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Inge Melchior

researcher, Aainda Foundation in Maastricht

Parwin's dream


Parwin came to the Netherlands as a refugee from Afghanistan 15 years ago. How was her life when she was young and what did she encounter on a daily basis as a young girl?

Inge Melchior shares with us the story of Parwin and of the Aainda Foundation, the foundation she set up to help and empower girls from Afghanistan; the Aainda Foundation also aims to break the social isolation of women from different cultures in Maastricht region.

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Pass the Music On

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 20, 2013

Joery Wilbers talks about music education in elementary schools, and how the "Pass the Music On" program has helped bring music back into the classroom. He talks about the process of writing and performing with school children, and the larger effects the program has in the community.

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Education, Human Rights in Afghanistan

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 13, 2013

Lauryn Oates has been working to improve the lives of children and women in Afghanistan through the power of education. Though threats against her and her colleagues lives have been made on numerous occasions, she speaks firmly on the ideals of human rights. 

"Presentation of the Day" on January 10, 2014.

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Siting our Schools

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Mary Beth Ikard presents issues that come with school siting policy decisions, and explains how siting has implications for the regional transportation system and quality of life in communites. 

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Building a School for Young Women in Senegal

@ VOL 26 ON APR 09, 2015

Evelyne Kleikers and Michela Padovani are concerned about the lack of participation of girls in education in Senegal. Many girls, out of necessity, have to leave school before they have completed their education, aged just 12 or 13 years old. They have no possibilities to continue their (secondary) education. The most valid reasons being:-

•Their standard of Education is too low - many fail to pass the entrance examination or secondary school
•Lack of finance to pay school fees
•Need to  contribute to the family income

Therefore, many girls are being sent by their parents to the capital Dakar, to work as a housekeeper. These young girls are often exposed to the many dangers of big cities, frequently exposed to violence and often resulting in undesirable pregnancy.

Through the Diouma Senegal Foundation, Michela and Evelyne want to help in finding solutions:

Diouma Senegal Foundation has built an education centre in Thiadiaye, 100 km south-east  from Dakar. The centre has been built on a 400 m2 plot of land donated by the mayor of Thiadiaye.

This education centre gives children from 13 years onward, (especially girls) a chance to learn a profession to become dressmakers, cooks or hairdressers within 1-3 years, depending on the level of entry and the level the students wish to achieve.

In addition to subjects such as needlework and sewing, pattern cutting, cooking, serving, batik painting and hairstyling, other lessons are also included, such as mathematics, ICT and English. On top of this, the young women are also taught “life skills”, with topics such as self-awareness, empathy, relationship skills, sexual education and communication.

Every year around 40-45 girls can start the course (15 students per direction).

After finishing the education, the girls will obtain a school certificate or state diploma, depending on the entrance level of the students. This will open opportunities for employment and financial independence.

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Redesign a School

@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

Architect Pascale Sablan is sharing her experience promoting diversity and including children in the design process of redesigning a school in Haiti after the earthquake. Following the international building code in the design she is also quantifying the sustainability of the product and encouraging the audience to share their passion and knowledge with children.


This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 15, 2015.

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Growing School Gardens

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 15, 2015

What does it take to grow a community garden in schools? Hear from this passionate presenter about how she works with teachers to bring gardens into their own schools and classrooms. 

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Being Young in Kabul

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

"The reason I went back to Kabul … is I felt something was changing, something was very different, and I wanted to see it with my own eyes."

In Being Young in Kabul from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 30, Samina Ansari tells us that in March 2015, a woman was stoned and burned to death in the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. That's when Ansari decided to return to her birth country after 20 years of absence. One year later, she wants to share her experiences and observations: Kabul is more than what you see in the news.

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How I became a refugee

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

We have all seen the images of migrants arriving in Europe, but have you met one? Haroon Rezaie and his family took the risk and journeyed to the Netherlands. Now he wants to share his experience in order to give people a vision about the life of refugees and why they became a refugee. This could be either that they came by favour or they were compelled by the living circumstances to leave everything behind and start life again in a new place. This is the ultimate story to inspire perseverance and determination in any situation.

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Girls of Silver Spring, Our Future Women Leaders

@ VOL 10 ON NOV 24, 2017

Shannon Babe-Thomas is the Executive Director of Community Bridges, a non-profit that works with girls in the Silver Spring, MD area. She shares some incredible stories of the girls in her program and the amazing work that they are doing.