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Danish Examples of Action Projects

Humanity in Action Senior Fellows from Denmark have created projects that strategically deal with, inform about and discuss various social conditions and issues. We call these “Action Projects."

This page shows examples of a few of these projects.  Two projects deal with children and adolescents: Free2Choose and You Also Have Rights. The next two projects are of a more cultural character: Stories from the World and A Song for Copenhagen. There is also an example of an event, Speed-Date a Politician ’09, that serves to promote civic engagement.  Finally, there are two examples of how HiA, through these Action Projects, informs the public about human rights conditions around the world.

  • Since 2006, Senior Fellows have worked with the Anne Frank Foundation to educate young people in elementary schools and in high schools in an informal way. Thus, they have ignited debates about the Holocaust and human rights with the interactive dilemma game Free2Choose. This game confronts the participants and forces them to actively consider and discuss how they themselves experience racism in their everyday lives. It has been estimated that approximately 900 students have participated in Free2Choose.
  • In 2010, Senior Fellows developed the project the You Also Have Rights with support from the Tryg fund and the British Council. This is a course for students at elementary school level in the municipality of Holbæk and it deals with human rights in general and, more specifically, children’s rights. The main intention was to pass on values about mutual respect and understanding to the students in the hope of influencing the community that they are a part of. The project is expected to be repeated. Approximately 30 students have received education through You Also Have Rights
  • In 2009, a Senior Fellow published an anthology of literature, Stories from the World – An Alternative Literature Canon, from the Gyldendal publishing house and in cooperation with the Danish Refugee Council. This book is a selection of pieces of fiction from each of the twelve nationalities that are most often represented in Danish elementary schools. Stories from the World is a unique tool for elementary school teachers that can be used to create a larger frame of reference in the class rooms, ignoring any cultural differences. Two thousand copies of the book have been published, most of whichhave been sold and used.
  • The project A Song for Copenhagen consisted of six songs that all paid homage to Copenhagen. These were written and composed by twenty musicians, each with cultural roots in different countries. The intention was to highlight the diversity and potential of Copenhagen in a positive cultural way, and in October 2007, the songs were performed at a public event in the cultural center of Islands Brygge on Amager. Approximately 160 people participated in the arrangement.
  • The event Speed-Date a Politician ’09 was implemented during the municipal elections in 2009. In addition to the "speed-dating," all participants took part in group debates concerning various societal conditions in Copenhagen. The intention of this event was to change the usual election meeting between politicians and voters in such a way that both of these groups were activated and through speed dating shared thoughts, questions, concerns and ideas. 80 citizens and eight politicians attended the event.
  • The Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Association had two Action Projects that were related to the Youth for Democracy Conference in October 2011. One was a three-day tour of Denmark, where Senior Fellows arranged for four activists to visit high schools, libraries, the International People’s College, the Danish School of Media and Journalism and various organizations throughout Denmark. It is estimated that 400 people attended the activists’ presentations. The other Action Project was the publication in February 2012 of a collection of articles from leading activists and experts on the subject of nonviolent resistance. This anthology follows up on the conference, and at the same time it will function as an education tool for high school teachers throughout the country. 2,000 copies have been printed and it is expected that 500 people will benefit from and use the book actively.