Type of organisation (legal status, main areas and type of activity)
Folkhogskolor are free and independent types of shools for adults.
They have roots in the popular movements and have existed in Scandinavia
for more than a century. Studies are free. The state gives economic
support to each school, and on occasion to students.
The idea of a women’s Folk High School in Goteborg started in the
early 70’s, among a group of women active in the women’s movement.
This group started evening courses in the variety of different subjects
in the Women’s House in Goteborg in 1975.
Size of organisation, in terms of the total number of personnel (use
All employees at the school are women, and everyone is in some way
engaged in teaching. The principle’s job rotates between the tutors.
All employees have responsibilities outside their traditional work and
are members of work- groups. The most important decisions are taken at
the staff meetings.
Evidence of experience of the organisation in the field covered by the
project and experience in international co-operation
The main activities at the school are the long courses, 16-34 weeks
long, and short courses, a weekend or one to a couple of weeks long.
Beside these courses lectures, meetings, seminars etc are held all round
the year. Long courses, about ten every year, are attended daily by more
than 100 students. These women, from 17 to 70 years old and coming from
more than 20 different countries, all have different cultural
backgrounds and experiences and different aims with their studies. The
different courses have their own curriculum but all students meet at
meals, breaks, school meetings and at some subjects studied jointly.
The school has its own day- care centre for children from 1 year and
up to 6. There are vacancies for 27 children and the fee is lowest
Financial support is given by the state, the county council and the
city council of Goteborg.
Name of the project: NOW project "Local
Action for Women"
Project duration: 1996-1998
Participants: Irland, Finland, Sweden
Name of the project: PEDEC- Pedagogic Education,
Democracy in European Community
Project duration: 1997-1999
Participants: Irland, Germany, Hungary, Great Britain
Name of the project: Women Democracy and
Project duration: 1999-