The Euroguidance Network

October 2010

In this edition:

Guidance in the Bordering Region of Öresund

A Study Visit for Guidance Counsellors to Sweden and Denmark

A cross border study visit to Denmark and Sweden gave participants an opportunity to compare guidance systems in two countries and provided an opportunity for networking among European colleagues.

oresund bridge
Photo on the right: The bridge connecting Copenhagen and Malmö, crossing the sea of Öresund

 “…For Denmark and Sweden one of the key approaches to meeting these [social and economic] challenges would appear to be significant investment in guidance for learners and whilst guidance itself cannot eradicate social inequalities, it can assist in curtailing their worst excesses by contributing to inclusion for all in a truly participatory democracy…”

These are conclusions from David Coley, Union Learning Representative from the UK, who participated in a study visit to Malmö and Copenhagen, arranged by the Euroguidance centres in Denmark and Sweden. The visit was arranged with support from Study Visit Programme, within the Lifelong Learning Programme.

In total 13 participants from France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey, arrived in Copenhagen on May 16th 2010.

At Rosenborg castle
Photo on the right: Delegates in front of Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen

Ahead of the participants were  five days of a comprehensive programme, including group work in the evenings. In both countries, the educational and guidance systems were presented and afterwards the group was ready to visit and speak to practitioners and young people at guidance centres, schools and universities.

On the last day, mobility and co-operation in the region of Öresund was brought into focus.

David Coley continues his report; “…Clearly, the region of Oresund with its impressive new bridge and deep foundational social values in relation to learning, guidance and partnership working, all reflected through resource allocation and distribution, appears well positioned to bridge any current and future gaps within its increasingly integrated socio-economic structures. The only question now remaining is, can the Danes and Swedes build a bridge to the UK and transport their deeply embedded cultural heritage of valuing personal learning and development?”

After a week, the group returned home, not only with in-depth knowledge of the guidance systems in both countries, but also with a new European network of colleagues whom they will work with in the spirit of international co-operation in the future.

The need and interest for such a study visit is clear. The visit was one of the top scorers in the Cedefop’s study visit programme. It also highlighted a need for regular networking opportunities amongst guidance practitioners within the European programmes whose role is essential in increasing mobility amongst young people. Mobile guidance counsellors are more likely to promote mobility amongst their clients!

Photo on the right: Statue in Copenhagen by Johannes Hansen, 1942

 “I think that you should go and have a talk with your guidance counsellor

Birtha Theut, Euroguidance Denmark &
Nina Ahlroos, Euroguidance Sweden

More information:
The programme of the study visit (pdf)
David Coley's complete report from the study visit (word)
Cedefop's study visit programme