Their parents say they want their children to be integrated in Dutch society.
Last week, Dutch primary school pupils went door-to-door in their local community with flyers that read “we’re looking for white pupils” as part of a campaign against segregation in their education system.
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The Arab, Turkish, African, and Moroccan students attend two schools, De Avonturijn and Catharinaschool, in which more than 90% of pupils are from ethnic minorities.
Local residents in the ethnically mixed neighbourhood blame racial tensions and discrimination for the decrease in enrollments to the two schools.
Speaking to the AFP, one Dutch native pupil, 11-year-old Aminata, said she wants more white pupils in school “to learn about each other’s cultures.”
Her friend, 10-year-old Annelies, added, “It’s important for later. When we’re grown up we will have to deal with different cultures, we should already start learning to live together.”