The Minority Changemaker Programme
The Minority Changemaker Programme is a three-month once in a lifetime course in spring 2020 at Jaruplund Højskole. This Danish Folk High School is situated in a green area in the outskirts on Flensburg, Germany, in the Danish-German border region, where Danes, Germans, Frisians and Sinti and Roma have lived side by side for centuries. Here we combine non-formal learning with the academic input from the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). Project partner is also the Youth of European Nationalities (YEN). The course is an offer for members of national minorities in Europe and for those interested in minority issues.
Join the Minority Changemaker Programme
28th of March - 28th of June 2020 and…
become a changemaker
that challenges convention and fights for positive change in Europe.
broaden your horizon
by choosing an elective subject such as music, art, self-development or mindfulness at the Jaruplund Højskole.
through a pertinent academic curriculum and dedicated lecturers from the University of Southern Denmark.
Visit Roskilde Festival
among the most unique festivals in the world featuring music, art and debates on societal issues.
Go on a study trip
explore intriguing corners of Europe and their curious societies and meet fellow Europeans dedicated to minority issues.
Emerge in topics
such as European diversity, democracy and minority rights presented by our committed staff and policymakers from all over Europe.
Create a network
of 40 changemakers from all over Europe with a passion for cultural exchange and intellectual debate.
the Danish term for a certain kind of coziness and feeling of wellness.
During the three-month course the students will be living and learning together at Jaruplund Højskole. The school is a meeting point for Danish, German and European culture and with its belonging to the Danish minority in Germany. The course combines the Folk High School’s special Nordic concept for adult education with an academic curriculum which offers the students to obtain 15 ECTS-points for further studies. Besides the academic curriculum, the course offers a broad variety of elective subjects, such as music experiences, art history, personal development and coaching, rhetoric and communication, leadership and activism, yoga and meditation and excursions around the area and to bigger towns nearby.
The academic curriculum of the 15 ECTS-points course focuses on Europe´s history, current political debates, minorities and nationalism. The organizer of the course is the Centre for Border Region Studies at the University of Southern Denmark.
See the academic curriculum here.
As a student at the Minority Changemaker Programme you will be able to dig deep into the questions: Who am I? Where do I come from? And where do I belong?
You will become part of a network of young Europeans and get knowledge and empowerment to exactly know how, where and when to interact to change your regional, national and European community. We believe that your experience and knowledge needs to be shared and that minorities and majorities need to work hand in hand for a democratic and diverse society. This is why you will be encouraged and inspired to go out with the courage and tools to make change happen all around Europe. At the end of the course, you are invited to join Roskilde Festival, the biggest music festival in northern Europe, as a volunteer.
“soon time! and what was but a dream you shall as truth then view it.”
B.S. Ingemann | Danish Poet | 1831 | transl. John Irons
Did you know…?
One in seven Europeans is part of a historical, national minority or speaks a regional or minority language
The European Union has more than twice as many regional and minority languages compared to official languages
Europe has more "languages without a state" than national languages