Amsterdam (Jul. 9)
When the new school year begins next month, Amsterdam’s Arab school, which has been in existence for 10 years, will become officially accredited, making it eligible for a 100 percent subsidy from the Education Ministry and the Amsterdam municipality.
The school will have about 100 Arabic-speaking students, taught by three Moroccan and three Dutch teachers. The youngsters are mainly from Moroccan immigrant families. A majority of the Moroccans, however, attend Dutch public schools which provide Moroccan or Turkish teachers.
Until now, the Arab School was funded privately as were the schools of other national minorities living in Holland, such as the Japanese School and schools for foreign children whose families are in the country only temporarily.