Press Release from the previous Board of Directors
The Board, which now has been removed by the Civil Directorate, has,
throughout the 14 years since the establishment of the Foundation in 1987,
carried out 56 Board Meetings. During these meetings it has elaborated
applications, evaluated a large amount of reports with attached Project
Accounts and decided whether each single project has fulfilled the
regulations of the Assessment Committee and the Foundation Regulations of
Denmark. Continuously, the Board has consulted the Foundation's Accountant,
and been seeking legal opinions and advice from experts within the
individual project areas.
The Board has carried out this work with great inthusiasm, and often it
has been necessary to gain indepth knowledge into other countries and
single local areas. They have possessed the courage and vision necessary
in order to enter into projects where success has not been certain, and
where big sizes and slowly movable mechanisms have been parts of the
consideration, for some projects over a period of years, e.g. in the
project with the satellite-TV-channel "The Vocie of the Thrid world",
the environmental project Floryl in Brasil, or the AIDS projects in Africa.
The Board has enjoyed a vivid interactivity with the benefactors; the
Board has always enthusiastically explained about the projects and the
results through pictures, films and reports, and the benefactors have in
return put up numerous questions and queried and further inspired the
Board to intensify their work.
Until 26th June 2001 the Board included 5 persons
Poul Jørgensen, former principal of folk high school and
teacher training college, Chairma of Fælleseje.
Bodil Ross Sørensen, former folk high school principal and
Steen Conradsen, former principal in England, teacher and
lecturer at The Necesaray Tecaher Training College ( Det
Finn Tersløv Jørgensen, teacher, windmill constructor, now
practical leader of course centre.
Bolette Gunst, teacher, former manager at The Necessary Teacher
Training College and educational consultant..
On the occasion of the letter from the Danish Civil Directorate of 26th
June 2001 where they remove the Board of Directors of the Foundation in
Support of Humanitarian purposes, to enhance research and to the
protection of the environment, the Foundation would like to put
forward the following statement:
During a meeting held on 16th May 2001 at the offices of the Civil
Directorate, the Foundation Board asked the Civil Directorate to go
through all of the grants given out by the Foundation, in order to
ascertain whether its grants actually were within the objectives of the
The Foundation made it clear that if the Civil Directorate did not
welcome this requirement the Foundation would ask for a writ of subpoena
in order to sue the Civil Directorate.
In the letter of 26th June 2001, the Civil Directorate states that they
are not interested at this point in time in going through the list of
grants as requested by the Foundation. In the same letter the Civil
Directorate removes the Board of Directors for the Foundation.
The purpose of removing the Board is, as far as the Foundation is
concerned, solely to prevent that the Foundation’s request of going
through the list of grants is taken to the courts for investigation.
By removing the Board the Civil Directorate wants to prevent the courts
from investigating the legality of the grants in a lawsuit initiated by
the Board, in a similar way to the one the state administration and the
Danish Parliament used in 1996, where they, without luck, tried to prevent
a court case between the Ministry of Education versus the Schools. It must
by now be clear that the question whether the grants are actually in full
correlation with the Foundation’s written objectives, will not be taken
up in court.
It must be added that it is completely untenable that the Civil
Directorate is removing a Board as a reaction to the fact that the same
Board has supplied the Directorate with the requested materials.
To remove a Board can only take place in the situation where the Board
has not delivered the requested materials.
Attention must be given to the fact that the State Court Judge
(Kammeradvokaten), on behalf of the Ministry of Education, reported
various schools with relation the School cooperation Tvind, where he
claims that the schools had committed certain unlawful acts. The
Prosecution Authorities found no evidence upon which they could build a
The decision taken by the Civil Directorate on 26th June 2001 is thus
to continue the negative discrimination which the Danish State is
performing against institutions and persons who according to the State
have any connection with the School cooperation Tvind.
This is against the Supreme Court Ruling which declared that the
Discriminational Law of 1996 (Særloven mod Tvind) was against the Danish
Ulfborg, 28th June 2001.
The Foundation in Support of Humanitarian purposes, to enhance research
and to the protection of the environment.
The Board, (removed by the Civil Directorate decision of 26th June,