The education system in Suriname was limited. Even in the 20th century, native Surinamese were almost unable to follow vocational training, let alone university studies. For children of white Dutch people it was customary to go to the Netherlands for a study. When Surinamese Jews and colored people began to take better positions in society, their descendants also had the opportunity to further develop their skills in the overseas homeland. From around 1950, groups of Afro-Surinamese (Creoles) came to the Netherlands to follow a course. A little later, in the 1960s, Javanese and Hindustani residents came over.