The integration debate has been a much-discussed topic in the Netherlands for many years. The City of The Hague has concrete plans about how integration within their city can be better. How do you introduce this successsfully?
How do you involve all the stakeholders, from residence-permit holders to businesses, in the development and implementation of a new approach to citizenship education? How do you make sure they understand the new vision, but also own it, so that every individual is able to contribute?
During the kick-off conference in the student hotel in the Hague, located in the middle of a housing estate, more than 120 people came together. Zohre, an Afghan refugee, humorously opened the meeting. After a brief introduction by Councillor and initiator Rabin Baldewsingh, this complex subject was discussed during a mindset debate led by Hadassah de Boer. This formed the perfect springboard to working together in four sessions to further build upon the new vision, with every session working towards concrete ideas and activities.
Through four interactive break-outs, more than 120 guests were able to immerse themselves in diverse themes, and with the help of creative formats, were able to both receive information and input it themselves. A true win-win for both the participants and City of The Hague. There were also various media outlets present to report on the day and afterwards an extensive visual report was available to all those involved.