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Art and culture

Perhaps you want to learn to paint or play-act. You can then take painting lessons or join a drama club. This is often more difficult for child refugees. The drama club may be very far from the asylum seekers centre or perhaps painting lessons are too expensive. The National Foundation for the Promotion of Happiness often organises painting or drama courses in asylum seekers centres. All children can join in. The courses are free of charge. Youth Culture Fund

Money for music or drama

If you want to go to, for instance, a drama or music club outside the asylum seekers centre, then the  COA sometimes gives money to become a member. But not all the time. Then your parents will have to pay everything themselves. They have to do this from the money for living, which your parents get every week. Sometimes this isn’t possible. The Youth Culture Fund can then help. You can request money from the Youth Culture Fund this way:
  • Go to the website
  • Click on the 'regionaal' button (at the top). Look for the place nearest to your asylum seekers centre.
  • The screen that now appears informs you on how to request money. You can’t do this yourself. A teacher or, for instance, the doctor has to do this for you. You can also ask someone of the Dutch Council for Refugees to fill in the form.
  • The person who requests the money for you also enters the required information. For instance where you want to take the lessons and how much money is required.
  • If the Youth Culture Fund has accepted your application, they will send the money directly to the club. You can then begin.

A musical of children

Samenspel (combined play) is a production with music. Children of asylum seekers centres and schools play music together with children of Dutch primary schools. They do this together with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. In May 2014 the children performed in Zwolle. Queen Maxima attended! Want to see how it was? Check the website of the children’s news, Jeugdjournaal. With the 'Samenspel' project of the Dutch Council for Refugees children get weekly singing, percussion and movement classes. 

Voor en over kinderen in asielzoekerscentra

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