From Lidingö to the global community
Futuraskolan is mainly known for its International School of Stockholm. But the acclaimed school is just the tip of the iceberg that is the Futura network. The company runs no less than seven other schools and eight pre-schools in the Stockholm region – all bilingual and free of charge.
Bilingual and international
As Stockholm is growing, demand for schools with education in English and Swedish is soaring. At Futuraskolan International Gåshaga, bilingualism is important, but the international philosophy goes beyond just language skills.
The school’s fairly new principal, Racheal-Ann Narcis-Björk, moved from the Caribbean island of Trinidad to live and study in New York for eight years. She then found the love of her life and moved with him to Sweden and Östersund in 2003. After a few years, she wanted to work in a more international environment again, and choose Stockholm.
– It would have been more difficult to learn Swedish if I had moved here directly. The level of internationalisation in Stockholm is really high, and the children of today participate in the global community through games, travels and the internet.
An important part of Futuraskolan’s overarching philosophy is to create world citizens. But what does that really mean in an educational context?
– For me, it’s important that the children learn about the world and get to experience different cultures in order to build global understanding that goes beyond their own bubble. We want our students to be adaptable and prepared for any situation or environment. And that can only be taught through an open culture.
Everything is connected
Futuraskolan’s curriculum falls under the Swedish school law, but with that foundation there are ways of adding extra layers. At Gåshaga, the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is being used in addition.
– IPC basically allows us to combine different school subjects into more thematic concepts. That way, it can be easier to apply the knowledge in a global context since everything is connected.
We want our students to be adaptable and prepared for any situation or environment
Another way of creating understanding for a connected world is to help others. The Global Citizenship Project is a vital part of Futuraskolan’s aim of fostering empathy and encouraging social sustainability. The students participate in local environmental projects as well as sending donations and equipment to a partner school in The Philippines.
Racheal-Ann is happy to work in a value-driven school environment.
– It is apparent that the children are the focus here at Futuraskolan. A sound learning environment is the top priority at our school, with happy students and motivated teachers running a close second.
Working hard to find the right high quality produce and making the extra effort to work with distributors who represent the ethical values of Futuraskolan is a priority for us.
A great example of this is the pork meat and handmade sausages we buy from Svenska Gårdar. All of their meats come from farms prized for their animal welfare and the products are made without artificial additives. This is important to us when we choose our purveyors as we aim to serve our students warm and healthy meals that also represent our core values.
Following these guidelines and ambitions, we always make sure that we are representing our value ground and fulfilling our promise to the families in the school community by serving our students food that is:
Fresh: Never frozen, avoiding semi-finished products.
Swedish: Local produce, aiming for short transport and low CO2 footprint.
Seasonal: Produce in season are flavourful and sold at the best possible price.
Combining the wishes from our students in the Student Council (Elevråd) in the organization and adhering to the guidelines the authorities give us, we aim to prepare student friendly, healthy choices for a fine lunch experience.
You can find our menu at: skolmaten.se/futuraskolan-international/
Address: Värdshusvägen 3-5, 181 66 Lidingö
Principal: Racheal-Ann Björk
+46 (0) 739-73 38 12