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Belgium’s ‘MolenGeek’ transforms terror-tarnished Molenbeek


Ouassari (right) and Foulon posing for a photo at the MolenGeek centre in the Brussels commune of Molenbeek. The two say that while they’re glad MolenGeek is helping to lift the stigma from those events, their core aims are the ones they had originally – to help local youths. — AFP

Ouassari (right) and Foulon posing for a photo at the MolenGeek centre in the Brussels commune of Molenbeek. The two say that while they’re glad MolenGeek is helping to lift the stigma from those events, their core aims are the ones they had originally – to help local youths. — AFP

MOLENBEEK, Belgium: Young women and men perched in front of laptops, graffiti murals and coloured-glass walls: the MolenGeek centre in Brussels is straight out of central casting for a movie about Silicon Valley. 

But the story here is different. For the past two years it has been opening up computer skills and digital entrepreneurship to young people in one of the Belgian capital’s most deprived areas. 

   

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