IN THE CLASSROOM
In schools in Europe, the USA and locally at the NGOs, we facilitate different kinds of courses. The objective is to create an understanding of the local contexts as well as enlarging tolerance concerning differences.
- Introduction project: Explanation of the country, the partner organization, Friendshifts and what we are doing together.
- Discovery boxes: With 10 objects of daily life, the children discover the other culture. They can handle the objects and read an explanation. With the help of 5 questions they reflect on the subject.
- Specific courses: On special habits, religion, children rights and education.
- Peaceable School: A project where the lessons that are learned can be applied in an interview session with children in Togo, Myanmar or Jordan.
Would you like to talk to girls from Myanmar? Or with a boy from Togo? Or children in Jordan? Would you like to know how they live? What sports they like? What kind of job they want to do when they grow up?
We from Friendshifts help children to learn from each other through contacts. We propose fun and interesting lessons for your school so you can start.
Websites on Togo
General on Togo: https://wikikids.nl/Togo https://tinyurl.com/s85cgva
A video: https://tinyurl.com/vh66k6o
School in Togo: https://tinyurl.com/tugeo8l
Nature in Togo: https://tinyurl.com/vq6o27e
Animisme as religion : https://tinyurl.com/tugeo8l
Video on dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkulafC3O7U
Websites on Myanmar
On Myanmar in general: https://blog.littlelives.com/explain-to-kids-myanmar-6835ffa0929d,
On children in Myanmar: https://www.humanium.org/en/myanmar/
On Buddhism: http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/religion/buddhism.htm
On schools in Myanmar: https://www.unicef.org/myanmar/education
Websites on Jordan
General on Jordan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWfu0BKOZ5g
On history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHrjmg1sYlM
About children: https://www.unicef.org/jordan/
On the population: https://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/jordan/location
On schools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg8U-a-TFWs
Click & see games
Click & discover colouring pictures
When Marieke was 5 years old, she saw a famine in Africa on the TV news. She decided she would go and help underprivileged children once grown up. She studied anthropology, worked in the corporate world, and sometimes as a volunteer. At 50 she joined a group of friends to develop the activities above. In January 2020 she founded the association Friendshifts in order to develop a worldwide network to maximize impact.
Everybody is welcome in our association, no matter their gender, colour, religion, race etc. We exist for everybody, also for you.
No one in the board receives any salary or compensation for their activities for Friendshifts.
Marieke van der Laan is the president and treasurer of the organization. As an anthropologist she is very interested in other cultures. Her experience as a trainer and consultant help to carry out the tasks of the association. They make her very happy.
Herodote was supported by CAST. He obtained his MBA degree in the USA and now works as Office Operations Supervisor for the USA Census Bureau. His enthusiasm, personal history and his knowledge make him a valuable member of the committee.
Hendrik is general member of the committee. He has a lot of professional experience abroad. He worked as a water and environmental engineer. For the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he evaluated projects of vocational training in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. He is very motivated to contribute to Friendshifts.
Marjan van Ham is secretary of Friendshifts. Marjan travelled in Asia and Africa and felt great affection towards the children there. She is a teacher and coordinator in a business school. Her enthusiasm and her practical approach are very valuable for the board.
Thérèse is a medical director in an insurance company and works as a family physician specialized in infants. She is pleased to advise on care for children.