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?
bon has entered in a two-year international research project: “Local Welcoming Policies EU migrants”. The project was launched early this year in 7 European cities: Brussels, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Dublin and Goteborg.
Ouiam El Boutahiri (30 years old, Morocco) has been living in Belgium since 2010 and took the social orientation course at bon in August 2014. Ouiam volunteers at vzw Babbelkot for three nights a week. Ouiam also volunteers at vzw Cultureghem, helping out with Collectmet on Sundays.
Mahmoud is a young man with a passion for flowers. Two years ago, he fled Syria and came to Belgium. He followed the bon integration programme and went in search for training opportunities. Today he's taking the Florist training at COOVI. You can watch the video here!
From January 1st 2015, bon is part of the “Agentschap Integratie en Inburgering". The Agency supports the Flemish integration policy. The Agency collects all social and civic integration, social translation and interpreting services (except in the cities Ghent and Antwerp). We'll continue to provide quality service. More information: www.integratie-inburgering.be.