Must read articles for parents and teachers

In November, ERIF hosted its first Parent Teacher symposium in Amsterdam. The interactive day (in collaboration with the Teatro Munganga, the creators of Bino & Fino, actress and educator Anni Domingo as well as activist and educator G. Holwerda) was a great success and we look forward to organising and hosting a similar event in … More Must read articles for parents and teachers

Happy Australia Day? Three films to help you decide.

Today – 26th January – is Australia Day. Dating back to 1788, the day marks the arrival of the British in New South Wales and in present times is widely viewed as a celebration of Australia’s diversity rather than colonialism. Having said this, even if the day doesn’t actively celebrate colonialism, hiding from the true … More Happy Australia Day? Three films to help you decide.

January 2016!

Hello everyone! Happy 2016! Our brand new newsletter for January 2016 detailing our most up to date announcements is available to read here. We hope you’ll get involved over the coming year. Have a good one!  

Report on children’s perceptions of Zwarte Piet released by University of Leiden

The University of Leiden recently conducted research on Dutch children’s perceptions of Zwarte Piet (of the Sinterklaas festival) in order to establish whether or not they make associations between the character and black people. Professor Judi Mesman found that children (aged between 5 and 7) are actually more likely to associate Zwarte Piet with a … More Report on children’s perceptions of Zwarte Piet released by University of Leiden

Read the Masks. Tradition is Not Given (2009)

Long before the Zwarte Piet is Racisme campaign took off in the Netherlands, two artists attempted to stage a protest and exhibition in opposition to the racist Sinterklaas celebration. Although their protest was cancelled amid death threats and a lack of police protection, the following documentary, Read the Masks. Tradition is Not Given was still … More Read the Masks. Tradition is Not Given (2009)

Building Eritrea? Desperate for certainty and chasing choices.

“[All the guests] understood the fleeing from war, from the kind of poverty that crushed human souls, but they would not understand the need to escape from the ominous lethargy of choicelessness. They would not understand why people like him, who were raised well-fed and watered but mired in dissatisfaction … were now resolved to … More Building Eritrea? Desperate for certainty and chasing choices.