Taking advantage of The Danish Research Festival, an annual week long program aiming to spread knowledge and research methods to schools and organisations across the country, the Copenhagen team took the DIVERCITIES Educational Programme out on the road giving two presentations.
The first was at the Frederiksborg Gymnasium (high school) in Hillerød. Over two hours the team spoke to a year three class (18-19 year old students) taking social studies and natural science. Their presentation described their methodological approach and results with a discussion about diversity (assignment one in the Educational Programme) and a project based on assignments four and five in EP. The students developed an initiative that they thought would work in their local area based on the neighbourhood initiatives presented.
The students were not only especially engaged, they also developed clever and creative initiatives. We found that they were particularly interested in creating social cohesion and the effect of mixed/homogeneous housing composition.
The second presentation took place at the Borupgård Gymnasium in Ballerup to a class of year two students (17-18 years old) taking natural science. Time was short here with just an hour so the focus was on a description of their methodological approach and results, discussion on defining diversity followed by a roundup on the positive and negative effects of diversity.
All of the students were interested in the role of schools and institutions as places of meeting and segregation providing interesting discussions with students talking about their own experiences. All in all, a great success.