Social Participation 'Ma-Pa' programme - Culemborg
The project Ma-Pa (social participation) of the City of Culemborg encourages immigrant women to initiate more contact with the social environment. Low educated immigrant women in particular are encouraged to join in neighbourhood activities by means of low-threshold initiatives.
How can immigrant women become socially activated?
The Social Participation project aims at getting immigrant women to join in activities. By activating the women socially, the idea is that they in turn will take increasingly more initiative and inspire other women within the community to break out of their social isolation. While participating in the activities, the women make use of the child care facilities. The projects are conducted in the immediate living environment of immigrants. Many activities are organised especially in the Terweijde district by the local authority.
The local authority aims to achieve a snowball effect through organising the following activities:
- Language lessons
- The ‘play with us’ project aimed at preventing language disadvantages among young children
The buddy project, in which indigenous Dutch women and immigrant women get together
Together with another integration project (the Key), the Ma-Pa project reached 140 immigrant inhabitants. This is twice what was initially anticipated.
City of Culemborg
E. Rutgers, tel. +31 34 5477901
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