A new partnership between University College Copenhagen and the Human Library Organization means that all future social workers will be invited to join a Human Library event, as a part of their education.
Twice every year the new students at the Institute for Social Work will, as part of the intro process for the education, become readers of the Human Library. A meeting that will give the new students an early insight into the many shades of humanity, and that behind each title there is an individual life story and understanding.
“It is part of a bigger vision that is now being fulfilled and an ideal situation for all parties. The agreement ensures that our books are read by knowledge hungry students who will soon work with many of the topics we have on the bookshelf. So, I think we are hitting the nail on the head with this one. ”says Ronni Abergel, founder of the Human Library.
The partnership has become a reality after the Human Library’s first visit to Metropol in 2017, on the 80th anniversary of the Social Workers education. The experience was so positive for all parties that it now becomes a more formalized cooperation.
“The Human Library represents the entire wide palette of humanity. As a social worker, it is very important to be curious and open, and to be able to create a respectful meeting with all people. We have an education where we pride ourselves, on being very close to the praxis. It is the new students who will take part in he Human Library, so it will be clear from the start what kind of reality they will enter in their future profession. “Says Helle Walsted Samuelsen, Head of Education at the Institute for Social Work at the University College Copenhagen.