Who are we?
The Minority Changemaker Programme is a cooperative between three partners: The Danish Border Association (Grænseforeningen), Jaruplund Folk High School (Jaruplund Højskole), and the University of Southern Denmark (Centre for Border Region Studies). We are supported by the Youth of European Nationalities (YEN) and collaborate with other European organisations such as ECMI, EURAC, and FUEN.
We are funded primarily by the Danish Border Association (Denmark) and the School Association of Southern Schleswig (Germany). In addition to this, about 25% of the funding is generously provided by different foundations.
We are not financed by any national government or political party, and the programme has no political, national, or religious affiliations. We believe in an open, diverse, and democratic Europe. See our purpose.
Who will you meet?
Jens is a very experienced folk school professor and university lecturer who has arranged countless conferences and learning programmes over the past decade. Originally educated as a lawyer, he has spent the past 12 years revitalizing Denmark’s oldest folk school, teaching political science and law - as well as a lot of jumping around and shouting very loudly. During this time, he was also associated with the University of Aarhus and the Danish Journalism School as a lecturer.
Jens has lived and worked in the US as a visiting scholar at Western Illinois University, and took part of his education from the university in Bonn, Germany. Also, he believes very strongly in ignoring a healthy diet if there is a good restaurant around.
Principal at Jaruplund højskole
Karsten is a positive structured changemaker who has a background in Lego and the military which he has used to think in thriving development and teams. After some years working for Lego and at different Folk High School he took over the position as principal of Jaruplund Højskole in 2014.
Folk school teacher at jaruplund
Rigmor has worked at Jaruplund Højskole since 1998, and knows the school in and out. She has a master’s degree in music and Italian at Aarhus University. She is a very skilled piano player and has a huge passion for opera, whether it is Mozart’s Don Giovanni or contemporary music pieces.
She loves traveling, has been on a roadtrip all the way around Australias coastline, and is about to go to India for two months.
Folk School Teacher at Jaruplund
Jeppe has a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Southern Denmark, where his main fields of study are existentialism and political philosophy; he has since worked at The Danish Parliament and different folk schools in Denmark and now in Germany.
He has a huge passion for creative subjects, and spends a good amount of his free time playing music, painting and designing board games. He loves to travel, has visited most of Europe and has previously lived and worked in Sydney, Australia.
Folk School Teacher at Jaruplund
Simon is educated in history and music at Aalborg University. His biggest passions are political history, singing and playing the piano and not least teaching musical teamwork. Besides teaching music and history, he likes physical activity. He spends a lot of time playing handball and keeping in shape, and he is always ready for any kind of sports match or competition.
Elena Maria Askløf
Co-founder of “our europe”
Elena is a self-made, autodidact, learning-by-doing traveller, writer, documentary and lecturer. Since 2013 she has done several extensive journeys in Europe to meet and talk with young people about their life, concerns, criticism, their visions and concrete activism. She is sharing these stories and experiences with other young people by doing lectures, making films, books and podcasts. She thinks Europe and European politics is important, but people and people’s stories and thoughts is what really drives her. Further more she loves to play football, draw and paint, sing and play drums, meet new people and create great experiences together.
Peter Hauberg-Lund Laugesen
co-founder of “our europe”
Peter is co-founder of Our Europe and when he is not traveling around Europe he is sharing European stories and perspectives in his lectures, creating new projects and planning new investigative journeys together with his partner Elena Maria Askløf.
Peter is passionate about traveling, political activism and European literature and language.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, university of southern denmark
Martin has been studying the Danish-German border region and its minorities for quite a while. He is intrigued by nationalism and its origins, and how the concept of national minorities evolved as a model to contain and separate cultural diversity. As a historian he has extensive experience with being a kind of Sherlock Holmes in the Research Archives in Flensburg. Since 2001 he has been an Associate Professor at the Institute for Border Region Studies at University of Southern Denmark. Martin is crazy about biking, he is such a strong believer in bicycles to be the ultimate solution to traffic congestion that he quite often uses it to overcome the 40 kilometers between his home and the university.
Ole Præstkær Jørgensen
folk school teacher at jaruplund
Ole is educated at The Aarhus Academy of Fine Arts. Having worked at Jaruplund Højskole since 2003 and previously at other folk schools in Denmark, he has a solid amount of experience in teaching as well as a solid expertise in fine arts artisanship. He is ambitious and passionate about his work, and can tell you all about drawing techniques, painting, sculpting and art history.
Furthermore, one of his major interests is motorcycles, namely Harley Davidson motorcycles. So if you’re interested in art or brake horsepower he’s your go to go person on the school.