Tvind International School Centre is a bouquet of educational institutions with strong traditions of being untraditional, with solid pedagogical experiences, and with an international environment influencing all parts of school life. In total, around 100 people from more than 15 different countries live, work and learn together as a community.
Each institution has their own educational programme and students with their own strengths and weaknesses, but all of them have common activities daily. We eat most meals together; share responsibilities and do a wide range of activities. Adults, as well as youngsters with and without social and learning problems, benefit a lot from an international environment with DNS College students as a driving force.
For the future teachers, it is a possibility to try all their talents and ideas together with the diverse public. In Tvind International School Centre we are all teachers!
Today Tvind International School Centre consists of:
DNS The Necessary Teachers Training College
DNS College is always in the centre of action! Besides being able to give lessons, workshops, organise leisure activities – there is a possibility to form strong bonds with marginalised youth and adults and form a better understanding of issues they are facing in the society or education. As teachers, DNS College students are the role models of the community.
A care home for adults with special needs which focuses on those who experience complex social, mental, physical, personal problems and, thus, are marginalized and excluded by the society.
Here, in the heart of Tvind International School Centre, they have an opportunity to experience active lifestyle, structured developmental programmes and such annual highlights as travels, cultural events and practical projects. Future teachers from DNS International Teacher Training College surround residents of the care home with warm, friendly and inclusive environment beneficial for their personal development.
At ITP everyone is a student following individual developmental programme. Students at ITP have distinctive issues and require care corresponding to their individual needs. Inside the community of Tvind International School Centre they find a safe home rather than an institution. Daily, they are surrounded by the teachers and students from DNS International Teacher Training College, who create a positive environment and safe space. Together with other schools and institutions at Tvind International School Centre students participate in travels, sports, music, art activities and much more!
Day School at Tvind International School Centre for youngsters above 16 with a focus on individual development, community cooperation, and international solidarity.
At this International School, youngsters from various backgrounds support each other in their education. Even though every student has individual goals of education and is in control of his/her learning process, teachers and students make sure to support them along the way.
The community of teachers and students work together to make education exciting and engaging for those who have otherwise given up on traditional schooling.
PTG Youth College is a boarding school for youngster between 17 and 25. As an alternative college, PTG is known for its international, positive, inclusive environment where students do many practical projects, participate in sports and theatre festivals and organise study travels where they learn from the world by investigating realities of people across the planet. DNS Teacher Training and PTG Youth College have a lot in common. Besides sharing the community life, we also share our view upon progressive education. Learning by doing, teaching each other, researching and having a unique approach to every student - are just some shared features.
Other facilities at Tvind International School Centre:
Tvind Climate Centre
This initiative is established as a direct consequence of the heated discussion "What is our action mitigating the effects of a changing climate?” From talks to action, we operate on many levels. Our toilets use little water thanks to vacuum system; Tvindkraft wind turbine awarded with European Solar Prize provides electricity; Solar panels heat water in a sustainable way and provide electricity;
The main idea behind Green Shop is to provide a place in Tvind, where people can avoid the word “money” since products in the shop are not for sale, but for exchange. The coin used in the Green Shop is “Common Sense” and that means that the people can take our products and bring us their products, creating a nice, fair and ecological trade.
As a part of strive towards sustainability, we present to you our garden farming! Greenhouse, 2 large fields and lots of happy chickens make up our school farm. We grow vegetables, fruit trees and berry bushes which supply us with sustainable and ecological products through autumn and, sometimes, even winter. All inhabitants of Tvind International School Centre care for the gardens and harvest the results!
A healthy lifestyle is a priority for all the schools in Tvind and therefore we have lots of sports facilities to accommodate the diverse interest of our community. Football field, beach volleyball court, outdoor cross-fit facilities, fitness centre and large sports hall. On the initiative of teachers and students, we have Zumba, Pilates, yoga or any sports activity we find interesting!
Arts & Music Facilities
Creativity is present in all the activities at the campus, but we have special facilities to help artists explore and polish their talents. The music room and recording studio are often occupied by a campus band or just those interesting in mastering music instruments. The art room is full of creative materials for the use of conceptual artists.
Madum Bæk Nature Project
Madum Bæk is a small river that twists along the northern end of the campus. It is not transformed into a nature trail with diverse plants and elements to enjoy while exploring surroundings. Along the path, you can find public camping shelter with a fireplace and even a tree house!
Mechanical & Green Workshops
Where to learn math, physics, geometry, engineering, carpentry and etc if not in a workshop? We have a mechanical workshop where students take apart bikes, weld iron art, construct creative furniture and what not. We also have a green workshop where you can find old computers, phones, bikes and electronics to be upgraded or upcycled.
DNS Movement Worldwide
Around the world there is a great need for capable teachers. Teachers who can achieve something out of the ordinary by being teachers. Teachers who are trained amply in multiple skills and who have many and important life experiences from the world and its future, from their own country, from children and young people as such, from learning and changing - and thus can deliver and catalyse the world of knowledge and essence to the next generation.
DNS in Tvind started in 1972, and has influenced many educators in Denmark and further afield with its pragmatic approach to teaching and education, and its ambition to be at the forefront with pedagogical issues.
In 1993, the second DNS started - in Mozambique, where there was a great need for an education for teachers in rural areas, where development is most urgently needed. Later on more DNS colleges sprung up in Mozambique and Angola, in the wake of the success of "Escola de professores do Futuro" in Maputo. Malawi followed soon after. At present there are DNS colleges in Mozambique, Angola, Malawi and India. Many more are planned to start.
The DNS colleges in Denmark, Mozambique, Angola, Malawi and India constitute the DNS Movement.
DNS in Africa and India are teacher training for those who want to be teachers in rural primary schools:
Teachers who will make a difference by bringing needed, qualified and modern education to rural children.
Teachers, who are no strangers to the academic world but at the same time energetically are of the opinion that children in primary schools must gain useful and also practical knowledge from their education.
Teachers, who put modern methods of learning to work - to the benefit of the students.
Teachers with a keen interest in development, listening to the tendencies coming from the future of humankind.
Teachers with high demands to their own performance, and with high demands to the performance of their students.
Teachers, who understand learning and skills training not as a technical thing, but as being humanly motivated, demanding responsibility and contribution from each individual, delivered unreserved and with care.
Teachers, who are trained to be able to spearhead community building and efforts in the area around the school.
Traditionally teachers play an important role in local communities. The DNS program builds on this role and equips the teacher with the necessary knowledge and the skills to become an important force in the development of the society.
In short, the teachers graduated from DNS in Africa are trained to promote and bring about change in the countryside - in cooperation not only with the children and their families, but with the whole community. Such teachers will have the power to influence the direction of the community by raising expectations and ambitions of everybody, mobilizing the will to act and the degree of organization, and increasing the level of the general state of education of both the children and the community.
It is such teachers we wish to train in the DNS program at the teacher training colleges in Africa and India.
1970 The start of the Traveling Folk High School - DRH
A group of 5 teachers had in the 1960´s travelled around the world in an old bus for a year and realized how much you can learn from this experience– about the world, about other people and about yourself. It was a valuable adventure worth sharing with many more people.
Denmark has a long tradition for having Folk High Schools with many different programs for adults who want to educate themselves – not for a degree, but for inspiration in their life. Following this tradition, the group of teachers consequently started the Travelling Folk High School with the program: 2 months’ preparation for a 4 months’ study tour by bus through Europe, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and India, followed by 3 months’ conclusion and spreading information about the world they had seen.
The program at the High School was practical and theoretical, meaning that using your brain and your hands had equal importance, and teachers and students together took care of all the practicalities, like maintaining buildings, building the buses, cooking, gardening, etc. The school started in a rented hotel in a little island in western Denmark, and it was a success. It grew rapidly and they carried out many courses, were also social work in Denmark became a part.
Soon, the number of teachers grew, and the teacher group decided also to start a Teacher Training College based on the same pedagogical principles. The rented hotel became too small. They needed more space and more buildings. Two people travelled up through Jutland, having meetings with the municipalities, asking if they would be interested in hosting a school centre consisting of a travelling high school and a teacher training college, with the potential of creating more schools in the future.
Ulfborg - Vemb Municipality, a small municipality in Western Jutland agreed, and the teachers started looking for land for the school buildings. They found 2 small farms close to each other, one of them was Tvind, and they bought them for their commonly saved money.
1972 The beginning of the schools in Tvind
In the summer 1972, the area was prepared by students and teachers together. The fundament for the buildings were made, sewage systems, dug, etc. and in the end of August, the buildings came – premade sections from a company, just to assemble.
On the 1st of September 1972, the first team at DNS, the Necessary Teacher Training College, started. They were 100 people in all: 90 students and 10 teachers. The team started with building up the college, assemble the furniture, require the necessary equipment and repair and outfit 10 buses to be used for their study travel. It was a lot of work for un-professionals, and the practical-theoretical approach stood its test. Though the buildings were simple, they were built with the purpose of supporting the school life and program of DNS and DRH with common hall, kitchen facilities etc. in the middle of the complex of the buildings with the individual rooms. There have been reparations and renewals during the years, but all later teams in DNS have enjoyed from the use of these first wooden buildings, which since then, they have been improved and maintained.
1975 The big windmill - Tvindkraft
During the sixties and beginning of the seventies, there was a discussion going on in Denmark, whether we should have nuclear power or not. The teachers group at Tvind decided on that context to make a manifest that could be understood and used by the many and become forceful no-nukes, argument. They decided to build the biggest windmill in the world at that time, 54m tall and with wings of 27m long.
The building of the windmill became an action for and with the public in many ways. Volunteers could join and contribute to the team of windmill-builders, and many did. It was a challenging, making-the-way task, because a windmill with these dimensions had not been built before, everything had to be done from scratch. During the building period, and still today, there was all the time many guests passing to see this manifestation, as a public attraction, and as a target for delegations of professionals who would study the windmill and its construction.
The windmill was finished in 1978. The teacher group decided not to take patent on all the inventions made via the building, but instead to put everything at disposal for whoever wanted to work with windmills.
Together with many other initiatives in experimenting with wind power in this area of Denmark, the windmill in Tvind has contributed to a new agenda for energy production in Denmark as well as the attitudes towards this question and renewable energy in general. Furthermore, the wind mill has won an international recognition. Denmark never got atom power, and it became instead one of the leading wind mill producers in the world.
In 1993, the second DNS started - in Mozambique, where there was a great need for an education for teachers in rural areas, where development is most urgently needed. Later, more DNS colleges sprung up in Mozambique and Angola, in the wake of the success of "Escola de professores do Futuro" in Maputo. Malawi followed soon after. At present, there are DNS colleges in Mozambique, Angola, Malawi and India. Many more are planned to start.
The DNS colleges in Denmark, Mozambique, Angola, Malawi and India constitute the DNS Movement.
The idea behind DNS (The Necessary Teachers Training College) is to train Another kind of Teachers, “cultural personalities with collective abilities, specializing in producing knowledge and understanding, and in suiting actions to all the words”. So, to be able to enrich and train their students to master both the school and its curriculum, as well the life outside the school - Another kind of School.
The DNS training is intense in content and varied in the way of learning. You will be active in a variety of contexts: arranging political, cultural and sports events, acting together with the poor of this world, learning from realities outside school, fighting climate change, leading a group of children, creating learning set-ups for youngsters, working in a factory, learning from people from all walks of life, meeting international community and their cultures, thinking and acting about how to make things better – because this is what teachers should do.
You will meet a curriculum with subjects already known to you, and other subjects and themes we think are relevant and necessary for you and your students to deal with, for education and for life. DNS is a boarding School. You will live and study together with your team. You will become an active part of the program, of the studies and all the realities during the three years, individually and team wise. You will train as a political, cultural personality, train as Another kind of Teacher to represent and practice this “extra” that enables your students, whatever background, to qualify themselves educationally and for life.