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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Education in Denmark

Learn the way you are At Hørby Efterskole learning is not just about reading and listening, it is also about acting, testing and reflecting. By Signe Hansen | Photos: Hørby Efterskole

Hørby Efterskole in Frederikshavn, Denmark, which has just celebrated its 40th anniversary, focuses on drama, music and sport, but increasingly it has become the school’s special approach to learning which attracts students. School principal Mogens Vestergård explains: “Our schooling is built around the idea that students should not just be fitted into one standard learning template but that the educational methods should be adapted to fit the individual students.”

principle gradually became integrated in all aspects of school and afterschool activities.

The educational approach, which is based on Howard Gardener’s theory of multiple intelligences, was first employed by a small group of Hørby’s teachers ten years ago. But after impressive results as well as a positive response from Hørby’s 150 resident 9th and 10th grade students, the

“Fundamentally there are four groups of students: theorists, activists, pragmatists and reflectors. The way you plan a course for the different groups varies significantly and actually only about 30 per cent learn optimally through traditional approaches,” Vestergård explains. “But it does not mean

that students should stay within just one of these groups. We want our students to be able to draw on all their different possibilities of acquiring knowledge. It is all very well captured by our slogan: ‘See me for what I am and show me what I can become’.” The unique approach is furthered by the fact that students need not, as in most other schools, fix themselves on one subject but can mix the creative subjects, music and drama, with sport.

At Hørby School, students are encouraged to use their specific strengths to improve the way they acquire new knowledge.

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Dive into the culture and politics of our global world International relationships, politics and travel are at the heart of Risskov Efterskole’s new international programme, which will, literally, take its students around the world. By Signe Hansen | Photos: Risskov Efterskole

Fifteen-year-old Asta Handberg, a fellow student, also values the opportunity to see both the new and old world and appreciates the fact that the students have a say in deciding the destination of the study trips. “I think it is really exciting that we get to go to Rio and see a developing country which is right now experiencing very strong growth – to see how it really is,” she stresses.

Risskov Efterskole, a recent addition to Sansestormerne (which has functioned as a boarding school for adult home economics students for more than 100 years), is located in green surroundings ten minutes from the centre of Aarhus, with the sea just around the corner. The attractive location and exciting political and cultural activities have attracted politically engaged and internationally curious students from all over Denmark. One of them is 16-year-old Emil Rose, who says he hopes to one day work beyond Denmark’s borders; until then he wants as much exposure to the international world as possible. “I had no doubt that I wanted to do an international pro-

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attracted me because it included so many student trips; a skiing trip, the main trip to Rio and a long weekend visit to a European destination,” he explains.

Students at Risskov get the chance to immerse themselves in their favourite subjects: design, basketball, gastronomy, outdoor sports and international relationships.

gramme as I am very politically and culturally engaged, and this specific course

Risskov Efterskole also offers programmes in Food and Gastronomy, Sport and Outdoor Activities, Basketball, and Design and Stuff. For more information, please visit:

Scan Magazine | Issue 46 | November 2012  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia

Scan Magazine | Issue 46 | November 2012  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia