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Original EU article

How do you help children from ethnic minorities tackle educational deficiencies? In the Zeehelden quarter of The Hague the Bewonerscollectief Prins Hendrikstraat en Omgeving is providing computers for ethnic minority families.

The project, called “Komp-u-ter-hulp” (a play on words which also means: “comes to help you”), is aimed mainly at poor lone mothers with small children who themselves speak no Dutch, as a result of which the children are at a disadvantage when they start school.


The residents group works together with local schools. Where teachers indicate that no Dutch is spoken in a child’s home the project team offers a free computer. This is installed with all the necessary facilities including Internet access. Also installed is a special language teaching program with which children can start learning Dutch at home. For older computer users the team also install Abiword: an Arabic version of Word for writing letters and emails.

To support the introduction of a PC to a family the project team aims to arrange coaches to give two hours’ computing tuition every week.

The project is aimed mainly at women and young girls since this is where the project group has identified the greatest potential benefits. Helping them make up the gap in their education also helps them gain confidence so that they can function better in Dutch society.

In 2003 the project placed 175 computers. A further 100 computers were placed in 2004. At the time of writing these 275 computers are being used by some 1300 people.
Resources used

In 2003 the project received a subsidy of EUR 13,000 from The Hague’s city education department. A further EUR 7,000 was granted by the Integration department in 2004.

 'Til 2008 there are more than 1,000 computers installed. 
Providing free computers is now performed by Leergeld.
Until June 2017, there are 13,750 computers with Windows and Office donated to low-income families. 

Komp u ter hulp are now addressing with the guidance of dropouts and other disadvantaged young people and give them a basic course as computer repair(wo)man
But a higher level is also feasible, just like Cheska.
She was allowed for College (HBO) Business IT & Management

And Helen finded directly a job after her training

Together with other trainees, they learn how to install servers with thin clients,

exchange mail server, etc.

Social internship for students in secondary education

Those students must be able to help other people with social work for 16-20 hours. But they have to do this after school time.
For companies or organisations it's very difficult to organize these activities for a few hours a day.
We partnered students with people without computer knowledge.
Together they can plan at which time the lessons take place.
Those people learn how to work with a computer and the students fullfill their internship
A win-win situation

Contact info
Komp-u-ter-hulp website https://www.komp-u-ter-hulp.nl
Ton Mertens

Project start date

Original article on the european website


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Young people, follow their training here, from their intrinsic motivation.
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The right combination of education (challenging and stimulating) and students (motivated) is actually only found in this type of selective courses.
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