds of extra facilities at the school since 2015. Examples include chess lessons during the school day, a music project with the Residentie Orkest, a Young Talent master class, a speel-o-theek and a library.
Transvaal University brings in guest teachers who will talk about work which the children do not see on a daily basis, such as the courthouse, an ICT business, a ministry and the university. They will be taught about different social issues such as the media, the legal system, art and culture, and architecture.
More information about these enrichment programmes can be found at www.schilderswijkuniversity.nl.