Togetherness as part of a sustainable development
Nowadays we are living in a world where people are “educated” to be divided.
It could be racial, religious or even economic and social division. A world divided into “us and them”, especially when a problem shows up and then “them” become part, if not the main reason, of the problem.
I would like to talk about DRH Lindersvold, the school where I work as a teacher. In this place you will meet people from all parts of the world with different backgrounds, experiences and education. We are teachers, who create all together the teacher council; we are Danish students, young people with difficulties in life caused by difficult family backgrounds or diagnoses such as ADHD who study and live at the day school and at care homes; we are Development Instructors and Climate Activists, people who, after a period of studies in Denmark, want to be an active part of changing the world, bringing their skills to developing countries all over the world.
In Lindersvold we practice “solidary humanism”, where “solidarity” highlights our wish to be united with all the people around the world, regardless of cultural differences, religion, or political ideology and “humanism” is a philosophy centred on recognizing that all human beings are deserving of equality, dignity and respect.
I would like to write about some aspects of “humanisation” at DRH Lindersvold. All of our teams are multicultural. That means there always are people coming from different countries all around the world, with different economical, social and educational backgrounds, with different cultures and behaviour. A main initial task is definitely not to cancel these differences, nor to focus only in what a specific behaviour means in our own culture and reacting from our standard knowledge. Rather it is to understand and move forward all together in order to find a common centre where we all embrace our differences in order to create a common culture.
Another aspect is the activity we make together called “common sport”. Once a week all the Development Instructors and students of the day school meet together in order to make sport. It is an occasion to share our energies and good mood and push each other to exit from the comfort zone in order to create a new community based in respecting and understanding each other. The Development Instructors interact positively with students coming from different difficult backgrounds and the day school students, extra of doing physical activity, build new relationships with people they feel are trustworthy.
Another example is “building weekends”. During these weekends, Students and teachers from different schools join together at one or two locations in Denmark and make practical tasks together in order to beautify the place. With this activity all of us participating feel part of a common family where we all work towards the best at the place where we are. During these days all share their skills and many learn new skills. In this way, all feel productive and important.
Finally I would like to write about “Open Sunday’s”. During these days, DRH Lindersvold invites a group of refugees living in our closest town; Faxe. Teachers and students organise activities for children, teens and adults, to spend a full Sunday together. It is an occasion for all to share different cultures and experiences. For the refugees it is an important moment because they feel integrated into our environment, their children spend an active and fun day, teens and adults play sports and dance. DIs have the chance of meeting people coming from countries such as Syria, hearing their stories, developing new friends and making a critical analysis through realising that most of the time, the reality of life for people with refugee status is way different from the one newspapers are writing.
These are a few of the many examples of activities that Development Instructors and Climate Activists experience during their program at DRH Lindersvold, giving possibilities to expand their awareness of the world we are living in, developing their skills and experiences in order to become active citizens.