15-26th April 2005, members of the HOKISA team, Mrs Shirley Madlingozi and Mr Simphiwe Nkomombini, together with Dr Lutz van Dijk, visit the Netherlands and Germany by invitation of the German Teachers’ Trade Union (GEW) and the Friends of HOKISA in the Netherlands and Germany.

We are most grateful to all who made this trip a very, very special experience – meetings with many children and young people and especially the FRIENDS OF HOKISA IN THE NETHERLANDS and GERMANY as well as again the Trade Union of Education and Science (GEW) and action medeor. We enjoyed so much our encounters with the learners, teachers and sometimes even parents of the Vondel Primary School in Bussum (close to Amsterdam), the Nelson Mandela Secondary School in Dierdorf (close to Koblenz) and the Schiller High School in Cologne and also with the trade unionists of the GEW in Erfurt, Germany at the end of our journey. Many thanks to each of you!

Vondel School in Bussum, Holland
Vondel School in Bussum, Holland

Shirley, Simphiwe and Lutz with parents and teachers at the Vondel School in Bussum, Holland.


Simphiwe and Shirley play and talk with learners from the Vondel School in Bussum, Holland.
Simphiwe and Shirley play and talk with learners from the Vondel School in Bussum, Holland.

Information evening in Bonn, Germany
Information evening in Bonn, Germany

Shirley Madlingozi from HOKISA and Aki Krieger from the German Friends of HOKISA give a big smile at an information evening in Bonn, Germany.