About the Scandinavian School

SkolanA school run by parents
The school is run by an association where all parents are members. The association elects the board, which meets around once per month. The board is elected at the yearly meeting during September. All parents are welcome to the yearly meeting.

We are a school with a Scandinavian profile that accepts students and pre-school children from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Within the frame for the school’s activities there is a pre-school and a school. Here there are children and youths between the ages of 1 and 19.

Today the pre-school has 16 children between the ages of 1 to 5, and the school has 33 children between the ages of 6 to 16.

We are located by a quiet street in central Maputo in nice, appropriate premises with our own pool and sports court. Here the children can swim, train and have fun even after the end of the school day.

The Scandinavian school is a meeting place for children as well as adults in Maputo. Here you can borrow books, enjoy the pool at the weekends, watch films from Scandinavia or perhaps have a game of tennis.

In addition to pre-school and school we are offering:

  • Complementary education in Swedish and Norwegian for students outside of the Scandinavian School.
  • Education in the Scandinavian languages (depending on availability of teachers).
  • Portuguese for Scandinavians.
  • The possibility to rent the school premises for conferences and courses for Scandinavians who live in, or are temporarily visiting, Maputo.
  • A Scandinavian meeting place for groups on a temporary visit to Mozambique.

The school is a member of Swedish Schools Abroad Association (Svenska Utlandskolors Förening)

The school’s history
In the beginning the school was called the Swedish School and was created in the 1970’s in a house on Rua Dona Maria II in Sommershield, Maputo.  The school moved to its current location in the beginning of the 1980’s and at the same time the annex, the pool and the sports court was built. Already then the school was run the same way as it is today, i.e. with a parent association who elects a board. The Swedish Clinic, which was working in Maputo up until 2010, ran its activities for several years in the current school kitchen. In the beginning of the 1990’s the western wing of the house was built and a few years later the surface of the sports court was changed.

The number of children has varied between 30 and 80. There have always been children from Sweden, Norway and Denmark at the school. During many years 3-4 teachers were recruited from Sweden and the rest were locally employed. Many parents were also working at the school.

In the beginning there were only classes during mornings and no afternoon activities were arranged.  As the years passed the school days became longer, “fria” (free play after regular school hours) has been extended and since three years back school lunch is served for all, as well as fruit both in the morning and in the afternoon.

The pre-school was in the beginning called “Lill-Lekis” and started where the school office is located today, as a parent cooperative in the middle of the 1980’s. Maria and Albertina who still work at the pre-school today have been around since 1989 and 1986 respectively. In 2002 the pre-school moved to the main school building, but since March 2006 it is located in the newly renovated annex. During the first years “Lill-Lekis” had its own board and separate economy, but came under the responsibility of the school in the end of the 1990’s. “Lill-Lekis” changed its name to “Förskolan” in 2003.

The school changed its name to the Scandinavian School in 2004 in connection with the creation of a more Scandinavian profile. The school got freshened up both inside and outside during the first six months of 2006.

During the autumn term 2008 the pre-school extended its activity to include 1 – 2 year olds.