Efterskole Association

Legal Type
Efterskoleforeningen
Year of registration
1969
Geography
National
The Efterskole Association is a NGO for the 250 efterskoles in Denmark. The Efterskole is a unique Danish residential school, where students from the ages of 14 to 18 can choose to spend one, two or three years to finish their primary education. For general information about the Danish school system, please see this publication by the Danish Minisry of Education Each efterskole is a self-governing independent institution and they all deal with both the educational and personal development of the students. They embrace a common educational focus on enlightenment for life, general education and democratic citizenship. The first efterskole were founded about 150 years ago. The schools were closely related to the Danish Folk High School and the educational ideas of N.F.S. Grundtvig (1789-1872) who wanted schools to provide enlightenment for life rather than formal vocational training. Read more about the history Compared to public schools the efterskole has substantial freedom in terms of eg. choice of subjects, teaching methods and educational approach. These vary in accordance with the school’s political, religious or pedagogical orientation. Freedom of the efterskole is assured by substantial state subsidies to both schools and students. One of the things that are unique about the efterskole is the teacher-student relationship. The teacher is responsible for both teaching and supervision outside of school hours. This means that teachers and students are together all day from the time the students wake up until they go to bed. This often engenders a close, personal and non-formal relationship between students and teachers. Most efterskoles offer the same subjects and final examinations as the public schools, but many focus on special subjects like physical education, music or theatre, or offer various kinds of special education. There are about 250 efterskoles spread across Denmark, mostly in rural areas or near provincial towns. At present approximately 28.500 students attend the schools, and about 20% of all Danish students attend an efterskole for either one, two or three years. Schools vary in size from 35 to 500 students but must have a minimum of approx. 120 students. The number of students has increased considerably within the last 25 years.

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Target Group

Type of Activities

Seminars, trainings, conferences Volunteering actions Teaching and international cooperation

International Projects

International Conference: The Power of Belonging
THE INTERNATIONAL TOGETHERNESS CONFERENCE IN DENMARK OCTOBER 11, 2018 The 1st Togetherness Conference explored ‘Togetherness as Motivation’ and discussed whether this might be thought of as a 21st century skill. In this, our second international conference, we shall look at the power of belonging in an educational context, at what it means to belong, at integrating individual fulfilment with collective action and social responsibility, at developing a sense of interdependence and a future in which all can belong. The focus will be on schools as spheres of belonging, on theoretical and practical approaches to activating collective self-awareness, on exploring ways in which school can reinvent itself to promote the common good. Two keynote speakers will address the reinvention of school and the challenges of belonging for pupils in school. This will lead on to a set of workshops based around real-life applications or methods associated with the power of belonging. www.togetherness.dk
Contact seminar in Riga
Two days contact seminar focusing on international cooperation and knowledge about how to work with the international dimension in the daily teaching within secondary school education – pupils age 14-18 https://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/teacher_academy/catalogue/detail.cfm?id=84602

Project Ideas

Target group
Teachers
Field of work
International cooperation - primary and secondary schools
Role of Partner
Searching for European partner schools
Preferred Countries
The whole world
Target group
Teachers
Field of work
Primary and secondary schools
Role of Partner
Contact seminar in Riga, Latvia - https://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/teacher_academy/catalogue/detail.cfm?id=84602
Preferred Countries
Russia and the rest of Europe

Interesed In

Field of work
Target Group
Adults Children and Youth Teachers and schools
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