bon teamed up with the Royal Belgian Library and the Amsab Institute to organise "Homeland 14-18". The exhibition looks back on the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Belgian people during WWI and brings some personal stories of today's newcomers in light of these historic events.
Every first Thursday of the month, from 18h to 21h30, Pianofabriek Citylab, bon and Immigr'Arte organise a cooking workshop in Dutch, French and English.
“I have three brothers and five sisters. Two of my sisters are still with my parents in Syria. I myself have fled three years ago. One brother and sister now live in Lebanon. One sister took her husband and family to Germany. Two of my brothers moved to Turkey, one of my sisters is on her way. The war in Syria has been going on for four years now. None of us would have left the country if it hadn't been for the war."
As part of the "Agentschap Integratie en Inburgering" agency, bon is expecting a large group of new integrators in the coming months. The Agency is therefore looking for extra teachers, intakers and counsellors. Together with VDAB, it is organising a job day in Brussels on the 26th of October.
Annual report bon 2014 is now available on line in Dutch and French. You can also download an English version of the report.
Since the beginning of this year, bon has been part of the agency “Agentschap Integratie en Inburgering”. bon has continued its operations, but the association itself does no longer exist.
We’re still enjoying the afterglow of a wonderful summer with the youngsters of Masir Avenir. Join us through the blog masiravenir.wordpress.com!
Masir Avenir starts again on June 30! Sixty youngsters will follow a two-month integration course, tailored to their needs.
The programme will include Social Orientation (SO), Dutch language courses, and lots of workshops and sports. In July, SO will be given in four groups and four languages: Arabic, English, French and Tigrinya. In August, the youngsters will follow Dutch language courses in three groups.
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Aminata Kalo is sometimes referred to as Mother Courage. She calls herself ‘une belle forte’, a beautiful strong woman. And rightly so: she came to Belgium as a desperate and illiterate woman, but came a long way and recently bought her own house in Brussels. Her programme counsellor Awet went to see her for an interview.
By Awet Desta Aregawi and Marianne Buyck
bon is not just for newcomers: in the last few years, more and more ‘oldcomers’ have been following an integration programme as well. Students like Imane, Sam, Kristopher and Krasi, who have been living in Belgium for 5, 7 or 10 years. Some oldcomers follow an integration course to get Belgian citizenship, others are mainly looking for a social network or a job. Interview by Marianne Buyck en Liesbeth Sacré
This summer, bon will be offering its sixth integration course tailored to 16-17-year-old newcomers, also known as “Masir Avenir” (“The Road to the future”). We’re still looking for participants. Do you know any eligible youngsters?