For those who have the desire and will to cultivate professional interests even more.
“My class went there with our teachers in history and religion and some of the things we did formed part of a cross-curricular project, “ Sentooran Balayendran explains. “Before the trip we had studied the protestant reformation in history and in religion we had acquainted ourselves with different theories about secularization.”
Thus prepared, the students met with member of parliament Naser Khader at Christiansborg, the national parliament. “Khader believes that muslims need to reform their religion and considers the protestant reformation a source of inspiration. For example the idea that it is more important to focus on one’s inner life and faith than rules of how to dress – an opinion that of course relates to the recurrent debate about the Islamic veil,” Sentu further explains.
“It definitely adds something that you get to meet him and have the opportunity to ask questions,” Sentu says.
The students had also prepared a vox pop before the trip. The plan was to interview people in the shopping streets of inner Copenhagen about whether for example the Danish Popular Church should be separated from the state. “I was a bit uncomfortable to begin with, but once we got started it was no problem. People were friendly and didn’t mind answering a few questions.”
A general objective of Grenaa Gymnasium’s trips to Copenhagen is to let the students become acquainted with the capital city in a historical perspective.
“We had a guided tour in an authentic Victorian home and we visited the National Museum. We also did our own city walk and took turns explaining facts about the buildings and monuments. I talked about the Old Stock Exchange. There was also a nice morning run around the lakes in central Copenhagen.”
Sentu finds that the excursion to Copenhagen is very relevant. “Now I have seen the Golden Horns! It is our history. To me this trip contributes to one’s education as a citizen.”