Teaching pack: The History of Sinterklaas en Zwarte Piet

In just four short lessons, The Netherlands Is Getting Better Foundation (Stichting Nederland Wordt Beter) looks at the legends surrounding Sinterklaas (St Nicholas) and the history of the Sinterklaas celebration. The history of the creation of Zwarte Piet  (‘Black Pete’), caricatures in general, and the issues with the Zwarte Piet character are also discussed here.

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May 3rd: Day of Empathy

The Day of Empathy is meant to create more understanding for and awareness of cultural and ethnic differences within Dutch society. By awakening people’s empathy, we hope to mend the growing gaps in society. This happens by means of a varied program including speakers, music, poetry, and art.


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Workshops for inclusive education

Together with the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA) and other partners, Stichting Nederland Wordt Beter organises ‘Workshops for Inclusive Education’. During the workshops, teachers are offered tools to approach diversity in the classroom with awareness. The workshops are applicable to the everyday challenges of primary education in a practical way.

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Zwarte Piet is Racism Campaign

The aim of Stichting Nederland Wordt Beter is to turn the Sinterklaas celebration into an inclusive celebration for all citizens of the Netherlands. We strive to achieve this goal by creating awareness about the Zwarte Piet character and his role in the Sinterklaas celebration. Our ultimate goal is to make adjustments to this character.

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