Danish ”folkeoplysning”* in seven minutes

*”Folkeoplysning” is a specific Nordic tradition of non-formal adult education.

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DAEA presents a brief video telling the history of non-formal adult education in Denmark.
The video takes us from Grundtvig’s revolt against the traditional academic school with rote learning of the 17.th century to the non-formal adult education of today with its wide variety of activities. The educational ideas of Grundtvig form the basis for a completely new type of school, the Folk High Schools. 
The video displays how the Folk High Schools were part of a wider popular movement in Denmark including the formation of a large number of cooperatives, independent congregations, sports and riffle organizations, womens organizations and adult education associations. 

The main thread
The video is created by DAEA staff members Stine Hohwü Christensen and Agnethe Nordentoft in cooperation with the communication bureau Jip Jip.
Nordentoft tells about the video production: “It has been quite a challenge to identify the main thread in such a long history with a myriad of important names, organizations and event and unite them into one single narrative. We want the main thread to be easily recognized by the people working within our own sector, but on the other hand we want to tell the story so it makes sense to people outside the sector”. 

New basic course
The video is produced as an introduction to the field and is meant to be used as course material for a new basic course being created for instructors new to the job in non-formal adult education. The aim of the basic course is to introduce to the framework, values and purpose of non-formal adult education.
In cooperation with the national study associations DAEA has made and tested the new course concept.
DAEA is providing the basic course to astute staff of the national study associations. From the summer of 2016 and onwards the study associations will provide the courses at local level. The ambition is to have a really large number of new instructors, board members and other local partners participating in the basic course to provide them with a clear understanding of the sector they are becoming a part of and are to represent.
The Ministry of Culture is funding this developmental project. The funding ends in June 2016.