Pedagogy

for Change

Study and practice social education in Denmark,
then put your skills to good use as a development volunteer in Malawi.

 

24 months of hands-on training and transformative action.

Pedagogy for Change

Study and practice social education in Denmark,
then put your skills to good use as a development volunteer in Malawi.

24 months of hands-on training and transformative action.

programme description 

The Pedagogy for Change programme offers 24 months of training and experiencing the power of pedagogy – while you put your skills and solidarity into action.

The Pedagogy for Change programme offers 24 months of training and experiencing the power of pedagogy – while you put your skills and solidarity into action.

In short:
• 12 months’ hands-on training in Denmark, working with children and youth at specialized social education facilities or schools

• 8 months’ practice or internships at teacher training colleges or early childhood education centres in Malawi

• 4 months’ reflection and information work

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Our values

Pedagogy for Change

in Denmark

 

Many young people in Europe need special support. They need safe spaces where they can grow and develop in settings where they are respected and where inspiring and engaging learning takes place. The Pedagogy for Change programme cooperates with five such social education centres in Denmark.

The situation for youth in Denmark

As in so many countries in the global north, many children in Denmark come from broken homes. They experience hardships and feelings of guilt and abandonment as a result. The divorce rate in Denmark is around 50%. Additionally, a fifth of children and youth grow up in homes where abuse of drugs and alcohol is the norm. Add to that the pressures of modern society which places demands on young people in particular.

Consequently, some of these youth rebel against their difficult situation. They skip schools, take to the streets, join gangs and embark on a dangerous path of crime and drugs. Others turn their despair inwards – especially the girls. They feel lonely and hopeless. They harm themselves in different ways, cutting themselves or developing eating disorders.

Pedagogy for Change in Malawi

 

Committed teachers who courageously take up the challenge of lifting Malawi out of poverty is in great demand. To train teachers with a development focused mind-set who can work in partnership with the communities is of essence. This calls for extraordinary teacher training programmes.
The Pedagogy for Change programme cooperates with four such teacher training colleges in Malawi.

The situation for youth in Malawi

Many children in Malawi, especially if they live in the rural areas, lack access to quality education. There is a severe shortage of trained teachers who wish to live in a small village in the countryside. 50% of Malawians live below the poverty line. Most of them are small scale farmers. Poverty is especially hard on the girls. Some of them get married off at an early age, then the family has one mouth less to feed.

Consequently, youth in the villages are robbed of opportunities to develop and grow as human beings. From their perspective, they are deemed to follow in the footstep of their parents, that is to work on the farm from dawn to dusk. Few of them dare to dream about the future. They have few opportunities to better their lives, unless they receive education.

testimonials

Sara, 24, Italy

‘’I decided to seek something different, because I needed to get involved with some more inspiring kind of work and experience. I decided to attend this programme because it was a challenge and an opportunity to take on a different life. The combination of training in Denmark and doing project work in Malawi was perfect for me. ’’

SERHAT, 24, TURKEY

“I wanted to travel and learn at the same time. In 2017 I joined the Pedagogy for Change programme because it provided me with this possibility. I improved my practical skills and gained pedagogical knowledge during the first year in Denmark. I joined an international team and together we learned about important topics, such as world politics and climate change.”

Sara, 24, Italy

‘’I decided to seek something different, because I needed to get involved with some more inspiring kind of work and experience. I decided to attend this programme because it was a challenge and an opportunity to take on a different life. The combination of training in Denmark and doing project work in Malawi was perfect for me. ’’

Serhat, 24, Turkey

‘’I decided to seek something different, because I needed to get involved with some more inspiring kind of work and experience. I decided to attend this programme because it was a challenge and an opportunity to take on a different life. The combination of training in Denmark and doing project work in Malawi was perfect for me. ’’

Training centres in Denmark

You will be based at a at specialised care home or school for the first 12 months of the programme.

You will work alongside professional social educators or teachers who provide quality education to children and youth with special needs.

You will contribute with skills you already have and organise sports, arts, music or other activities.

Projects in Malawi

You will be based at one of DAPP Malawi’s teacher training colleges together with one or two team mates for the next 8 months of the programme.

You will work alongside teachers and project leaders to support parent-led Early Childhood Development Centres or contribute to the activities at the teacher training colleges.

Are you qualified to join?

To be accepted into the programme you need to meet the following criteria:

You are 18 years or older.

You have finished 12 years of school, i.e. A’ levels, abitur, baccalaureate, lukio, matura or similar.

You speak English well enough to communicate well with teachers and students at the training centres and projects.

You have good social and people skills.

You have a driving license. (90% of the training positions require this.)

You have previous experience with some kind of youth work, sports clubs, youth camps, drama groups or similar.

You have decided not to drink alcohol or take drugs for the entirety of the program.

You are eager to experience a multidisciplinary and collective training programme, which includes theoretical and practical activities. 

You are ready to immerse yourself in a multicultural and diverse community.

Do I need to be a citizen of the European Union?

Yes – with a few exceptions.

To do the Pedagogy for Change programme, you need to have residency and work permit in Denmark. This is only possible if:
1. You are a citizen of the European Union.
2. You come from a country that has a “Working Holiday Visa” agreement with Denmark: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.
3. You come from Norway or Switzerland.

Why is this programme so cheap?

The first 12 months of the programme is spent a training centre where you will study and prepare yourself for going to Malawi. The first 12 months of the programme is spent a training centre where you will study and prepare yourself for going to Malawi. 

At the same time, you will be employed as a member of staff, in a supporting capacity. This could be as a teaching assistant, social education assistant or “best buddy” for a special needs student. It could also be in a more practical position such as driver, cook, gardener or maintenance staff. 

The salary you receive, will finance the cost of the programme, such as accommodation, food, tuition, field trips and pocket money, as well as vaccinations, flights and insurance while you are in Malawi.

This means that the only money you need to pay up front, is the initial €1000 enrolment fee. 

COST AND ECONOMY

At the end of the 24 month programme, you will have no debt or study loan, as you will work as a volunteer in one

of the schools or social care institutions. The work you will do, covers both your living and programme expenses.

You pay up front only the enrolment fee

 

                                                €1000

 

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