Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Swedish Schools Abroad
Students get the Swedish language and culture – and at the same time they learn French and meet friends from around the world.
Children are welcome to the nursery from the age of one.
Language is an important part of the school.
Swedish language and culture in an international context “School should be fun, safe and developing on all levels,” says Guri Miran, headmistress at the Swedish School of Geneva – a trilingual school currently focusing on pre-school and the early school years. Students come from around the world, but the pedagogy and curriculum are Swedish. By Ellinor Thunberg | Photos: The Swedish School of Geneva
“We are a trilingual school and compete with local and international schools, while many Swedish schools abroad are for Swedish students only. The school is 45 years old, but it has been running in its current guise since 2011. It means we run a Swedish school with Swedish teaching methods in an international environment,” Miran explains. At the Swedish School of Geneva, you can choose a Swedish-French or English-French path where the students will meet one teacher for each language to develop their skills in a natural way. “We see really good results. The two languages are developed in a very undramatic way because they are surrounded by them all the time,” the headmistress says. 64 | Issue 95 | December 2016
Nowadays, many families want an international experience for their children when they move abroad, a change over the years according to Miran. “I have been working in schools abroad for 15 years and I can see a significant change,” she says. “Back then, families moved abroad but still wanted the Swedish security, while today they tend to move out seeking to give their children an international experience, and that is when our school is a good alternative. They get the Swedish language and culture alongside the French at the same time as they meet friends from around the world.”
Teaching with the individual at heart The Swedish School of Geneva is a place where everyone will know your name –
no matter if you are a parent or student. The children take pleasure in lifelong learning. Starting with the individual’s background, language and knowledge, they are supported in their continuous learning and knowledge development. Small groups make it possible to work with the individual child and adapt the education to specific circumstances and needs. “We work a lot with the children’s self-esteem to make them feel valued for who they are. We actively work with an open dialogue, where everybody’s opinion matters,” Miran says. Next summer, the school will move to new eco-friendly facilities with room for 120 children instead of the current capacity of 70. The premises are centrally located but also close to nature and will be ready in the summer of 2017.
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