The Project2018-09-17T11:10:18+02:00

We believe dialogue increases tolerance

– and mutual understanding between different cultures

The Danish Dairies’ Board School Milk Scheme promotes children’s well-being and health in schools and also promotes dialogue between school children around the world.

With a friendship class a world away, you and your students will have the unique opportunity of hearing children’s accounts of what their life is like in another country. Working with a Danish panel of teachers, we have gathered inspiration, which we hope you can use in your teaching. The project is ideal as part of e.g. home economics, geography or history lessons. How and how much it is used is entirely up to you.

Teaching with an international twist
Once you have been assigned your friendship class, we suggest that you contact their teacher to discuss your expectations: what do you expect from each other and how often. You might want to create a closed Facebook group, where you, and perhaps the students, can write to each other. Otherwise, the first step is usually to write a letter, in which the class describes itself, the school, and what life is like in general in your country. After that, the two classes can continue to communicate via Skype or by email – and very quickly, two worlds far from each other are brought closer together.

The children in both countries will have a better understanding of cultures and different ways of life – and who knows, may become friends for life.

A million questions for children far away

It’s really cool having friends that live in another country! That is how seven to nine-year-old students react when they have a friendship class. They are bursting with curiosity and questions – so there is plenty of material to study. The younger students also love telling about themselves, so the children in their friendship class will likely learn just as much. The younger students most often communicate by drawing pictures for each other and writing a little.

The seven to nine-year-olds ask questions like:
• How do you live?
• Are you allowed to play when you’re in school?
• How do you celebrate birthdays?
• Do you have a PlayStation?
• Do you have any pets?

So similar yet so different

Ten to twelve-year-old students often look for similarities. They want to know what they have in common with the students from their friendship class. Maybe they play the same online games, enjoy the same sports, or like the same pop star. But they also want to learn about contrasts and differences and the things that set them apart culturally. They usually communicate via email or Skype, and many classes enjoy sending and receiving a short film about their everyday lives.

The ten to twelve-year-olds ask questions like:
• Do you go to the cinema?
• What do your houses look like?
• Do you have a king or a president?
• Do you have your own room?
• Do you ride a bike to school?

Another country with a different culture

Older students usually know a little about other countries, their geography and maybe their history. They are curious about different cultures and they focus on the contrasts. They want to know what it is like to be a teenager in a country with a different culture than their own. What are the other children’s relationships with parents and teachers like? What do they spend time doing with their friends?
There are many interesting topics for the students to discuss, both with each other over Skype or by email, but also in class.

The older children ask questions like:
• Are you allowed to go to parties?
• How many exams do you have each year?
• At what age do you move away from home?
• When can you vote?
• Do you go on field trips?

The Danish Dairies' Board School Milk Scheme promotes children's well-being and health in schools and dialogue between school children around the world.