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Youth Empowerment

– A new international leadership-training program in Denmark

We hereby have the privilege to once again invite two of Global Fellowship’s young leaders to attend a semester of international leadership training at FDF’s high school in Silkeborg, Denmark.

This year the school succeeded in establishing an international teaching program aimed at young leaders in member organisations of Global Fellowship. The first program went well and both the students and the school learned a lot. Now the plan is to carry out the second international teaching during the fall of 2015, i.e. 16th of August until 19th of December 2015.

The leadership-training program is called “Youth Empowerment” and hopes to create an international environment for young leaders, where they during their stay and studies at FDF’s high school, Silkeborg Højskole, can share knowledge and visions regarding their roles as young leaders at home in their own youth organisation. The School envisages to have young leaders from Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda Myanmar, Denmark and other Global Fellowship-member countries in this program.

Silkeborg Højskole will meet the following costs in connection to the program:

  • International flight tickets
  • Visa and visa fees
  • Transportation in Denmark
  • Food and lodging in Denmark and at Silkeborg Højskole
  • Studies at Silkeborg Højskole
  • Pocket money in Denmark
  • Health insurance in Denmark

We ask you to meet your costs at home like for instance domestic transportation in connection with the project.

How to apply
If you are between 20 -28 years of age and serve as a youth leader in one of Global Fellowship’s member organisations you can apply. Please send us an application with your CV and a motivational letter no later than 1. March to Ane Kolby Kristiansen, member of Global Fellowship’s Executive Committee, at anekolby@fdf.dk.

Be ware that the visa process to Denmark is very long and that the visa has to be granted by the 1st of July. If not, we will have to cancel the stay.

About Silkeborg Højskole – www.silkeborghojskole.dk

The School’s roots
Silkeborg Højskole was founded by FDF. The children’s and youth organisation based upon the Danish established church forms our hinterland. So the Christian view of life is part of our school. We have roots. But of course you are free in relation to our view of life. We do not make any specific denominational demands as to who you are and what you believe in. On the contrary. This is a place where you may breathe freely. By meeting the viewpoints and experience of other people you gain a deeper understanding of your own self and get an insight into the world we live in.

Silkeborg Højskole sees itself as a school deeply rooted in the folk high school traditions founded by Grundtvig. First and foremost this means that the human being and human life are decisive factors. The quality of a long-term stay at our school should be measured on whether the stay supports the individual in being a human being and becoming a fellow human being. A stay at Silkeborg Højskole should nourish the individual student’s personal development and be a practice in social responsibility. This also means that the high school as a school is an experiment: a school without exams – but still a school. Students come here to learn and become wiser, but the idea is that willing hands make light work.

An open expanse
A Danish “højskole” is an adult boarding school, and Silkeborg Højskole provides opportunities and challenges. It’s a place where you can partake in a humanly binding fellowship and meet committed, qualified teachers. Each and every one of our teachers is enthusiastic about his/her subjects and interests, and they and the rest of our staff are keen on involving you in the experience of the school as an open expanse where you can thrive.

Courses
Our courses last 4 – 5 months. You have the opportunity of choosing among some 30 different subjects, which may bring you new knowledge, train new skills and challenge your attitudes. We put emphasis on subjects such as Nature and Outdoor life, Music, Politics, Art, Sports, Third-world studies, Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Literature, Pedagogic, Psychology, Ecology, Intercultural Learning, Sociology etc.

Scenic location
Silkeborg Højskole is located on the outskirts of Silkeborg on the shore of Silkeborg Langsø, right in the heart of the unique Lake District of Jutland with hills and forestland stretching down to the shores of Silkeborg Langsø. Here you can walk, bike or paddle right into the heart of nature – or in 10 minutes you can be in the town centre with shops, train and bus links and an abundance of cultural events.

State-of-the-art facilities
Silkeborg Højskole is a modern Danish folk high school offering many fine settings for learning: swimming hall, sports hall, auditorium, music studios with digital recording facilities and practice rooms, art workshops, canoe and kayak centre, outdoor camp ground, library, wireless internet access, lecture rooms, students’ café etc.

Silkeborg Højskole as an international environment
At Silkeborg Højskole we consider international involvement a most important issue and via both instruction and social activities we try to encourage dialogue and understanding between our Danish students and students coming from different geographical and cultural backgrounds. Common activities carried out in Danish will be translated into English simultaneously.

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