Lynge school is a school for asylum seeker children age from 6-17. The number of the children in 2016 is more than 150. At the time, most of them are from Syria, while others are from Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait and Afghanistan. There are also some children from Eastern Europe and Central Africa.
Wednesday on May 17th, I visited Lynge Red Cross school. When I arrived other teachers welcomed the children from the entrance door. Busses were coming from other camps in Roskilde, Kongelunden and from the new camp in Gilleleje.
The teachers were welcoming the children from the entrance door.
The teacher Louise went with me inside the school and showed me around. Children were playing, talking and laughing. It looked like a great school. I can see children are treated very well by the teachers.
My first class visit
First I visited the kindergarten class, where the kids are aged 6. Children start at 9.15 in the morning. There are two teachers and 16 children in the class. I stayed for a while to see how they learn in the class. One of the teachers was teaching them Danish words, numbers and to count how many children were in the class. They raised their hands and answered the teacher. They were very active and brave.
Louise was the teacher of this class. She has been working in Lynge school for the past 2 years. As we visited the kindergarten class, she explained to me how they teach the children and how the children behave.
Louise told me, that at first they don’t know any language. They use sign language.
Some of them have never been in school before. It can be difficult because they don’t sit, they run around so the teachers have to teach them everything from the beginning: The alphabet, the numbers, the basic mathematics, and how to write numbers and letters.
What it’s most important to teach
Louise said that the most important is the Danish language. Then comes appropriate social behavior, meaning that the school teaches them how to not be violent, how to love each other, and what Danish culture can be.
I asked Louise why these children are not going directly to regular Danish schools.
“I think that for the newcomers who don’t know Danish, and of whom few are speaking English for them it’s very difficult directly to be moved directly to Danish school,” she said.
“Because they will be confused, that the other kids are familiar with the language, and to mix with them is very difficult. And very hard to understand. But if they started from here it a very good basic after to moved to danish school,” she finished.
The IT class
I visited an IT class, in which the children are aged 12-15. They call it middle class, now they are in IT learning how to use the computer. One of the teachers is from Iran, and her name is Farideh T. Hamadani. She has been working in Lynge School for two months.
I asked her if to to teach asylum seekers is difficult.
“From the beginning it’s very hard to understand them, and sometimes they don’t listen,” she said. “But I tell them easily you life street here don’t do this don’t do that, and after that they start to listen and love me. I’m so excited to be here to help them I would like to help them any time, any way. Some of them are here without parents. I am very happy to be here, and I love the school.”
The future hopes of children from Bangladesh and Syria
I also met couple of children and decided to ask them about their dreams for the future.
Goibo Saldana is 12 years old and from Bangladesh. She came to center Sandholm with her parents 5 months ago, but she has been in Denmark now for 2 years.
I asked her if she likes like the school. “No,” she said, “because before I was in another school and I had friends there, and I used to see the same children every day. But here I don’t have any friends, because most of them they speak Arabic and we don’t understand each other.”
Goibo has been going to school in Bangladesh also, but she likes Danish school better. How can that be, I ask.
“Because in my country if I don’t work home work or if I make a mistake, the teacher hit me,” she said. “Here the teachers are like friends, if you do any mistakes they just explain it to you. I like here we are more free.”
And what are Goibos plans for the future? “I would like to be a doctor,” she said. “Because in India, Africa and my country many people lose their life. I would like to help them.”
I also met Joudi and Maya from Syria. Joudi has been in Denmark for five months, while Maya has been here for ten.
Joudi and Maya are very happy about Lynge school. The two good friends told me how they didn’t have computers in the school in Syria.
“Some teachers are not good,” they said, referring to their school in Syria. “Here we are safe and happy we learn everything in a different way. And we have good care by our teachers.”
And the future hopes of these young ladies?
Joudi would like to be a model and designer, while Maya she would like to be the owner of a clothes shop.
My wish was good luck for everyone!