The Educational Programme
Utøya is a unique place for remembrance, learning and engagement. Every year, thousands of pupils and young people engaged in civil society organizations, youth councils, youth clubs, sports and other arenas for youth engagement visit the learning centre at Utøya. They come here to learn about the terror attacks 22 July 2011 and how they can promote democratic values and stand up against anti-democratic attitudes and actions in society.
Young people from all over Norway participate in the educational programme at Utøya. They learn about the terror attacks on 22 July 2011 and experience Utøya as a place for remembrance, learning and engagement. At the learning centre they strengthen their engagement in society, learn and practice democratic citizenship, meet new friends and get support for peer-to peer activities after their training at Utøya. The educational programme at Utøya is based on the conviction that any well-functioning democracy has to be founded on democratic values, attitudes and practices, meaning a democratic culture which is fostered and promoted by democratic citizens. The objective is to strengthen the democratic competence of young people – their knowledge, values, attitudes, and skills.
What We Offer
Pupils from all over Norway participate in the educational programme at Utøya. The learning and training activities for pupils range from three-day workshops to one-day visits. The learning centre also offers workshops for teachers and teacher students.
The learning centre at Utøya offers various training activities for young people engaged in civil society organizations, youth councils, youth clubs, sports and other places for youth engagement and activism.
Utøya has a long-standing tradition as a meeting place for international solidarity and peace work. After the terror attacks 22 July 2011, Utøya has become an international symbol of how democracy cannot be taken for granted. The reopening of Utøya as a place for peaceful dialogue and education for democratic citizenship and human rights is a powerful and inspiring example of young people’s resilience to extremism and terror. Today, young people come to Utøya from all over the world to share experiences and collaborate to promote democratic values and practices.
Lars Gudmundson, Head of Utøyas Educational Programmes
Lars is the Head of "Hegnhuset" (The House that Safeguards), where Utøyas learning activities take place.