Friday, 8 January 2010

History of Tvind

History of Tvind:


It started in 1970 when a group of young Danes started an experimenting school on the island of Fanø in western Denmark. In 1967-68 they had travelled around the world and seen the poverty of the third world. The school is not about knowledge but consciousness. The aim is to reform the world using maoist theories about the third world as the motor of the great revolution.

1972 they bought a small farm in western Jutland called Tvind. There they built several schools including af teachers college. All the schools recieved public subsidies according to the very liberal danish law of education.
1977 UFF was founded. It has many aliases around the world: Humana, DAPP, ADPP etc. From the beginning it has supported communist regimes especially in southern Africa. Tvind has a special relationship to Robert Mugabe because UFF supported his movement when it was still in exile in Mozambique.
1978 The worlds largest wind turbine was erected in Tvind. It is today the worlds oldest megawatt wind turbine still running, although not at full power.

1983, 1st of february, the Tvind owned ship, "Activ", went down in the English Channel in a heavy storm. 8 people died. The tragedy could have been prevented if they had listened to warnings but Tvind only rarely listens to outsiders. They know best.
1988 The teachers college no longer recieved state subsidies, and the graduates have no acces to work in danish schools, except Tvind of course.
1980-1996 in spite of heavy criticism and some setbacks Tvind kept expanding, nationally and internationally. 1996 a law was passed denying state subsidies to all 32 Tvind schools in Denmark. The law was declared non-constitutional by the high court in 1999 but Tvind still does not recieve any money from the state.
Due to recent law suits (see update) Tvind activities in Denmark seem to have decreased, although Tvind now run several institutions for criminal and troubled youths with financial support of local authorities.

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