A group of students and researchers from the Minority Changemaker Programme at Jaruplund Højskole visited South Tyrol from 16th to 20th May 2022 as part of a three-month academic curriculum focusing on national minorities. Students from all over Europe and various national minorities joined the Programme, enjoying a full week in South Tyrol.
In addition to seminars and meetings with our Center for Autonomy Experience around questions of minority protection, the group visited the South Tyrolean Provincial Council, taking part in intimate sit-down sessions with local politicians and university scholars. Students spent a day in the industrial district of Bozen / Bolzano, visiting NOI Techpark, terraXcube, and Athesia, where they learned about the European Association Of Daily Newspapers (Midas). The group also took a day trip to Val Gardena / Grödental, where it saw first-hand how children grow up speaking four languages during a visit to a Ladin school. Between the events, the students enjoyed excursions to cultural sights – like Runkelstein Castle and the historical city of Brixen / Bressanone – as well as a day of hiking. The Danish minority in the border between Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) and Denmark is made up of approximately 50,000 persons. In the border region, Danes, Germans, Frisians and Sinti and Roma have lived side by side for centuries.