How to provide a safe NEST for children in refugee centres in the Netherlands?

On Monday 30 October ICDI’s Rutger and Mathijs gave the first of two training days to team members of the newest NESTs in The Netherlands (NEST is a creative after school facility for children from asylum seeking families). NESTs are in essence safe, stable places for children growing up in difficult circumstances, where they receive psychosocial support and through creative means build their resilience. The two new NEST Centres are based in AZC Zeewolde and AZC Drachten (AZCs are refugeecamp-like facilities in The Netherlands, where people await their asylum procedure).

The ‘Nest model: a Home Away from Home‘ is an after-school programme developed in Bosnia and Herzegovina by Kinderpostzegels, IN Foundation and ICDI, and is implemented in the Netherlands by De Vrolijkeid. The Nationale Postcode Loterij supports this programme.

ICDI is supporting de Vrolijkheid in the process of establishing four Nest Centres in the Netherlands: ICDI is responsible for training, impact research, provides supervision and support to the teams.

The training delivered by ICDI focusses on various topics:

  • Introduction of the Nest model: background, philosophy and approach
  • Introduction into child development: international perspectives on child development and key features as resilience, agency and self-efficacy in children
  • Approaches in working with children in Nest
  • Child participation: what works best?

For more information on Nest please we refer to the NEST programme and the NEST model