List of NGOs
Copenhagen K, Denmark
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.
Copenhagen K, Denmark
DFKS - The national council of voluntary cultural asssociations was founded in May 2015 and includes the following nine national arts and culture associations: - Denmark 's Theatre Association - see www.dk-teaterforeninger.dk/ - Danish Children and Youth Film Clubs - see www.dabuf.dk/ - Danish Local History Association - see http://dansklokalhistoriskforening.dk/ - The Cultural Councils in Denmark - see www.kulturellesamraad.dk/ - The national society of Danish cultural centres - see www.kulturhusene.dk/ - The Association of Danish Film Clubs - see www.danskefilmklubber.dk/ - The Association of Danish Art Societies - see www.sdkunst.dk/ - The Danish Federation of Friends of Museums - see www.sammus.dk/ - The National Council of literary societies in Denmark - see www.litteraturselskaber.dk/ DFKS wishes to strengthen the visibility of the area, initiate development work, offer courses and further education, and provide documentation and statistics in the field. The local members of the national associations are associations where volunteers convey, organize, arrange, create frames, etc. for activities within the arts, culture and cultural heritage. The local members represents a myriad of arts and culture associations, where volunteers convey, arrange and create frames for activities within arts, culture and heritage; and at the same time, the actors in these activities are always professional and they consist of touring theatres, visual artists and musicians as well as culture researchers, historians, etc.
Copenhagen S, Denmark
Baltic Sea NGO Network, Denmark (formerly DANFØ) is a national network of Danish NGOs and institutions with the common goal to promote and improve conditions for developing civil society in the Baltic Sea Region. Baltic Sea NGO Network, Denmark is the national focal point in the regional network, Baltic Sea NGO Network. The regional network is governed by the Coordinating Committee (CC), and Baltic Sea NGO Network, Denmark, is a member of the committee. The regional network is planning implementation of an annual NGO Forum, which historically is linked to the establishment of Council of Baltic Sea States, CBSS. Baltic Sea NGO Forum is recognized by CBSS as a strategic partner, and the final document of the Forum is considered as civil society's contribution to the CBSS summits. Baltic Sea NGO Network, Denmark was established in 2001 under the name DANFØ following an international NGO conference in Copenhagen, the Copenhagen Initiative. The final document, The Copenhagen Declaration of the Copenhagen NGO initiative, is incorporated in the network's statutes. Since the EU enlargement, the network has focused its efforts on development of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSBSR, where it has tried to ensure NGOs in the region the best possible framework conditions for sustainable development of the civil society in the whole Baltic Sea Region.
The objective of the Ngo Foreningen Danmark-Letland is to strengthen and develop friendships between people from Denmark and people from Latvia. It is done through: personal contacts, participation in international networks (One example is The Baltic Sea Network), participation in projects, propagation of art and culture of all kinds, publication of a magazine 4 times a year (see: http://www.danmark-letland.dk/)
København K, Denmark
Folkevirke is the women's own cross-political movement of adult education. It was founded in 1944 by Bodil Koch, later minister of the church and minister of culture. The initiating point was the anger or indignation the Danish women felt after the general election in 1943 for our "FOLKETING", the Danish parliament, when only two out of the four female members were re-elected. Folkevirke has been known to bring what you would call "early warnings". Time and again a subject has been thoroughly treated in our circles and meetings, when the government sets up a campaign over the country dealing with just that issue! Right from the start our major principle has been to keep our courses cross-political, i.e. not representing any of the political parties. Also time is always set aside for discussions with the participants and lecturers, to help promoting genuine democracy. Folkevirke thinks it is important to democracy in Denmark, that everybody is heard - and that it is the argument that counts. "The word and not the sword". Folkevirke has since 1990 participated in international cooperation’s through EU-funded projects and Nordplus projects. The members of Folkevirke have a joint belief that it is important in the multi-cultural and globalized society of today to be active citizens focusing on making the values of the society visible to all. Folkevirke is the women's own cross-political movement of adult education. Folkevirke deals with subjects we find important: Environmental questions - new technologies including genetic technology - food-radiation - the challenge of migration and minorities - ethical questions - economics national level, questions arising up to the national referendum on the Maastricht treaty -literature - theatre - music - museums - art, especially women artists, and so forth. Right from the start our major principle has been to keep our courses cross-political, i.e. not representing any of the political parties. Also time is always set aside for discussions with the participants and lecturers, to help promoting genuine democracy Folkevirke has since the early 1990’s been involved in adult education at an international level – in projects in Nordplus and EU. For several project Folkevirke has been the coordinating organisation.
Danish Resources was founded in 1965 as a non-profit, benevolent organization to deal with young citizens with serious problems such as drug-abuse and deviant behavior.
The supportgroup in Denmark supports a folkhighschool in Latvia. The school is based on the ideas of Grundtvig. We make courses for older people in handicraft, for children in the summer and different kinds of art courses. We have a building in Latvia where 30 people can sleep and have the activities.
Awareness Center is active in a broad range of environmental activities with special emphasis on chemical substances. Awareness Center has access to a variety of tool to evaluate and predict properties of chemicals and their environmental behaviour. Awareness Center provides technical support, participates in research- and development activities og conducts training and educational tasks. Awareness Center is active in identification, planning and audit of projects and participates in projects. Awareness Center may well undertake the resposibility as project leader. Awareness Center has a broad national and international network and participates in project in Denmark as well as abroad. Environment is found high on the agenda and Awareness Center is devoted to actions that support a sustainable development in the local, regional and global society today as well as in the future.
"Network for Ecological Education and Practice" was founded on january 21st 1994, with the object to establish a foundation for information, exchange of experience and dialogue about initiatives in promoting a sustainable development in Denmark. This is done by informing about meetings, courses etc., and by establishing connections between projects and people. Eco-net is a member of the three umbrella organizations: “The Danish 92 Group – Forum for Sustainable Development” (25 Danish environment and development organizations), “Danish Adult Education Association” (34 national, adult education organizations) and CISU – Civil Society in Development (286 Danish development organizations)
Interfolk, Institute for Civil Society is a Danish non-profit association and private research institute, founded in 2008. The aim is to promote humanistic and democratic learning capacities in a civil society context. The activities of Interfolk include research, surveys, development projects, courses, seminars, debate activities and other cultural activities - in a Danish, Nordic and European context. Interfolk’s main area of project activity is in adult education, arts and culture and promotion of the learning capacity in civil society contexts. Interfolk has since 2008 been coordinator for 4 Danish development projects, 8 Nordic projects supported by Nordplus Adult, Culture Point Nord as well as the Nordic Council of Ministers NGO programme for the Baltic Sea region and the open programme for cooperation with Russian NGOs; and 7 EU projects supported by the former Grundtvig programme and current Erasmus+ programme and the Creative Europe programme. All these Nordic and EU programme can to some extent include cooperation with Russian NGOs. Below three typical projects are presented.