Education and health care

Schools, gymnasiums and higher educations

There are a total of 41 elementary schools in Qaasuitsup Municipality. Typically, the schools in the larger towns have forms one through ten, while the smaller schools in the settlements have forms one through seven. The principal challenges of the elementary schools, particularly in the settlement schools, are a low number of pupils and an urgent need for rehabilitation.

The Villads Villadsenip efterskolia continuation school is situated in Qasigiannguit and has up to 80 pupils. The continuation school has three main subjects: Adventure/outdoor, Design/art and Communications/IT. The school has achieved great results in advancing their pupils through the educational system: Following the continuation school, more than 70 per cent of the pupils choose to take a higher education.

The gymnasium in the municipality, GU-Aasiaat (North Greenland Gymnasium), is situated in Aasiaat and is affiliated with 17 dormitories of various design and function. Additionally, GU-Aasiaat has leases in the town. Annually, around 90 students graduate from the gymnasium.

Each of the eight towns has a local so-called Piareersarfik, which offers a one-year preparation programme to upgrade skills or prepare students for a trade or a higher education.

The only fishing, sealing and whaling school in Greenland is situated in Uummannaq. The school offers a two-year programme in fishing, sealing and whaling. In addition to this, Greenland has a teachers' college situated in Ilulissat.

The town plan will ensure the required areas for, e.g., extension and improvement of the facilities of the municipal schools and educational institutions. While the eight towns of Qaasuitsup Municipality will continue to be consolidated as centres for education, the future planning period will primarily focus on rehabilitation and small-scale extensions of the existing schools and educational institutions. It is estimated that the relevant subareas of the town plan have the required capacity.

Health care

Within Qaasuitsup Municipality, there are two health regions, Disko and Avannaa, which were established at the implementation of the health-care reform in January 2011. Each region has a regional hospital, which has the overall responsibility for the health services in the region, also including the affiliated hospitals, health-care centres and the smaller nursing stations. The two regional hospitals of the municipality are located in Aasiaat and Ilulissat, respectively, while the other six towns have health-care centres or hospitals, as shown on the main structure map.

The health regions also provide dental services with at least one dentist per district. In Kangaatsiaq and Qaanaaq, dental services are only provided part of the year.

With the health-care reform of 2011, telemedicine was introduced to the citizens of more remotely located settlements. Experience with the use of telemedicine varies, but with the employment of a telemedicine consultant in 2013 it was decided to continue and further develop the health-care offer to correctly diagnose illnesses and start treatment more quickly and easily.

The future health-care work builds on the current regional structure, with health-care services being present and accessible throughout the country, and the digitising in progress continuing. A particular focus will be on preventive measures and health promotion in light of the future higher expenses due to more senior citizens, more lifestyle diseases, more costly and specialised treatments as well as higher demands for quality and citizen contact – all to the benefit of the citizens of Qaasuitsup Municipality.

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Last edited 28-1-2014