Together we go for inclusive education
Tilburg University thinks that all current and potential students, irrespective of their background, should feel a sense of belonging at our University. That is why we participate in the national programme Students-4-Students (S4S) of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The aim is to stimulate diversity and equal opportunities in education. Students at Tilburg University are committed to this with various projects aimed at primary and secondary education.
Our goal is to make sure that all children come into contact with science and get the best out of themselves. We focus mainly on children aged 9 to 14 with a migration background and/or children in underprivileged communities in Tilburg. Teachers can apply for one of the projects if they are interested.
Role models in the classroom
For this storytelling project, role models visit secondary schools (VMBO/MAVO/HAVO) in Tilburg to share their personal stories with both junior and senior pupils. The role models have various backgrounds, for instance: first-generation university students, students who are refugees or children of refugees, grew up in poverty, etc. The idea is that these students show pupils that everybody can go to university, irrespective of their background.
S4S collaborates in the Mattie project of social organization Contour de Twern in Tilburg. The S4S role models can sign up to become a long-term Mattie. A Mattie is a student who, for a longer period of time, is committed to making the transition phase from primary to secondary education easier by coaching pupils in this crucial period.
English lessons by international students
Our role models also play a part in the internationalization program of Tilburg primary schools. They visit primary schools for half a day to give presentations for children. They tell pupils about their country of origin and their cultural traditions. The students use visual aids and show objects from their culture (e.g., clothing, jewelry). Afterwards, the pupils can ask questions and they give a short presentation on the Netherlands in English to the student. As a result of this project, children get to acquainted with various cultures and S4S contributes to pupils’ command of English.