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  1. 1. DRH Norway – International School for Cooperation and DevelopmentProgram offerDRH Norway offers grown-ups an environment in which to study this world of ours, and bytransformational practices to gain experiences to an extent that the participants when leavingthe DRH will find her or himself in a better position to take a solid stand to life.DRH Norway has chosen as its topics the social conditions in the developing countries and inEurope, people’s living conditions and the results of former, and the expectations for thefuture development of our world. This is the content of the school’s program.We are all part of and stand in a personal relationship to these questions. This makes theschool’s program a very important matter for both participants and teachers. The school haschosen Humana People to People as its main partner in the endeavour to practically influenceon a better development for people in our world.DRH Norway offers 14 months programs• The first period: 6 months intensive training and studies in Norway.• The second period: 6 months project period as a Development Instructor (DI) at one ofHumana People to People’s projects in India or southern Africa.• The third period: 2 months conclusions and further actions in the fight against poverty - withour own school as a base, and Europe as the battle field.The First Period6 months training and study periodThe first period consists of some main elements which are studies, courses, experiences,external actions, duties and internal projects and fundraising activities. The training is givingthe participants a program and an environment in which they are challenged theoretically,practically and socially to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes towards being creative,finding solutions for problems, not giving up when it’s difficult. They are also trained tounderstand that all development work starts with the individual, first and foremost withourselves.Concrete topics on the study agenda are e.g. related to Humanism; culture and religion; theGaia theory and environmental challenges; the world’s history; international politicaleconomy and international relations; the fight against poverty; contradictions in our worldtoday; the HIV/Aids pandemic; tropical diseases and various practical project skills.All participants, as part of the first period, participate in arranging one of the following bigcultural events; - the New Year Concert, the Summer Theatre, the Development Conferenceor the Summer Olympics, together with other DRH schools in Europe.Some main, concrete goals for the training are:• Understand the world’s history and the current situation facing us as contemporary humanbeings• Be able to work practically, to take action and to plan and carry out projects with others.• Learn to live and work in a team and to take responsibility for own learning and own andother’s well being. 1
  2. 2. • Get ready for courageous work as a Development Instructor at one of Humana People toPeople’s development projects in Africa or India, - with a solidary humanistic attitude.Through fundraising activities and responsibility areas the participants learn many practicalskills such as how to promote own views on the situation in the world by selling magazinesin the streets, taking care of a big, second hand clothes collection production, taking part inrunning a hotel, learning about nutrition and cooking and how to stay fit and healthy andlearning new languages – all useful skills throughout the program and for the rest of the life.The meeting between people, who together go through a long and challenging program, is notgoing to happen without conflicts. The previous social experiences of participants andteachers, although individually different, but still broadly speaking relatively equal, alsocreates tensions and discussions. The main difficulties are closely connected to our society’stendency to individualise each human being’s problem-world to such an extent that toformulate and solve problems commonly is untrained, yes, even alien for the majority of us. Itis our experience that it helps to take the conflicts, discuss through the reasons and togetherfind solutions that point forward towards a greater common responsibility.A method used in our training we call: Determination of modern Methods. DmM is placingthe participants in the centre and as the driving force in the program, dividing the training intostudies, courses, experiences, actions and special points. With help from software and ourdatabase we are gathering and measuring the educational elements and progress. During the 6months, each participant needs to achieve minimum 850 points in DmM, take care of dutiesand responsibilities, have 4 status meetings and complete the teams’ common fundraising goalto qualify to become a Development Instructor at a Humana People to People’s project inIndia or southern Africa.FundraisingFundraising is an essential part of the preparation period. In fact the question of funding is anessential pillar in all development work. No funding – no development project. For more than20 years, the participants and the teachers at DRH Norway have raised most of the fundsnecessary to run the school and the program in the streets of Scandinavia. The streetfundraising is still a mainstay in the program’s fundraising activities. In recent years we haveput a lot of energy into developing alternative methods for raising funds and develop astronger economic foundation for the program. Through an agreement with UFF / Humana inNorway and Sweden, member organizations of the Federation Humana People to People, theschool has taken upon itself the responsibility to manage a part of these organizations’ secondhand clothes collections. The participants in the program are invited to take part as afundraising activity, both in the operation and the expansion. Furthermore, our host at HornsjøHøyfjellshotell has expanded its activities in recent years and has invited the school to takepart in some of its hotel operations as a dugnad/fundraising activity, especially during highseasons. The school strives to keep the clothes collection and hotel work activities within 3defined weekdays. In the Calendar it is allocated as the Practical Days where we also domaintenance, work with responsibility areas and so on. The other days are for the studies,actions and other preparations.The Second Period6 months Project PeriodThe participants work closely together with Humana People to People project leadership andstaff as Development Instructors. The DIs get first hand fieldwork experience and are givenopportunities to take part in developing the project with own efforts, skills and ideas, - with 2
  3. 3. the intention of creating a long and good experience-period, performing transformationalpractices – and creating development and constructive changes. The DI positions are mostlygiven within the field of education such as;• Street children schools, preschools or teacher training,• HIV/AIDS prevention programs,• Child Aid and community development projects,• Various kinds of fundraising and environmental projects.The participants go to the projects where they are needed the most. Early in the trainingperiod, each participant gets to know which project line they concretely can prepare for, andthey learn more about the actual tasks there. During the last 3 months of the preparation, eachperson gets to know for which specific project they will work. This can still change during thefinal part of the preparation time, so it is important to be flexible and open for changes all theway. It is important to bear in mind that: - “Where there is a will there is a way”, which meansthat all kinds of technical preparations are not enough. It is our experience that theDevelopment Instructors to a large extent, also need to use all of their best human qualitiesand fully understand Humana’s Solidary Humanism to make a successful project period. Foryou to better understand the work of Humana People to People you should study their Charterwhich you can find in full at: www.humana.orgHere a short excerpt:From Humana People to People’s CharterDevelopment• It is about fostering new generations with golden hearts and heads and hands, well-educatedand with a personal ethic of such proportions, that humanized relationships of all sizes canserve as substitutes for all sorts of dehumanized phenomena.• It is about improving democracy, advancing productions, building up trade relations,generating services and it is about scanning all brains to create new portions of know-how.• It is about concentrating on the important task of transferring the results of efforts fromplaces where development is well ahead to places where it is dawning or even absent.• It is about establishing capable institutions for education and health.• It is about improving human relationships on a contemporary basis and to modern standards.It is about the emancipation of every single human being on the level of personal happiness,and, at the same time, making each human responsible for the happiness of his neighboursthrough practical methods.And as always in the question of development is it about promoting and preventing.Preventing the dehumanizing of society, of institutions and of you and me. Promoting thehumanization of mankind, the only art form that contains the seeds to the flowers of happinessfor all. From black-white to all colours at random. From the struggle for liberation to thestruggle for development.HUMANA PEOPLE TO PEOPLE yearns for a humanizing influence on this development.The influence of The Solidary Humanism.The Third Period2 months further actions and conclusionsAfter returning from the different corners of the world, the team celebrates being togetheragain. As individuals, and also as a group, everyone has gained much knowledge andexperience. Through discussions and meetings, sharing and using each others experiences, theprevious months are concluded upon, before plans for the last period of the program arefinalised. It is our experience that you learn twice by teaching what you have learned toothers. So after deliberations and discussions in the group and with the teachers, presentations 3
  4. 4. are held for the whole school as well as for people outside the school. One of the aims ofholding these presentations is to show how we all can contribute to a better world, - fromwhere and who we are. Each student - alone or in groups - also makes lasting products, usefuland informative, from the project period. These are booklets, photo exhibitions, DVDs withmaterials, courses and photos, theatre plays and more. Finally follows a 5-6 weeks periodwhere the participants, - alone or in groups - take further action under the headline: “Takeaction and fight Poverty”. The arena is Europe - using all the previous experiences in thefight. Many of these short projects will be carried out in co-operation with Humana People toPeople or other DRH schools in Europe.Examples of projects are:• People to People relations: establishing partnership between projects in Africa/India andpeople in Europe.• Information materials: making bigger films or educational materials about the projects andthe DIs’ role in the work, social conditions in the countries, examples of developmentachieved to be shown at many places and used for promotion purposes, to promote theprogram and the projects.• Teaching: being co-teachers and action leaders at the DRH schools and mobilise otherstudents in actions and training, teaching at other schools, institutions and organisations topromote Solidary Humanism.• Promotion activities: work to mobilise new participants to follow in their footsteps byjoining the program.At the end of the 14 months program the teachers and participants evaluate and discuss thefinal outcome of the whole program, from where we expect each participant to be in a goodposition to take a solid stand to life.Throughout all three periods of the program we follow:The Pedagogical Principles1. You have to go exploring to acquire new ideas - and to explore further to form better ideas.2. You have to get close to the thing you want to learn about. The closer you get, the moreyou learn.3. Together with your fellow students you must be the driving force in the work in order tolearn much. Teachers’ tricks won’t do to put you on your toes. Life is too important for that.4. You should be forewarned: Once you get into your stride, you’ll want to do more and more.The deeper you go into a question, the more you’ll want to know. There is much work in this- but in return you’ll avoid being superficial and half-awake.5. There isn’t time to learn everything at school. Like an iceberg perhaps only one tenth ofwhat you’d like to be able to do and know. The rest comes later.6. Only Adam, at first, was alone in the world. All the rest of us are here together.7. The things you learn should be put to use... Now, if possible - so that others may learn fromyou. Possibly later, as the occasion arises. What you have learned you learn twice as well byteaching it to others.8. You have to be mobile, and then you will encounter many things. Otherwise, things cometo a stop - even though your eyes are starting out of your head. From just one place you can’tsee far.9. All this applies to teachers, too.Read more about our PP’s on our website: www.drh-norway.org 4
  5. 5. The Countries where you will practiceIndiaThe country is huge as a continent, often called the world’s biggest democracy and fastgrowing with over 1.1 billion people. India always surprises with its colours and beauty,glamour, poverty, size and smells. India is intense and never predictable, so expect theunexpected. Humana People to People projects in India are currently operating in Haryanaeast of the capital Delhi, in Tamil Nadu in the south - and in Rajasthan in the east where mostof our participants go. For more info about HPPI, their website is: www.humana-india.orgMozambiqueThe country is situated on the southeast African coast and is one of the poorest countries inthe world. Until 1975 a Portuguese colony, followed by 17 years of war and civil conflicts.Today, Mozambique is still facing multiple social and economic problems related to poverty,including unemployment, low agricultural production, and limited infrastructure and socialservices. Mozambique has for many years in a row had a yearly economic growth but there isstill very much to be done. ADPP-Mozambique (Humana) initiated its work in Mozambiquein 1982 and has implemented 40 development projects. The projects are situated all overMozambique. Read more on: www.adppmozambique.orgZambiaZambia is a landlocked country in the Southern Africa. The country shares its borders with 9countries. Zambia gained its independence from British colonial rule in 1964 and was for thenext 27 years under one party rule. Multi party democratic elections were held in 1991.Mining has been the core of the economy of Zambia. The decline in the price of copper on theworld market and rising oil prices have had a devastating effect on the economy of thecountry. Development Aid from People to People in Zambia (Humana) runs 13 developmentprojects. DAPP started the development activities in Zambia in 1986. Inform yourself moreon their website: www.dappzambia.orgThe schools backgroundand present Training FacilitiesThe first DRH School started in Denmark in 1970 and today there are 13 DRH schools inoperation in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, all with their own concept and character.DRH Norway started in 1978 and is the oldest DRH School, still operating today. When theschool first started, we invited for 9 months programs centred on a 4 months study andinvestigation period to Asia, Africa or America - to learn about people’s life conditions, theirhistory and their expectations for the future. By travelling in busses, ships or airplanes we metpeople on their own doorsteps in all corners of the world. Today the programs are focusingmore on the practical development work based on Solidary Humanism as quoted fromHumana People to People’s Charter: “The dehumanised human being, the dehumanisedsociety must meet the Solidary Humanism. Man standing shoulder to shoulder with allmankind.” So the aims and intentions with our programs still remain the same, although manythings have changed. The school is situated in Norway, in facilities rented by HornsjøHøyfjellshotell, 883 metres abs, 36 km north-east of Lillehammer. The hotel dates back to the19th century and the school rents facilities in some parts of the buildings, with classrooms,offices, living, dining and spear time facilities. The hotel has a swim hall which we can usemost of the year. The nature around Hornsjø invites for unique experiences like canoeing,biking, skiing and hiking, sleeping outside under open sky in the summer and in snow caves 5
  6. 6. during the winter. The opportunities for experiences the nature offers provide importantelements for the program. Other useful links to give you a broader understanding of ourprograms:School’s website: www.drh-norway.orgThe Federation of Humana People to People:www.humana.orgUFF Norway: www.uffnorge.orgHumana Sweden: www.humanasverige.orgSister schools: www.drh-movement.orgPractical InformationThe school starts 14 months programs 4 times a year:February team – Mozambique and IndiaMay team – Zambia, Mozambique and IndiaAugust team – Mozambique and IndiaNovember team – Zambia, Mozambique and IndiaEconomyThe economy consists of 3 parts:The non-refundable enrolment fee of 3.000 NOK, the school fee of 30.000 NOK and the goalfor fundraising during the first period, which is 40.000 NOK. All the fees and fundraising goto cover the school’s expenses, to run the first period including your boarding expenses, topay the travel expenses and insurance for the second period, and the third period program.The school would not want to see the economy preventing someone from joining the programand have over the years developed different economical solutions and are innovative inkeeping costs at a minimum. We are able to help you work out a plan for how you can raisemoney to cover school fee costs, if that is a problem, so do not hesitate to take contact in thesematters.Info and Preparatory MeetingsBefore the start of a program we invite all DIs for a meeting, preferably at the school inHornsjø. If that is not possible for you, there are info meetings at places closer to your home.Here a school representative presents its offer and explains what is expected from you as aparticipant. On that background you will decide whether this is a good program for you, andwe can start discussions of practical and preparatory character. During the meeting we wantyou as participants to formulate yourselves to each other and to the school, your differentreasons for joining the program, as an initial start on building common ground for planningand organising your participation. After enrolment you will have contact with the school’steachers and participants, until team starts. Qualifications needed: The program is open toanyone, who has passed 17, 5 years of age, willing and prepared to take the challenge. Thereare no specific academic requirements.The school has two rules:No drugs and no alcohol.No drugs or euphoric substances during the entire 14 months program. You will have to befree of heavy drugs min.12 months before starting at any program at the school. No alcohol,except for holidays or open weekends when you are away from the school or the school’sprogram in first and third period, and no alcohol during the 6 months project period. 6
  7. 7. Good reasons for joining our program:• You are against racism and actively want to build good relations between people• You like to be one who has a good influence on the development in the world• You like to do something that is different or unique, but not necessary the mainstream• You are in for taking action to fight poverty - shoulder to shoulder with the poor• You would like to share your daily life and work closer together with others, in an organizedway• You like to learn about the world, travel and experience other cultures and societies• You would like to live in a drug and alcohol free environment• You would like to broaden your personal fundament and challenge your own limits• You would like to learn to take practical action to bring about changes• You like to learn how to lead others• You feel that the de-humanizing of mankind must be met by the influence of solidaryhumanismInterested in the program:1. Give us a call on +47-61264444 or email: diprogram@drh-norway.org2. Accept an invitation to come for an information meeting in your area or a preparatorymeeting at our school. Here you will learn about the school’s offer, and if needed get help tosolve financial obstacles3. Enrol yourself4. StartDen reisende HøgskoleHornsjø, P.b. 47, 2636 Øyer, NorwayPhone: (+47) 61264444 (Promo)Org. No. 971 520 957Website: www.drh-norway.org 7