Refugee children from Ukraine will be integrated into offers during the summer holidays in Drensteinfurt

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By: Mechthild Wiesrecker

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Involved in the DRIWA youth organization: Chairman Carsten Grawunder (left) and Maike Schlamann (second from right) belong to the board (along with Felix Holle and Kai Hellmrich, who are missing in the photo). The cash auditors are Hannah Schlueter and Thorsten Rosendahl. © Wiesrecker

At the joint general meeting of DRIWA and the local Rinkerode youth group on Wednesday evening at the Kulturbahnhof, the two board members were confirmed in their offices after three years. In addition to looking back and looking ahead, the agenda also included the optimal integration of refugee children and young people into the holiday program as well as regular offers.

Drensteinfurt – At the joint general meeting of DRIWA and the local Rinkerode youth group on Wednesday evening at the Kulturbahnhof, the two board members were confirmed in their offices after three years. In addition to looking back and looking ahead, the agenda also included the optimal integration of refugee children and young people into the holiday program as well as regular offers.

What was possible and what was not: Anja Buthe had created three posters for events for children and young people that happened and did not take place in the last three years.  Not only pastor Jörg Schlummer (front) looked on with interest.
What was possible and what was not: Anja Buthe had created three posters for events for children and young people that happened and did not take place in the last three years. Not only pastor Jörg Schlummer (front) looked on with interest. © Wiesrecker

Mayor Carsten Grawunder praised the Kulturbahnhof team for the work they did especially during the Corona years. “Despite the difficulties, we had a fantastic holiday program during the Crown,” he concluded. We did what we could for the family. His thanks went especially to the young people who work on a voluntary basis in youth work, without whose commitment many things would not have been possible.

An important point of the meeting had to do with the children of refugees, for whom the Kulturbahnhof team wants to enable them to participate in the holiday program. Aiming for Ukrainian children, the team had invited Yuliya Krause, who, as a native Ukrainian, is involved in refugee work in Martinskirche and does an excellent job as a translator.

It is important for us to include all refugee children, regardless of their origin.

“It is important for us to include all refugee children, regardless of their origin,” Pieck made clear. Most Ukrainian children are well placed in school. Many visited OGS, which is part of the holiday program.

As a target group, he had in mind all the children and young people from the age of five. This will currently affect about 20 children and young people from Ukraine and another 32 children of primary school age from other countries. There have been discussions about offering special offers to refugee children so as not to overwhelm them.

Refugee children from Ukraine should be able to take part in holiday entertainment.  This is what the members of the DRIWA youth organization decided.
Refugee children from Ukraine should be able to take part in holiday entertainment. This is what the members of the DRIWA youth organization decided. © Wiesrecker

During the discussion it was realized that the problem was not the enrollment of children in the holiday program, but regular participation. Birgit Laubrock, who has been caring for refugee children with homework for years at the Cardinal-von-Galen elementary school, sees families as overburdened.

Sponsor for refugee children

This is where Yuliya Krause had the idea to provide godparents refugee children. These could be German children, for example, who go to the holiday program themselves, but also the families with whom the refugees live. “Refugees should be included in the normal holiday program with other children,” says Yuliya Krause. This enables integration and children get to know the culture and language better.

Refugees can register through OGS, but it is also possible for team members to go to OGS. A final decision has not yet been made here.

In order to be able to use regular offers like Café Kidz or sports offers, a leaflet will soon be created, which will be distributed to DAF and in aid of evangelical Church refugees. “We create offers, but we need them as multipliers,” Pieck made clear.

IN Election of DRIWA board, to whom automatically belongs Mayor Carsten Grawunder, the twelve members present Felix Holle, Maike Schlamann and, in absentia, Kai Hellmrich, unanimously confirmed their offices for one year. The two cash auditors Hannah Schlueter and Thorsten Rosendahl were also confirmed unanimously and in a secret ballot.

for Rinkerode Local Youth Council Sophia Kampert, Steffen Lechtermann and Stefan Walbaum (absent) were unanimous ELECTED.

It was important for members of the local youth council to keep the room downstairs in the youth home for meetings. According to members, it is the last remaining public space in Rinkerode. Not only with the aim of opening the youth club, but also with the aim of integrating offers, it should continue to be available.

The local youth council provided a positive summary of the survey on child and youth work conducted last year. According to the wish of the local youth council, this should definitely be repeated in September with the aim of realizing as many of the wishes as possible.

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