The efterskole is a unique one-of-a-kind school concept. But what is it? How does this school differ from other schools? And how did this school tradition originate? This type of school is known for its focus on transformative development of young people, its value of enlightenment rather than formal education, and is today becoming increasingly popular internationally. Read more about where and how it was established and how 拉努姆-埃弗特斯科尔学院 在这一传统的基础上发展。
丹麦, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. Denmark, which is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries. It consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand, Funen and the North Jutlandic Island. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway and is bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark is constitutionally a unitary state comprising of Denmark and the two autonomous territories in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark has a total area of 42,943 km2 as of 2020 and the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2. Denmark has a population of 5.83 million and is a thriving democratic culture and society shaped by its Nordic traditions and strong welfare system where all citizens have equal rights to social security, health and education. Denmark is often referred to as one of the world’s best places to live due to the high level of equality, trust and freedom – and not to forget one of the happiest countries in the World.
Despite its relatively small size, Denmark has throughout history managed to reinforce its position in the World as a country where great inventions, creativity, art and ‘hygge’ have sprung from. Who do not remember the great fairytales from the mind of Hans Christian Andersen, recognise brands such as LEGO, MÆRSK or Pandora, or maybe even seen the great wings of the Vestas wind mills that are part of the renewable energy that covers over a 1/3 of Denmark’s electricity consumption produced by wind power?
Its location in Northern Europe and its many connections to other European countries and the rest of the world, offers many opportunities for further exploration and continuation of studies.
The Danish Efterskole Concept
丹麦efterskole于1851年由克里斯滕-科尔德根据丹麦著名诗人和牧师N.F.S.Grundtvig（1783-1872）的教育思想创立，他创立了丹麦的民间中学。格伦特维的教育思想是提供 "生活的启蒙"，而不是正式的职业培训。格伦特维格希望学校能唤起学生对自己和自己在生活中的地位的理解。叙事和 "活生生的文字 "被赋予了先前分配给书籍的有利地位，教师将通过谈论生活、历史、诗歌和神话来启发学生。格伦特维（Grundtvig）打算把民间中学办成成年人的学校，而科尔德则希望在年轻人进入青春期的时候就能接触到他们。150年后的今天，efterskole仍然是为14-17岁的学生设立的，每学年有超过3万名学生参加丹麦260所efterskole中的一所。
The Efterskoles in Denmark has changed quite significantly since the first founded by Kold and they differ from each other in terms of what they can offer young people. Nevertheless, the efterskoles will all share the key values of focussing on both the student’s educational and personal development. The efterskoles are today still based on the idea of combining academic learning with “life-learning” as a preparatory tool for all aspects of life, as well as facilitating an understanding of “the individual in a community”. Solidarity, community and unity are key concepts within the Danish efterskole. It is inherent in the culture of many efterskoles, that they be a reflection of societal diversity and thus shall offer a variety of opportunities for personal, professional and cultural development.
Ranum Efterskole College believes that interacting with other cultures will ultimately strengthen students’ personal development and give them a stronger sense of being an individual in a global society – For this reason, the school travel 3 times during each school year to destinations around the world and invite teachers and young people from abroad to come to the school. Ranum Efterskole College is very much aware of being a part of an interconnected global society. Due to this, the school believes that tolerance and acceptance are essential in facilitating an intercultural understanding, and that curiosity and open-mindedness are key elements in establishing 21st century competencies.
Ranum Efterskole College is founded on the philosophies of ‘Inclusive Community and Learning’ and ‘Participatory Democracy’. The school believes it to be their prime objective to provide a framework in which students and teachers in unity contribute to the development of school curricula and activities.
I met people from all over the world and made life-long friendships at Ranum. I can now have a minor conversation in Danish with my friends and my host family. My favourite Danish words are “hygge” and “fællesskab” (community). I really love the concept of “hygge”. The Danes know how to enjoy being together and life in general. That is what “hygge” is all about.
Ranum Efterskole College is definitely different from other schools, because it provides you with a huge amount of opportunities to learn and explore yourself. You will find new interests. You will have a close relationship with the teachers and friends, because you spend every day with them. You will find a second family and home.