Maram-onderwijs, a Zuidwolde agency that develops innovative and unorthodox forms of education, has come up with a new way for refugees to get the language lessons they need for their residence permit.
Translation by Traci White
VEPA, an office furniture manufacturer in Hoogeveen, is providing Dutch lessons for two Syrian refugees who doing apprenticeships at the company.
Traditional education at Dutch academic institutions can be challenging for some refugees due to the language barrier. Anneke van Proosdij from Maram-onderwijs told RTV Drenthe that this is a new educational concept: it will make it easier for refugees to continue learning while also gaining work experience.
At VEPA, Mohamad and Mazen are in training to become upholsterers. RTV Drenthe reports that both of the men have already completed integration courses, and the language lessons provided at work will eventually enable them to get their MBO (intermediate vocational education) diplomas.
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