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Brown Bag Lunch: The Opposite of School

  • IMPACT HUB Ottawa 71 Bank Street Ottawa Canada (map)

Is Canada ready for a Nordic invention?

What do Rosa Parks, Banff Centre for Arts, and millions of Scandinavian students have in common? They are all connected to an alternative community college model called a Folk High School, a residential year-long college that often focuses on personal or professional development without requiring grades, exams or even tuition. Over three hundred folk high schools have emerged across Scandinavia since beginning 150 years ago and there have even been attempts to start them in Canada too!

If you have an interest in youth, training, education, community engagement, activism, and gap years, this presentation is for you! Come learn about what folk high schools are all about, their potential in Canada and how we can make it happen together.

Presented by Nico Koenig, an adult education and community development consultant currently based in Ottawa. Find out more about his work at

Earlier Event: February 3
French Conversations at HUB