The foundation Het Taalhuis, a volunteer organization in Roosendaal, has set itself the goal of informally teaching the Dutch language to women whose mother tongue is not Dutch (NT2). We want to make learning the Dutch language accessible to all women.
Cycling lessons are also given, so that people can move more independently.
The foundation Het Taalhuis is managed by a board consisting of:
chairman Claudia van Pul, treasurer Ann van Melle and secretary Saglara Badaeva.
The board meets about 6 times a year to discuss policy matters.
A digicoach deals with all digital matters, digiboards, laptops, etc.
A teaching committee ensures an optimal range of teaching materials and
gives guidance to our teachers where needed.
There are regular meetings with the teachers and a newsletter is published about
6 times a year.
Since 2 April 2012 women have been welcome at Het Taalhuis to learn or improve their Dutch language and to learn how to ride a bicycle.
Het Taalhuis runs purely on the basis of passionate volunteers (and sometimes sponsors), who recognize and support the social importance of our organization.
Het Taalhuis is a non-profit organization. Tuition fees are kept as low as possible to increase accessibility.
In order to give as many women as possible the opportunity to participate in the classes, there is a babysitting service for children from 6 months to 4 years old.
Het Taalhuis is a group of people. We work together - with collegues, with students or with others. Usually this is a nice cooperation where everyone feels comfortable, without any inappropriate behaviour.
Unfortunately, as in every organisation there is a chance that on occasion things won't go as they should and there could be a case of inappropriate behaviour. Of course this can take place in varying degrees and in some cases it could be unacceptable behaviour. It is good to know that in such case, both volunteers and students can talk to someone in confidance about inappropriate behaviour. We have a confidential mediator who is always willing to listen in confidance and who looks for solutions.
When do you contact the mediator?
You can contact the confidential mediator Karin Franken directly through email address firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 06-42974244.
Previously Roosendaal had an international women's center called Nokta. However, Nokta had to close its doors at the end of 2011 due to municipal budget cuts.
Three volunteers (2 of whom were NT2 teachers) who had been working there at the time decided to continue the Dutch language lessons by starting a new foundation.
From 2012 to 2019 we were housed in the former Mariadal monastery. Due to the repurposing of that building, we moved to Cultuurhuis Bovendonk in 2019, where we have 8 beautiful classrooms and a bicycle shed at our disposal.