Tilburg University Junior - Wetenschap op de basisschool

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.

Rolemodel Mohammed about inequality of opportunity (dutch)

Mohammed is studying at the pre-bachelor of Tilburg University. As a refugee he suffered many setbacks and despite that he never lost sight of his goal to become a doctor. This inspiring story shows that inequality of opportunity still plays a role in our society. By sharing these inspiring stories we hope to make this discussable at the university and in primary and secondary education. 


Rolemodel Racheal about diversity (dutch)

Racheal was adopted from Ethiopia by Dutch parents and grew up in Etten-Leur. Because she grew up in a white environment where diversity was not discussed, she experienced a lot of uncertainty. A trip back to Africa made her realize that her background is an enrichment, a strength. With her story she wants to make the theme of diversity discussable at the university and in primary and secondary education.