Educational Toolkit: The History of Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet


Stichting Nederland Wordt Beter has been working on a teaching pack on the history of Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet since 2014. We noticed that there is a great demand for tools that help to start the discussion about Zwarte Piet, in schools as well as businesses and other public spheres.
The teaching pack is an educational tool for a substantive conversation about the Sinterklaas celebration. The lessons it contains explain about the life and the legends surrounding St Nicholas, and about the history of the celebration of Sinterklaas. Furthermore, they explore caricatures and the issues surrounding the Zwarte Piet character. 

Since we think it is important that everyone can access this knowledge, and that everyone understands why it is so important that we turn the Sinterklaas celebration into a celebration for all Dutch people, the teaching pack is available for free on our website. At the bottom of this page, you can download the users’ manual and lessons directly!

However, in order to be able to continue our work, your financial support is essential. Therefore, donations are always most welcome! Click HERE to donate.

Guest class or presentations
Do you need help facilitating a lesson? Teachers from Stichting Nederland Wordt Beter also provide guest classes, presentations, and readings on request for schools, companies, committees organising Sinterklaas festivities (intochtcomités), and other interested parties. For more information about the possibilities, and a quote, please get in touch using the contact form.

DOWNLOAD the teachers instructions of the toolkit ‘The History of Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet.

Click HERE and get started!