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BROCHURE "SEMINAR IGBO WOMEN & CHILDREN 2014"

Preamble

We are the IGBO, citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, resident in the various cities of The Netherlands, acknowledging our common interest in achieving our goals and cultural welfare, re-affirming the need for co-operation with other peoples of the same nationality, dedicated to the intra-African cultural solidarity, and seeking the solidarity of humanity, solemnly resolve to live in unity and harmony.

And to carry out our cultural activities with due respect to the laws of The Netherlands.

2010 I.C.A.N. NL REFORMATION GROUP TOGETHER WITH THE FOUNDING FATHERS: MAZI TED SMART AGUZIEN, CHIEF KELVIN I. ONYENZE, CHIEF LAMBERT IGBOANUGO AND MR KEVIN C. OSUJI BELOW I.C.A.N. NL CULTURAL EXHIBITION 2011

OUR CULTURE, LANGUAGE IS OUR ETHNIC IDENTITY AND OUR PRIDE

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PROGRAM OF EVENTS

1. Welcome address by I.C.A.N. Chairman,

Mr. Lambert Ugwu, Alias Elegant

2. Introduction of the moderator presentation of cola nuts and opening prayer by Rev. fr. I.C.A.N. Vice Chairman Mr. Okey Ihedigbo
Mr. Kevin Osuji moderator

3. Introduction of the Topics designed for the seminar

I.C.A.N. Seminar committee chairman Chief Kelvin I. Onyenze

4. Lecture on Igbo custom and tradition,

SPEAKER Mr. Tony Okere

5. Lecture on Integration of Igbo people in the Netherlands.

SPEAKER Mrs. Sandra Taylord

Break: Music + Light Refreshment and Cultural Dance
6. Lecture on Dutch education system.
SPEAKER Mrs. AlberthaEzeani / Miss. Stephanie Onyenze
7. Lecture on Dutch language
SPEAKER Mrs. Emmeke Boot, Delken & Boot Interactive Taalprojecten
8. Participation of Igbo women in the labour market;
SPEAKER Mrs Evelyn. Azih, Chevelyns international BV
9. Entrepreneurship, How to organize, establish, manage a successful commercial undertaking

SPEAKERS Mr. Vincent Akachar, Envyclothing BV and Mr. Jonathan Koy, Rahidi Media Group

DATE: Saturday, 28 June, 2014  TIME: 14.00 hours prompt  VENUE: LCC LARENKAMP, SLINGE 303, 3085 ER ROTTERDAM  CONTACT US AT 0681459540/ 0686240330/ 010-4804044

Graphic design by chief Kelvin Onyenze & Associates

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INFO: ICAN NL WAS THERE WHEN THE PRESEIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, Dr. GOODLUCK JONATHAN VISITED THE NETHERLANDS.  IN FRONT H.E. Dr. (Mrs) NIMOTA AKANBI OON AMBASSADOR OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA THE NETHERLANDS

ICAN SEMINAR “IGBO WOMEN & CHILDREN” 28th JUNE 2014 Introduction Speech

By ICAN NL seminar committee chairman Chief K.I. Onyenze

I welcome you all on behalf of Igbo Cultural Association of Nigeria the Netherlands (ICAN NL). One thing commonly known about Igbo people is that igbo people are “travellers” Said in Igbo: “Igbo bu ndi ije, onye ije enweghi iro” . Said in Dutch: “Igbo mensen zijn reizigers”.
On January 21st 2012. The UNESCO predicted that the igbo language might become extinct in the next 50 years. This prediction, is a warning for all Igbo people from scholars, professors, traditional leaders to politicians. We all must take this threat very seriously, because a language is an ethnic identity, any tribe that loses its language has lost its identity and pride.

It is said by the Chinese that, “if you want to colonise a man for life, teach him your language”.

There are available evidence to justify UNESCO's prediction, the extinction of the Igbo language and Igbo Culture. Igbo people travel in large numbers out of their places of origin hometowns, because Igbo people believe that, to become successful in life, an Igbo needs to move away from his/her village to settle and make a living. Some relocate not far from Igboland for instance, to Onitsha, Asaba, Nnewi, Aba, Enugu, Owerri, Okigwe, Abakaliki, Umuahia, the largest commercial cities of Igboland to do business, to seek for employment or to acquire higher education.

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Others migrate to other parts of Nigeria such as Abuja, Lagos, Benin, Port Harcourt. Another group travels out of the country to United States of America, Europe and Asia. Some say that you can find an Igboman or woman in allmost every part of the world. Those of us who have lived outside Igboland for a long time tend to forget important aspects of our culture. Also women from other cultures married Igbo men, thanks to globalization which made intercultural marriages possible. Our (foreign) wives and children born far away from the Igbo homeland do not always have the opportunity to identify themselves with Igbo customs, traditions and the Igbo language. Parents who should teach their children Igbo language, especially those without a university education, discouraging their children from speaking Igbo language believing that it will retard or negatively affect their learning at school. English is an “international language” afterall. So they feel that learning how to speak and write good English will benefit their children more. What these parents forgot is that young children can learn many languages without mixing them up.

Every European country has its own language and that no other languages are superior to its own. “Ofe Nnem siri, di uto karisia ofe Nne ndiozo” meaning; “The soup made by my mother, is more delicious than other mother's soup” , “De soep die mijn moeder heeft gemaakt, smaakt lekkerder dan die van andere moeders”. European children are taught other languages in school, so that they can communicate with their neighbours in Dutch, German, English, French, Spanish, etc. Therefore Igbo parents should insist on teaching Igbo to their children at home, because Igbo is not among the languages children learn at school. Try to travel with the family to your hometowns during holidays to get in touch with the culture of our people.

IGBO WOMEN & CHILDREN GETTING READY TO PRACTICE A CULTURAL DANCE

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IGBO CULTURAL DANCE GROUP ON STAGE DURING THE SEMINAR

Today, during this seminar, you will have the opportunity to familiarize with Igbo custom and tradition which reflects on the position of women in Igboland. What is the position of an Igbo woman within the framework of Igbo culture? What is her role as a woman in her family? What is her role as a wife to her husband? Or as a mother to her children? Which protection does she enjoy and how is she protected in the community?

Integration of Igbo women in the Dutch custom and system

Igbo sina, “Okuko gara mba, na egi ofu ukwu eguzoro, Omatacha ala, owedata ukwuya nke ozo” “Een kip die in een nieuw terrein beland, staat altijd met een been op de grond, als de kip het nieuwe terrein heeft verkend, doet hij zijn andere been naar beneden” When one arrives in a new country, the first thing he or she will notice is the difference in language and custom. To succeed, one must speak the language to adjust to the new environment and the foreign system. These constitutes challenges, such as differences in communication, labour market and education system.. These challenges pose some difficulties due to the differences. In Nigeria the education system follows the British pattern, which is different from the Dutch education system. To overcome them, you must put in extra time to get all the right information.

Igbo sina “Anaghi agba aka, ahu nwata eze” “Degene die het eerste melktandje ziet, moet iets offeren” How well are you integrated into the Dutch system? Are you aware of the social activities going on in your neighborhood? How well do you command the Dutch language? Are

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you familiar with the social facilities and amenities made available by the municipal council for your integration? Do you know how or where to go for all your issues?

“To be forewarned, is to be forearmed” ,“Een gewaarschuwd mens telt voor twee” zeggen ze. “Ukpara okpoko gburu, nti chiri ya”. This seminar is designed to address some of the social issues and answer some of the questions which Igbo people are confronted with in the Netherlands.We sincerely believe that, this seminar will demonstrate our willingness to promote our culture in the Netherlands, contribute towards its conservation, ensure the continuity of igbo language by passing on the baton to the new generation of Igbo youths in the Netherlands.

Encourage our members to improve their life standard and offer assistance where necessary. Why? because I.C.A.N. NL is an organization that cares for its members, I.C.A.N. NL took it as a responsibility to contribute in its own way to the welfare of Igbo people in the Netherlands. Therefore, I beg you all to give the speakers your listening ears, the message, information in their speech could make a difference in your lives tomorrow.

Thank you all for listening.
God bless Nigeria, God bless Ndi-Igbo, God bless Netherlands, long live I.C.A.N. NL.

Chief Kelvin Ikechi. Onyenze, (Aku na ese okwu 1 of Isi Orodo) Mbaitoli L.G.A. Imo State Nigeria

I.C.A.N. NL CULTURAL MASQUERADE DANCE GROUP PERFORMING AT THE SEMINAR

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Introduction to Igbo Culture delivered by Okere Anthony( researcher/writer ) Humanity Journals, Contact; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Culture is an intellectual achievements of a civilization. Perpetuation of these cultural experiences culminating from attempts to subdue challenges arising from our surroundings through values, opinions, belief, customs, rites, environment, death, birth, etc describes tradition of people. Igbo people of Igboland is located in the east of Nigeria, West Africa. And their culture is one of the oldest culture in the sub-saharan Africa. Though for decades it has continued to suffer from decay, cultural erosion, ignorance and religio-crazy which in itself is a prediction of cultural destitution if unchecked.

Igbo culture in our every day lives in areas as Birth, Death, Law, Land, Land Ownership and Inheritance, Masquerade, Huwelijk, Family ties and Lineage, Igbo Calendar and Igbo Numeration, Annual Festivals, Taboo and Abominable acts, Kola nut, Sacred Animals, Signs and symbolical communication, Idiomatic expressions, Dialects, Womanhood, Manhood, Umuada and Anutara -di, Salutation, Recognition and titles, etc were researched on and extensively discussed by Researcher and Creative Writer Anthony Okere (Humanity Journals)contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Culture as a human developmental factor

Over the long course of human history, culture has always been the human strategy for survival and success. Culture is largely a matter of habit, our actions and choices, our ways and responses to life. Igbo people are well known for their trade and commercial successes. There is this culture of inter-dependence and social responsibility. Individual and communities come together to form associations, unions and clubs to mobilize energy for the development of their communities and interests. Through such programs, schools, hospitals, roads, rural electrification, social centers, and drinking water were made possible especially after the war with no government presence or assistance.

A culture of working together and sharing success together
Friends or relatives develop agreements to assist one another or work for a period of time so as to be assisted to get established. In this way many who are NOT able to attend school were made very relevant and successful in the society, as they opted to learn a particular trade. There are many instances of cultures that have enhanced our economic and social opportunity, i.e. , keeping timet (promptness), integrity etc. However some cultures will be considered as retro- progressive in nature.These includes the culture of; Tribal Marks, Some taboos, immoderate tattoo, Outcasts, Social discrimination (OSU) Body Piercing and Slavery.

Since culture as a social element is a creature of human and animal actions aimed at proffering solutions to challenges of the age. The more civilized and positive our choices and actions become, the more a culture that is more humane and development supportive we have. For instance, OSU describes a person, whose descendants date back to hundreds of years sought protection and refuge in gods and Shrines in an age where there is no law enforcing institution. Fear of being sold as a slave or being taken as war prisoner prompted many to evolve strategy for

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safety.
In today ́s modern world, in some isolated communities and instances in Igboland, people are still being discriminated on the bases of what can be described as the choices and actions of their distant lineage in dark ages in the name of culture, tradition or religion, a sorry story of social backwardness and ignorance with high negative economic consequences Piercing, body Marks and modes of dressings have proved to constitute social cum economic constraints especially when unguardedly employed.

Gender issues in Igbo Culture
The contents of gender characterization may differ across cultures and even within a culture. Fundamentally, women and have a well defined roles in an ideal Igbo culture and society. Umuada and Anutara di which are old as Igbo history serves as effective platform to actively participate in the society building. Some of the women activities have been explored in a chapter called womanhood(Humanity Journal )This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Igbo society is principally based on lineage and kindred, Children that perpetuates the lineage is the dream come-true for many. Children are always celebrated but for the challenges of poverty. They are seen as the future of the family and the larger society. There are more educated women than men in Igboland, which is an indication that there is no real gender kwestie. Children raised with Igbo cultural values tend to develop extra ability to decode symbolical communication. Cultural characterization such as: kneeling down, Finger whistle, Mouth whistle, Bowing, can be deployed effectively by women, children and ALL to evoke feelings and sentiments during conversations. I greet all women present with their children, all ICAN members and guests for this opportunity.

Greetings

Mazi O . Anthony (Researcher/Writer) Humanity Journals

I.C.A.N. NL Vice Chairman Hon. John Okey Ihedigbo and Mr. Kevin C. Osuji

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MRS. SANDRA TAYLORD AND FRIENDS AT THE DANCE FLOOR

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Integration

My name is Sandra Taylord, wife, mother of 4, mentor, motivational speaker, event coordinator, fashion judge, I speak 7 languages, and some few Igbo word. Born in Haiti, grew up in New York City in the USA.

I am honoured, to be part of today’s great event organized by I.C.A.N. NL, to talk about integration. This falls within my area of interest largely because I have travelled and lived in many European countries including the Caribbean, with a great passion for bringing people together, and zeal in uplifting and, encouraging them to move forward in a positive manner in their everyday life.

Integration basically, is the act of bringing people with different racial and ethnic backgrounds into one unrestricted and equal society. This indeed is applicable to people who come to the Netherlands to live or study as the case maybe. In this regard, if one chooses to come to the Netherlands, it is absolutely imperative to be mindful of the fact that, there are some unavoidable challenges bound to be encountered and as such, must be willing and without any equivocations, to embrace and confront these challenges with vigour . This will not only ensure quick adaptation, but also will help one move on with life in their new-found country, and make it a “home away from home”.

Take language for instance as one of the challenges, for any immigrant to function efficiently in the Netherlands, such person must learn how to speak the Dutch language. It will not only be helpful in your everyday life, but will also play an important role in socializing with other folks. Even when it’s obvious that a reasonable percentage of Dutch people speak decent English, its important for every immigrant to constantly engage in conversation with the Dutch language, continue to watch Nederland TV channels ,Endeavour to obtain your inburgeren courses exams. Information regarding this could be obtained in the city hall (Gemeente).

For some settlers in the Netherlands, the integration process commenced even in their countries of origin, hence they need an authorization temporary stay(MVV) to be able to travel to the Netherlands. To obtain this document, such individuals must pass the civic integration exams abroad. Integration is also about changing our personal mentalities , for example the idea that some people should dwell in the illusion of “what the country can do for them instead of the dynamics of what they can do for the country”. Same principle of positive mind-set should also be extended to our countries of origin. Let us share with them our strength and weaknesses, especially those good things we have been able to learn in the Netherlands. Those of us who have the opportunity of having children here in this country, especially those whose kids are in school , should find time to engage with their teachers, share with them your ideas and thoughts. Most importantly, plant positive seeds in the mind and heart of your child by teaching them how to be respectful to other people. “ What you put in, you take out”. It is a philosophy of life. In this country, ‘every door is a door of opportunity’, all we need do is to make wise choices, choices based on principle that leads to character . By so doing, we have not only shown the strengths of our wisdom, but also succeeded in projecting the image of our countries of origin.

Thank you for listening .
God Bless the I.C.A.N, God Bless the Igbo people
God bless this beautiful country (Holland) As we can proudly call it our home.

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I.C.A.N. NL WOMEN AFTER PRACTICING A CULTURAL DANCE Women & Children Seminar 2014:

Schooling in Netherlands

My name is Alberta Wilson, wife of Emmamnuel Ezeani PRO I.C.A.N. NL. A proud mother of 2 children. I have a degree in management. I am presently working as a chief accountant in a shipping company and also exercising my passion @ Albertina cakes; which is catering & decorating. You name and i make it. I am honoured to be one of the guest speakers this evening, hope you all enjoy.

General overview

Compulsory education in the Netherlands starts at the age of five, although in practice, most schools accept children from the age of four. From the age of sixteen there is a partial compulsory education ; meaning a pupil must attend some form of education for at least two days a week. Compulsory education ends for pupils at the age of eighteen or when they have completed a degree.
Public schools, special schools and religious schools are government financed. All schools
receive equal financial support from the government if certain criteria’s are met. Although they are officially free of charge, these schools may ask for a parental contribution (ouderbijdrage). Private schools rely on their own funds, but they are highly uncommon in the Netherlands.
Public schools are controlled by local governments. Special schools are controlled by a school board and are typically based on a particular religion; those that assume equality between religions are known as general-special schools. These differences are present in all levels of education.

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A special school can reject applications of pupils whose parents or caretakers disagree with the school's educational philosophy, but this is uncommon. In practice, there is little difference be- tween special schools and public schools, except in traditionally religious areas. All school types (public, special and private) are under the jurisdiction of a government body called Inspectie van het Onderwijs (Inspection of Education) that can demand a school to change its educational poli- cy and quality at the risk of closure.

Elementary school

Between the ages of four to twelve, children attend elementary school (basisschool). This school has eight grades, called group 1 through groep 8. School attendance is not compulsory until group 2 (at age five), but almost all children commence school at age four (in group 1). Groups 1 and 2 is kindergarten ( "toddler's school”).From group 3 upward children learn how to read, write and do arithmetics. Most schools teach English in groups 7 and 8, but some start as early as group 4. In group 8 majority of schools administer an aptitude test called the Cito & Entré Eindtoets Basisonderwijs, developed by the Centraal instituut voor toetsontwikkeling (Central Institute for Test Development), which is designed to recommend the type of secondary education best suited for a pupil.

In recent years, this test has gained authority, but the recommendation of the group 8 teacher along with the opinion of the pupil and its parents remain a crucial factor in choosing the right form of secondary education. Tip of advice: group 7 is also a very challenging year. The Cito & Entré test is also administer in group 7. Realistically speaking as from Group 7 your child knows his or her Faith. Group 8 is more of a repetition year. Before starting elementary school i recommence you parents to visit the website of Inspectie van het onderwijs. Studying the history of the school and knowing the religion of the school is very important. That website will confirm if the elementary school you have chosen is up to it’s standards in education or not.

High school

After attending elementary education, children (by that time usually 12 years old) go directly to high school (voortgezet onderwijs). Informed by the advice of the elementary school and the results of the Cito test, a choice is made by the pupil and its parents.

When it is not clear which type of secondary education best suits a pupil, or if the parents insist their child can handle a higher level of education than what was recommended to them, there is an orientation year to determine this. At the end of the year, the pupil will continue in the normal curriculum of level. Since the Dutch educational system does not have middle schools or junior high schools, the first year of all levels in Dutch high schools is referred to as the brugklas. The brugklas connects the elementary school system to the secondary education system.

During this year, pupils will gradually learn to cope with the differences between school systems, such as dealing with an increased personal responsibility.

Selective secondary education

Secondary education, which begins at the age of 12 and is compulsory until the age of 18, is offered at several levels. Pupils are enrolled according to their ability. When your child /children finish the secondary level they will hopefully continue to higher education. Higher education in the Netherlands is offered in two types of institutions: hogescholen and universities.

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Why daycare is important

Despite the fact that it is costly but you can apply for Financial assistance from the belastingdienst. Daycare teachers are all gediplomeerd they help learn your child how to comminicate & socialise with other children. Why daycare is also very important they speak dutch language with the children. Some of us parents just speak our native language at home. A child who does not speak the dutch language at home or didn’t attend daycare is 1500 words backwards comparing to a child who attended daycare and practise the dutch language at home.

Assisting & motivation

Your child/children starts elementory school and some parents think that it is the responsability / duty of the teacher to educate that child.”WRONG” As parents that is your respondsability techers just gaves us a helping hand. If you want your child to score well when it is time for ENTRÉ & CITO Test in group 7 & 8 then it is your duty to assist your children. It is very important to motivate your children. Yes i understand that sometimes you might be tired from a long day work are tired from running behind the younger ones, just try and make that free time. Sometimes they don’t need our full attention but just a listening ear and that is called one one attention.

Tips

Here in the Nederlands there are organization where u can visit for assistance. Some children loves sports and some loves to play an instrument. I admit these are 2 expensive hobbies. But unfortunately some parents cannot afford it because of one reason or the other. I am here to enlighten you that there are organisation who can assist for example “jeugd culture fonds” it is an organization that can assist in paying for the fee for that instrument class or sport class for the whole year, but u need the assistance of a school social worker. As i said before the ouderbijdarge that we parents pay elementary schools is not compulsary. But when your child reach the age to go to middlebaar onderwijs the expenses increases. Books & school fee have to be paid for etc. Nevertheless there are also organisations to ask for assistance for the paying of the school books & school fee etc. The only trick in the game is that the organizations always look at the parents income. If both parents are working your request can be denied or minumized and parents who are receiving a minimum loon can quiker be qualified. During highschool and Universaty you can apply for DUO (studyfinance) and when receiving DUO your child is allowed to have a bijbaan. Your child can apply for this fund as from the age of 18 until age 30. Four years after graduating or not your child will start paying back the studyfinance fund if she or he had received it.

I would like to thank the listening ears and i hope that my information is usefull in any sort of form & manner.

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I.C.A.N. NL CHILDREN CULTURAL DANCE GROUP, UMU-OMA UNU EMELA OO UMUADA IGBO FROM AMSTERDAM DURING I.C.A.N. NL WOMEN & CHILDREN SEMINAR 2014( UMUADA IGBO EYI OOOO)

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Higher Education in Netherlands

My name is Stephanie Onyenze and I am a student at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. I study International Business Administration. As one of the speakers during this seminar I am going to talk about Higher Education in the Netherlands.

Choice

When choosing a course two questions arise: what to study and at which university. In secondary school every student has to choose an area of expertise. This choose determines what study your child can do. For instance if your child picked an Economy & Maatschappij profile, it cannot do medicine. Since Economy is not in line with medical school. However if your child picked Natuur & Gezondheid it is eligible to go to medicine school. It is important to let your child do what they want to study. No one wants to be trapped in a profession he or she dislikes or was forced into. Next to lawyer, doctor, engineer and accountant there are other options. Most of Nigerian parents only know these main courses, but do not understand that there is more. If you look in terms of the ease to find a job dentist, pharmaceutics science, medicine and electro technics score best (Study & Werk, 2013) . Since there is a shortage in the market for these people. Looking in term of salary dentist, econometrics, fiscal economy, fiscal law and medicine score highest ( Elsevier). These are factors one should consider when choosing a profession. No one wants to end up jobless after investing much money in their education.

After you have chosen a course it is now important to look which university provide the best education. Rankings show that TU Delft is the best university to go to for a technical study. Leiden is the best when studying law and Erasmus is best for economic and financial studies like business and fiscal law.

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Admission

Because your child is eligible to do a course does not mean he or she will get to do it. Not all studies have an “open-door” policy. There are two other options that make it harder to enter university. The first one is “Selectie aan de Poort”. This means that the study pick their students based on a procedure. My course IBA was a “selectie aan de Poort” study. I had to write a motivation letter, had to pass math with an average of 7 or higher and I needed and average of 7 and higher. Studies do this if there is a high demand for students to do the course. Last year 1339 students applied for the IBA course, but only 400 got chosen. In order to pick the pest student these procedures are required.

Another option is Numerus Fixus which can be classified in two classes. This method is mostly used for studies that can accept a big number of students based on a fixed number. These studies do this to not overcrowd the job market with a specific profession. Law and medicine tend to do this. The first way is with a random draw. Students with a higher average will have a higher probability to get chosen for this course. Another way is with the “decentrale loting”. This looks a lot like the “Selectie aan de poort”, but it gives preferred spots to outstanding students from the total number of admissions. For instance if medicine has an occupancy of 1200 students 80% of the students will be chosen by the “decentrale”. The remaining part will be picked using a random draw. “Decentrale” is becoming more and more important, but not all students are eligible to do it. There are certain criteria. To stay in the example of medicine, students need to have done a 2 year internship at a healthcare institute and extracurricular activities. They need to write a motivation letter, then go on an interview and then do a pre-test. If your child has done this successfully it will be secured of a spot.

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Payment & Enrolment

Congratulations your child got in to university! Now a considerable amount of paperwork has to be done. First he or she has to apply for a DigID. This is an electronic identity that gives your child excess to all government sites. With this it can apply for a student loan at DUO. First this loan was a gift, but anno 2014 it has changed into a loan. So everything what your child lends has to be paid back to the government with an interest. After your child finishes his or hers study and started working. To DUO a copy of the high school diploma has to be send, so the educational institute can verify if your child passed or not. Studielink is a site where the enrolment takes place. It gives you an overview of the steps that need to be taken when applying for a course. It also give you the option to do monthly payment for your study.

Student life

Student time has been said to be the best time in one’s life. It is key to make the most out of it not only to meet new people, but to gain certain advantages that can help you in the future. There are many student associations and study associations. Student associations are mostly for fun, meeting new people and parties. They have initiations. Do not confuse them with the Nigerian colts, because student association are useful. They help your child built a network. Many politicians and powerful business men were in student associations like ex-minister Balkenende. These people can be a valuable asset later when looking for a job. Study associations are study related. They organize parties, study trips and study related activities. Being an active member at

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these associations look good on one’s resume. Being a passive member is also beneficial for deduction on books and other study material. Parents should not interfere in this part of a child life. Help and advice is good, but control and rigidities can work against them. Let your child free and let them explore the student life. Step in when it is going wrong, but do not set the path that your child needs to go. You can give them the bricks, but let them build the house!
I hope this was helpful!
Kind regards,
Stephanie Onyenze

Delken & Boot Interactive Taalprojecten

Hallo, goedemiddag, mijn naam is Emmeke Boot.
I am the owner of Delken&Boot language training school Rotterdam. My business associate is Ellis Delken. Her husband and the father of her child is Francis Agu from Nigeria. Unfortunately they are not able to be with us today because of the fact that they are on Holiday in Denmark. Delken&Boot is a language training school for Dutch as a second language. We organize courses from the Netherlands all over the world. By skype, by face to face lessons, individual and in group training with qualified teachers but with the help of volunteers from Nigerian people who are very well integrated in the Netherlands.
Integration is the keyword. Integration starts by learning our language and knowing more about traditions and culture. From Delken&Boot’s experience as a language bureau, the ignorance of Dutch language poses a great problem for foreigners such as Nigerian women and children in issues like child upbringing, communication, finding job and schooling in the Netherlands. The idea here is to explain to you certain ways how these problems occur, and to offer possible

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solutions.
You can ask yourselves certain questions: have you really integrated in the Dutch society? What are the obstacles? How many of you can speak Dutch sufficient enough to excel in the labor market? Have you utilised the opportunity provided by an integration course or so called inburgeringscursus? The inburgeringscursus is an obligate course for people who want to live in the Netherlands. You have to do an exam in speaking, writing, reading and listening, but you also need knowledge of the Dutch society like History, school system, daily life and how to find a job in the Netherlands. Most of the exams are at the computer. So you need computer skills as well. The level of speaking is the A2 level. Maybe many of you did this already. But you need more. More language to get to a higher level to have a better position on the labour market.

The learning of the new language depends on four basic factors: motivation (e.g. the prospect of increased income), access (e.g. opportunities for contact or availability of courses), skills (e.g. general intelligence or particular ability to learn languages) and the costs associated with learning (e.g. time involved, pressure to assimilate). Motivation: your motivation can be the upbringing of your children in the Dutch society. Your children go to the Dutch primary and the secondary school. They will study here and have Dutch friends who will come to your place. They want to do iceskating By the way can you answer these questions about the 3 most important sports in the Netherlands? Can you answer the question about the most important Holidays (feesten) voor children? Sinterklaas, Verjaardagen or celebrating Birth with this special treats
(beschuit met muisjes)

Another motivation to learn the language can be participation : labour or work as a volunteer at the school from your children. Meaningfull work!! You are needed at the primaryschool basisschool !! But also to talk with the teacher and to support your childeren. The acces to courses can be very easy. There are many possibilities. After a free intake at your house we will talk about these possibilities, and the learning programma and the budget Skills: intelligence we will determine your skills if you are a fast learner, or do you need more time.

Costs: A language school with the Blik op werk certificate like Delken&Boot allows you to get a loan from the Government. Learning Dutch must be fun. Learning in a group is fun. You will make friends, you will learn everday communication in particular in the context of communication and the labour market. Together you can build a network, wich is so important.

Language is the key to integration. 3 keys words that start with the letter G. There is a lot of G in our language (see power point) Let us try some exercises TPR Total physical response (power point) In summary, language is significant in the integration of foreigners into host societies, and plays a particularly significant role in the process of individual and societal integration.

I hope that by gathering here today we can agree on one thing - language is the key to integration. For that reason you have to take concrete steps towards improving your integration in the Netherlands. Delken & Boot is open to more information regarding inburgering, so you can always contact us.

Ellis Delken and Emmeke Boot
Delken & Boot-interactieve taalprojecten Rotterdam/
www.delkenboot.nl / 003110-422 1481

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How to organize a successful business?

Hello everyone, my name is Jonathan Koy. I’m the co-founder and CEO of Rahidi Media group. And I’m going to tell you about running a successful business. Despite the fact that we don’t have a multi-million dollar business yet and despite the fact I still travel with the bus, like the most people. But I’m sure that I do know how to organize a successful business. We have made so much mistakes that now I at least know what not to do during certain situations. Forget the principle of winning or losing. It’s about winning or learning. And about that you are a winner, regardless of how soon the success arrives. It’s about having patience and never giving up.

Organizing a successful company starts with a vision.
That’s the key secret to have a multi-million dollar business.
Question to the crowd: What is a vision? Let’s discuss that first. Could you give me your interpretation? All answers are correct, I’m just curious about everyone’s interpretation. If you have a pen and paper write it down, you can learn from each other.
It is my belief that vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others at first. Don’t you see it? If we analyze Apple’s vision, what do we see then? We see the following thing: Apple’s vision is to create beautiful and easy to use technology. It sounds simple, but there is a proberb that says that simplicity brings the most difficulties. 10 years ago we had to carry a cell phone, a watch, a pager, a calculator, a map. Do I need to continue with summing up tools? Apple merged all these tools in one multifunctional device, that is called a iPhone.

How about our vision?

We came up with our vision a few years ago. We noticed something in the video production section. We noticed that many companies at the time that were getting their corporate films produced weren’t happy about the end result of their product. The reasons of their unhappiness were understandable.

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The companies complained about video production companies being disobedient and having their one will in the creative process with small things like for example the choices of certain effects. We felt that we had to offer them justice. We felt that we had to offer those companies a service that would be good to be true. So we came with the vision: “Making the customer part of our team while achieving the best within the customer’s budget”. We had the urge to give customers the feeling that they are in control of their own product. We then came up with the name Rahidi through a research we did. We knew that we wanted to give the African reputation a boost. Rahidi means wise counselor and this was associated with our vision.

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We knew that we wanted to legally start a company, so we passed by the notary to process our documents. We wrote a business plan, while waiting for the notarially act. After three weeks we received the notarially act, that we had to take to the Chamber of commerce. After that we were officially a company. We looked for investors to pitch our business plan, but we were lucky that we already had good relations with the Rabobank, due to my internship there. So they helped us with the little start-up capital that we needed. I would recommend starters or potential starters to make up a good business plan and take the business plans to several banks, like the Rabobank or ING. They will not reject your business plan, if your business plan is justified. The chamber of commerce also offers informative days that can help you start up your company. That’s where vision comes in handy. The investor wants to be sure that your business can pay back the invested capital.

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Igbo people are well known for their trade and commercial successes. There is this culture of inter-dependence and social responsibility. Individuals and communities come together to form associations, unions to mobilize energy for the development of their communities. Over the long course of human history, culture has always been a human strategy for survival. (by mazi, mazi)

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Vision must come true

How to turn your vision into action. Be the best at what you do. Don’t settle for less. Give your customers a product that is too good to be true. Make them disciples of your work. In our case, we have done a Rabobank commercial. The thing is that they wanted a modest report of the chief of Renault Indumij awarding the chief of Rabobank three hybrid cars. We told them that we wouldn’t settle for less and we made this report look like a commercial that would’ve cost them at least hundred thousand dollars. In this process we sent them previews on a daily basis and we allowed them to make as much adjustments as they wanted. This news made several companies that spread the word. At present, this video is being used at the headquarter of Renault in Paris by their sales department. This can be a result of proving your vision.

Expansion: At this point, we have expanded our company, so we aren’t restricted to a certain section. Rahidi Media Group, now also provides customers animation videos, mobile apps, branding plans and even new concepts.

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I.C.A.N. NL EXECUTIVE 2014

Mr. Lambert Ugwu, Alias Elegant (Chairman) Mr. John Okey Ihedigbo (Vice Chairman)
Mr. Kenneth Ejimkonye Jones (Secretary General) Mr. Ben Brown (Assistant Secretary)
Mr. Felix U. Okoye (Financial Secretary)
Mr. Polycarp Ezeagu (Treasurer)
Mr. Emma Ezeani (P.R.O.)
Mrs. Ngozi Okoh (Ass. P.R.O.)
Mr. Paul Umegboro (Provost)

Mr. Emeka Chikwendu (Ass. Provost)

I.C.A.N. NL SEMINAR COMMITTEE 2014

Chief Kelvin I. Onyenze (chairman) Mr. John Okey Ihedigbo
Dr. Chukwudi Agu
Mr. Anthony Okere Madam. Ngozi Okoh
Mrs. Evelyn Azih
Mr. Kevin Osuji (moderator)

Mr. Allen Anya Agwu

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A culture is an intellectual achievements of a civilization. Igbo culture is one of the oldest culture in the sub-Saharan Africa suffering from cultural erosion, ignorance and religio crazy.

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THE HISTORY OF IGBO CULTURAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA THE NETHERLANDS I.C.A.N. NL

Igbo cultural Association of Nigeria the Netherlands was formed twenty years ago June 1994, by Mr. Kevin C. Osuji, Chief Kelvin Ikechi Onyenze, Chief Lambert Igboanugo and Mazi Ted Smart Aguzien patriotic Nigerians and proud Igbo people.
During a discussion the idea to establish a forum to bring together and unite all Igbo people living in the Netherlands came to life. It has been the objective of these founding fathers to create a base for cultural exchange and practice of our diverse cultural

heritage. Realizing the importance of such a forum for them and the new generation of Igbo people living in the Netherlands. These men made up their minds to go for it. Seeing the development of I.C.A.N. NL today they thanked the almighty God that they did not labour in vain from the day of conception to the day of birth of I.C.A.N. NL on December 1994. In its twenty years of existence, I.C.A.N. NL cultural activities has brought joy into the lives of Igbo people in the Netherlands. I.C.A.N. NL brought Igbo culture in the Netherlands to the limelight, being a forum for unity, progress and cultural uplifting of Igbo people in the Netherlands. Therefore, to achieve the aims and objectives of the founding fathers, I.C.A.N. NL leadership should consist of people with the fear of GOD. Men of integrity, honesty, accountability, people guided by the principle of justice and

equality.

FORMER I.C.A.N. NL PRESIDENTS : 1. Chief Lambert Igboanugo (1994-1997) 2. Chief Kelvin I. Onyenze (1997-2001) 3. Mr. Longinus Ogueri (2001-2005)

4. Mr. Nnamdi Izundu (2005-2007)
5. Ogbuefi Paul Ugada (2007-2010)
6. Mr. Chigozie Onyema (2010-2012)
7. Mr. Lambert Ugwu (2012- Oct. 2014)
8. Election of the next president (2014-2016)

Mr. Chukwudi Onuoha

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IGBO CULTURAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA THE NETHERLANDS

I.C.A.N. NL ADDRESS : 34 DIESSELSTRAAT 3075CC ROTTERDAM

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K.v.K : REG. NR. 40347841 ROTTERDAM BANK ACC : ING B0008274288
FACEBOOK : icannl

This Brochure is designed & produced by chief Kelvin I. Onyenze & Associates FOR

IGBO CULTURAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA, THE NETHERLANDS (I.C.A.N. NL)