Malburgen: Establishment of the Multi-cultural Educational – and Care Centre (MOZC)
Malburgen is an urban district in the Southern part of Arnhem with a population of approximately 17,000 inhabitants in 2000. Percentage of migrant population was ranging from over 15% to more than 35% for different parts of the district (2006).
In Malburgen the ERDF co-funded the establishment of a Multi-functional Educational – and Care Centre in Malburgen (MOZC). The aim of the MOZC is to provide neighbourhood facilities to children and their families living in Malburgen. More specifically the project consisted of the construction of a classroom for adult education, facility for day care, ICT classroom, main hall, meeting room, entrance hall, kitchen and storage space.
Construction works lasted two years (2004-2006) and the Centre entered in operation in 2007, with the provision of a wide range of activities.
MOZC activities include sport, cultural and recreational activities and services such as day care for children and care facilities for the elderly. Unique in its approach was that these were linked to a large new school complex which had to become a nucleus for social development and integration as part of the large scale urban renewal programme implemented in Malburgen. The MOZC was the first facility in Arnhem where social facilities were linked to a school complex and its example is replicated now to other parts of the city as an attempt of the municipality to increase social cohesion in the city. The MOZC shows evidence that it contributes to better cohesion in the neighbourhood by offering a range of activities in which the different communities participate.