Beitsche Bruin-Bekius

A day in the life of… Beitsche Bruin-Bekius

This RE teacher in the Netherlands cycles to work and enjoys helping students to develop empathy – but is frustrated by her government’s constant meddling

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I teach RE at the Vincent van Gogh comprehensive secondary school in Assen, which is the capital of the province Drenthe, in the north-eastern part of the Netherlands. The city isn’t famous for anything, except maybe for its motor races.

I teach full-time, which at our school is not all that common for female teachers – especially not when they are married. In the Netherlands, more women than men work in education – except in management. Since RE is only taught one hour a week in most years, I teach about 18 groups of around 25 to 30 students. A full-time job as a teacher in the Netherlands ...

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