On the 14th of November TEDxAUCollege hosted their first salon event, “Bursting the Bubble: Refugee Integration”. This event focused on refugee integration with talks on local projects that have been initiated to help ease the process of welcoming refugees into the community. Hosted at Maslow, two live speakers gave talks on their involvement on such projects, this was followed by a discussion on the subject matter.
Pieter de Roest: Pieter is the programme leader at Housing Statusholders at Rochdale housing association, the organisation behind SPARKVillage, the residential complex comprising 240 shipping container apartments next to the Startup Village at Amsterdam Science Park. Half of the complex is reserved for residence permit holders; the other half is intended for students and young professionals, including 40 young teachers. He spoke on how housing organisations work on helping refugees integrate and what more they can do.
Edith Sijmons: Edith is a board member of Toverfluit, an organisation that supports young refugees in developing their musical talents in order to build their own futures. She believes that every child should have the right to develop their talents, which is a right not all young refugees in the Netherlands have. After having been in the board of an organisation stimulating education in Indonesia, she is now dedicating herself to young people, via the Toverfluit foundation. She spoke about the organisation and how we can use music to overcome cultural boundaries.