"Language courses accessible and affordable for everyone"
Wageningen is known for its international character with, according to the mayor, 135 different nationalities. For an inclusive Wageningen it is therefore essential that everyone can understand each other. It would be of great value to internationals that they can follow high quality Dutch courses for an affordable price. Dutch courses are also open for illiterate Dutch citizens. Connect Wageningen wants the same for English courses so that Dutch citizens are also given the opportunity to master a second language which improves job prospective. Investing in communication can reduce loneliness, increase social contact, and encourages integration. By understanding each other better, we can also get to know each other better.
Our program on integration is unique in Wageningen because the municipality does not have policy programs for integration at local level. The city council never comes into contact with this specific chapter.
We have been working on this for a long time. Mainly for the sake of promoting integration in Wageningen politics, Connect Wageningen was founded. We are also regularly present at the youth council and meet with all international students, communities and PhD communities in Wageningen five times a year. Many ideas arise from this that can contribute to integration