More than 100 Dutch students were able to ask their most burning questions about the United States at a recent Kids’ Lecture at Humanity House in The Hague. The students attend Public Primary School (OBS) Waterland from The Hague and the School van Maas en Waal in Amsterdam. During the “KinderCollege,” the children interacted with three guests who had a special connection to the United States: anchor woman Sofie van den Enk, Sherry Keneson-Hall, Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy The Hague, and 11-year-old American Pascal, who is also fluent in Dutch.
Keneson-Hall answered questions from the children in Dutch about how the U.S. government cares for National Parks, the role of the American Embassy, and how the president influences foreign policy.
SamSam, the organizer of the event, is an educational cross-media platform that contributes to the education of Dutch children in primary schools. The Kids’ Lecture was part of a larger project about the American presidential elections. In September, SamSam published an edition of its magazine completely devoted to the United States of America. More than 160,000 children in 1,600 schools received the SamSam U.S. edition. It’s not just the kids that read the magazine; a survey showed that about 80 percent of the teachers use SamSam as a teaching tool in the classroom.
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