Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Belgians indignant about language course: ‘Daddy throws a bomb‘
In Belgium there is a fuss about texts in a French textbook for immigrants. In the book, already used for three years by an institution in the Brussels municipality of Anderlecht, are sentences like “Dad throws a bomb and goes to prison” and “He shows me the bomb“.
A woman helping an Iraqi refugee to integrate discovered the sentences last week and published a page from the book online. She calls the example sentences unacceptable. “Are they aware that this is about educational material that supposedly promotes the integration of these people?”
Social media is outraged. Many Belgians are ashamed that these sentences are used to teach refugees and other immigrants French. Some people think the book is fake, but the director of the educational institution where it is used has confirmed its authenticity.
The director of the Center Erasme in Anderlecht calls the texts “wrong”. In his defense, he claims that it is impossible to check all the lesson material with their small number of teachers.