Established in 1948, Gudenaadalens Efterskole still carries on its founding ambition of helping students form and develop not just as academics but as social beings and responsible citizens. Now, as then, this is done with a strong focus on sport, music and creativity. “The school was founded on the idea that we should educate young people to become responsible citizens capable of functioning in a democratic society, and song, storytelling and sports were the tools,” explains principal Jesper Emil Sørensen, who has been at the school for the last 17 years. “Today, we’re running a modern efterskole; we have modernised facilities and so on to match our time, but the focus on sport, music and solidarity is still at the heart of everything.”