Sydvestfyns Efterskole, Denmark

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Information
Current status Open
Detainees.gif Capacity 120
Checked July 16, 2012
Close.gif Closed 2012

Sydvestfyns Efterskole is a continuation school located near the town of Glamsbjerg in Denmark [1].

It was announced that the facility would close down 2012 due to bankruptcy [2]

Program structure

Admission

Like ordinary prisons, but unlike normal schools in Denmark they preserve the right to demand a drug test from the teenagers when they arrive at the facility [3]. Because the legal position of such a demand has not been investigated in Denmark, it remains uncertain whether a such investigation will reach the same result as in United Kingdom.[4] where the result was that such drug test will potentially be challenged as a violation of privacy under the Human Rights Act 1998 and Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

The first week of the stay is a intro week where they use the time to learn about the rules of the facility, security and have to participate in a kind of semi-wilderness therapy.

Daily schedule

Daily schedule
07.15 - 07.40 Breakfast 14.45 - 15.30 Seventh lesson
07.45 - 07.55 Cleaning and making beds 15.35 - 16.20 Eigth lesson
08.00 - 08.30 TV, newspapers and morning assembly 16.30 - 17.15 Chores
08.30 - 10.00 First and second lesson 17.15 - 17.45 Dinner
10.00 - 10.35 Morning break 18.00 - 19.00 Personal and quiet hour
10.35 - 12.05 Third and forth lesson 19.00 - 21.00 Evening activities
12.10 - 13.00 Lunch and lunch break 21.00 - 21.30 Coffee break
13.00 - 14.30 Fifth and sixth lesson 22.00 - 22.30 Back to own dorms
14.30 - 14.45 Afternoon break 22.30 Lights out

The teenagers can normally leave for home Saturday and return Sunday between 19.00 and 21.00, but the have to stay at the facility two weekends every year where the time are used on various activities among them promoting the facility to families who want to banish their child from home in the future.

Education

The curriculum is regulated by the department of Education in Denmark. The levels are form 9th and 10th.

Beside the normal curriculum they claim to have connections to a lot of firms so they can offer work experience for 3 weeks. However statements made by the teenagers state that it is only a few firms and lines of businesses they can offers are very limited properly based on the fact that the facility are located in a area where the number of firms are few compared to Copenhagen or Aarhus.

The stay at the facility also include a 1 week work experience to a foreign country. In the previous years countries like Sweden, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, France and Italy have been used. During this trip they stay with a local host family, which has caused some of the teenagers to relocate due to the often well-known problems with host families abroad [5].

Living Conditions

The teenagers live on the campus in small houses with 4 rooms, a living room and two bathrooms in each house.

3-4 teenagers share a single room. There are both girls and boys in each house. Internet access are available in all rooms.

Communication

It remains unclear whether the facility allow to use the computers on community network like the local Myspace copy Arto or use them to mail privately with parents and their social network.

They are allowed to go on home visits beside two weekends where they have to stay at the facility.

Consequences

Extra chores are given rather casual. They consist of extra cleaning in- and outside on the campus.

They also expel teenagers in a rather big number:

Statistics:

Year


2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005

Number of
teenagers started

88 (96 later)
143
143
142
142
134

Number of
teenagers remaining

Not known
123
130
123
125
129

According to a thread on the message board on newspaper "B.T." the right to expel a teenager is delegated to every teacher [6]

Misc.

Use of tobacco are allowed on certain places on the campus. Use of alcohol are not allowed on campus opposite the normal state among ethnic Danes [7] and the teenagers will be expelled if they try to live normally as the youth on the outside.

Drugs are forbidden.

Some of the teachers are unable remain neutral with their political opinions, which can be hard for students to endure [8]

In the news

Local newspapers tell of continuing fights between the continuation schools in the town [9].

A group of teenagers from the school was hit by a car shortly before their release. Fortunately none were killed [10]

External Links

Info pages

Community groups

Message boards

  • Forum: Amalie Ravn. SVE, a thread on Deldig.dk about a suicide committed by one of the teenagers back in 1990 Dk8.gif

References

  1. The facility on Google maps
  2. Sydvestfyns Efterskole er gået konkurs, by Lærke Møller Andersen,Fyens Stiftstidende, June 30, 2012 Dk8.gif
  3. Rules, from the homepage of the facility Dk8.gif
  4. Drug testing in the workplace:, Summary conclusions of the Independent Inquiry into Drug Testing at Work Us9.gif
  5. Security check of host families, Studying Language Abroad, Center-validering.dk Dk8.gif
  6. Sydvestfyns efterskole, a thread on the message board of the newspaper "B.T." Dk8.gif
  7. Alcohol culture in Denmark Us9.gif
  8. Min tid på efterskole, Meld din læerer (Report your teacher) Dk8.gif
  9. Krig på rå æg og ødelagte cykler (War with eggs and broken bicycles), by Dorte O. Haugaard, Fyns StiftTidende, October 4 2006 Dk8.gif
    Tunsalat og ødelagte cykler (Tuna salat and destroyed bikes), by Dorte O. Haugaard, Fyns StiftTidende, October 4 2006 Dk8.gif
  10. To stadig indlagt efter påkørsel (Two still hospitalized after being hit by a car), Signe Damgaard Jepsen, Fyens Stiftstidende, June 27 2009 Dk8.gif