Off topic: What does "Toeka" mean?
Thread poster: Cristina Lo Bianco

Cristina Lo Bianco  Identity Verified
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Oct 5, 2009

Hi everybody,

sorry for writing in English, but my Dutch is not good enough yet.

I am Italian, I live in the Flemish part of Belgium, and I have a three year old son who goes to school here.

I just found out on the nieusbrief from the school that they are supposed to have "Toeka-week" this week, with all kind of special activities ("knutselen, dansen, tekenen..."), but I have no idea what "Toeka" could mean. Maybe it's just some word they made out, but the school website is down, so I couldn't get any information there.

Any suggestion? I would really like to explain to my son what he is supposed to be doing when he comes home today!

Thank you in advance,
Cristina


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avsie  Identity Verified
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Special program Oct 5, 2009

I've found this website, which should help you: http://leefsleutels.be/cms/basisonderwijs/toeka/

Seems to be some kind of special program to help the social/emotional development of children.


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Anneken
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Bird Oct 5, 2009

Toeka is a kind of (human) bird, and it is indeed the central figure in an emotional development programme in school.
They also do this at my chlidren's school, they seem to love it so far...


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Sherefedin MUSTAFA
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In my opinion Oct 5, 2009

Hi Cristina,

The Macedonian word ТУКА [fon: tuka] means "here".

In my opnion the word "toeka/tuka" to childen in Belgium or other Western ountries is much more known from Pippi Longstocking "Taka Tuka Land", such as here:
http://www.thecoolhunter.net/article/detail/1287

Here you can watch and enjoy Pippi's "flight" to that imaginary land..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmHiYHEqqMI

Best regards,
Sherefedin


[Edited at 2009-10-05 15:02 GMT]


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Annabel Rautenbach  Identity Verified
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Earlier times / earlier years? Oct 5, 2009

Hi there

In Afrikaans, Toeka means earlier days, from a long time ago, yester-year. May this is what they meant!


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Cristina Lo Bianco  Identity Verified
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Thanks Oct 5, 2009

Thanks to everybody for their suggestions!
With all the information you gave me I will be able to explain to my little boy what's going on at school.

Ciao,
Cristina


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