Q13 – answer from Zaanstad:
Media coverage of the location proposal have left you with the impression that there is great resistance to the European School locally, and as a result, you are concerned about the pupils’ wellbeing. We deeply regret that you have got this impression and we do not at all recognise our situation in this. As we will summarise below with reference to the facts at hand, the reality is different. In addition, we’d be happy to arrange a personal meeting to present these facts, answer any additional questions you may have and hopefully put your mind at ease. We would also like to invite you to visit the proposed school location and attend a presentation about Zaanstad and the location. You can do this online or in person, combined with a visit to the school location at the city hall of Zaanstad. We hope that you will get to know the Zaanstad that the locals and their children know and love: a city with space to learn and to play, where children can delve into cultural activities, where they can walk from school to the library, to dance lessons, to drama club; where there are sports facilities everywhere and where everyone can get to school safely and easily.
A number of facts:
– Zaanstad city council, which represents all residents of Zaanstad, has agreed with the
proposal of using the Overtuinen location on Provincialeweg for the European School.
– The location is outstandingly suitable for a school; nearby the city centre, the train and the bus
station, it’s easily accessible and meets all requirements and wishes of the Ministry of
Education, Culture and Science for the European School
– Part of the Overtuinen location will be used for the development of the European School. The
European School is in line with the Verkadebuurt Urban Development Plan and the plans for varied residential development. The homes that are not being built because of the European School, will be built elsewhere in Zaanstad. This has been considered in the decision-making process. In this way we enable the construction of all planned homes and the European School at the same time.
– Zaanstad has carefully prepared the proposal for the European School and consulted with a number of important stakeholders. Sound agreements have been made with the relevant education officials and the project developer, taking into account the various interests and respecting all viewpoints.
Again: we would like to invite you to visit to get to know Zaanstad, attend a presentation and visit the school location, so that you can see and experience that not only is the location perfect for the school, but also that Zaanstad is more than ready to welcome all children of the European School.
Q13– answer from Dutch Ministry (OCW):
Again, the well-being of the pupils of the school is very important to us. That is the main reason we are investing in a new construction to meet current educational standards and technical/spatial needs. We are currently assessing two locations. Both municipalities are looking forward positively to the arrival of the school. They will do their utmost to maintain a safe and welcoming environment.