25 schools in 10 countries

Apart from the two schools in Denmark, Kofoed's School has sister schools in 9 other countries.

Read about the individual schools in the menu on the left.


How it started
For many years Kofoeds School Copenhagen maintained contact with people in Poland working with social and pedagogic issues. This collaboration started in the aftermath of World War II, when employees from the school in Copenhagen organized humanitarian aid to Poland and thereby established contact with Polish social workers. 

The contact was re-established in the 1980s and in 1997 the first school in Poland opened.

Organisation
The Eastern European schools are independent entities but Kofoed's School Copenhagen has assisted with support and know-how before, during and after new schools open. The schools are opened and run by local actors with a knowledge of Kofoed’s School from international networks dealing with social policy issues.

The schools work and function differently and are not copies of Kofoed's School in Copenhagen. However, they share the same purpose and basic idea: To help people with socio-economical problems re-activate their lives, enrich their spirit and self-esteem and upgrade their qualifications for the job-market.

The school in Copenhagen regularly invites leaders and employees from the different international schools to Denmark for visits and seminars.

Results
The new schools in Eastern Europe - and their common idea of ‘help to self-help’ - have already served as an inspiration to the governments in their respective countries and influenced official social policy.

In Poland a law has been passed on activating the unemployed, which is based on the Kofoeds School principles. In Lithuania the local school has influenced the treatment of the prisoners in the state’s prison system – these are now able to participate in activities in the Lithuanian Kofoed’s School before their release.