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We pass by tens of people every day… do you sometimes wonder who those people are and what moves them

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Wake up.

Breakfast with my boyfriend, 10 minutes cycling to Fontys Pulsed, have group and one-on-one sessions with my students, develop new educational content with my co-workers, cycle to the supermarket to get dinner, have dinner with my boyfriend, walk 10 minutes to the gym, walk home, watch a show with my boyfriend.

Go to bed.

A normal daily routine for me. In which I pass by tens/hundreds of people. People where I have eye contact with or smile at sometimes, but most of the time just pass by without noticing.

Sometimes I wonder… Who are all those people? What moves them? Where are they going to? What makes them leaving their houses?

In the first two weeks of the People & Society track of our minor Embrace TEC, students will explore what moves groups in society they are unfamiliar with. They will kick-off this track with a hike through Eindhoven guided by an (ex-)homeless city guide to see and hear what being homeless involves.


The following days they will find out what moves a refugee student while walking across the Fontys campus together. Some students will accompany a woman in a wheelchair while doing groceries, what situations will they encounter together? Others will get dirty while cleaning the streets and parks of Eindhoven together with people wo experienced difficulties in finding a suited job. A small group will host a hands-on workshop for 8 to 10 years olds. And more!

How will they experience this short insights into other peoples lives?

The carcass. A well-known “building” in Eindhoven. Few people know that about 7 homeless people live here.
The carcass. A well-known “building” in Eindhoven. Few people know that about 7 homeless people live here.

A small coffee cart that drives through Eindhoven to provide homeless people with hot coffee, a sandwich and attention.
A small coffee cart that drives through Eindhoven to provide homeless people with hot coffee, a sandwich and attention.

by

Steffie Ballemans