How are the Ukrainian children at De Oanrin primary school in Twijsel? Drawings about war help with processing

Four Ukrainian children have recently joined CBS De Oanrin in Twijsel. It was getting used to for children, parents and teachers. “But they are already starting to find their place in the school,” says Heleen van der Meer from the primary school. “They pick up the Dutch language quickly.”

The 4-year-old girl Dasha recently even asked for a patch, Van der Meer adds. After the May holidays, Dasha, Egor, Vladik and Dima, who are being cared for with their families in the village center De Bining in Twijsl, have started participating in the youngest groups. ,, The three boys are 7 and 9 years old and are together in groups 3 and 4. They can talk together and feel more comfortable. We have agreed with the parents that they are always welcome and can go inside. At the moment it is smaller. Both the parents and the children are starting to get used to the situation. ”

Due to the uncertain situation – whether to stay longer in the Twijsel reception center – emphasis was first placed on offering a safe place where the children come into contact with other peers. However, the focus is increasingly on working with the curriculum. “From extensive admissions interviews with the parents, it became clear that they wanted to stay longer, learn the Dutch language, and that the children also need education,” explains Van der Meer. “From this week, we will provide targeted teaching using method material from group 3. We also let them draw a lot. In all the drawings you see the war coming back with bombs and explosions. We save the drawings and discuss them with the children. Drawing and talk are part of the processing and also strengthen the relationship with the teacher. ”


Recently, an additional teacher is present every morning, who is responsible for the care and supervision of Dasha, Egor, Vladik and Dima. “This creates more calm in the classroom. Our internal supervisor, Henny de Jong, has a guiding role in this. She also has contact with external contacts and aid organizations and coordinates this internally. This organizational structure now gives us the necessary support and peace of mind. ”

First, Dasha, Egor, Vladik and Dima just sat in the classroom. “Many of the group teachers asked this: In addition to leading the group, they should also provide the necessary guidance and care for the new children. We then rang the bell with Noventa, the foundation for Christian Basic Education in Achtkarspelen, to which we belong. External expertise and additional staff were needed to provide guidance. Noventa then made it possible to hire the extra teacher who teaches the children outside the group in the morning. In the afternoon, the children participate in their own group and participate in topics such as music, drama, dance, movement classes and judo. ”


Both the children and the teaching team in De Oanrin had to get used to the new situation in the beginning. “In the beginning, it was still a bit of a scan. We are Noventa’s first school with Ukrainian students. After a general tour of the school, we started with extensive admissions interviews with all parents and their children. There was an interpreter present who could translate everything so we could communicate well with each other. How is the education in Ukraine, what are the expectations of the parents at our school and they could tell about their children and what they have experienced in Ukraine. You really need the interpreter’s help, and we can always call on him. It is an important support for us. ”

The progress of Ukrainian children is being closely monitored at De Oanrin, but a working group has also been set up in Noventa to share experiences with the reception of refugees at school. “We are a pilot school and would like to share our expertise. There may be even more Ukrainian children who will be cared for at other schools. It is nice to be co-responsible for this from Noventa. ”

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