The Fridagymnasiet upper secondary school in Vänersborg, Sweden, is an independently run school founded in 2006. It is part of the Fridaskolorna school organisation with five compulsory schools in the western part of Sweden. The school is quite small with 130 Students and 20 staff.
It has an outspoken ICT vision, with 1-1 (one laptop per person) for all staff and students, using online books, digital platforms, shared documents etc. We, i.e. students and staff, are in the process of designing a new platform for schools to replace a number of programmes needed for administration, student presence, budget, pedagogical planning, documentation, evaluation, assessment, parent information etc. This also means there is a plan for IST for the coming years implementing this new tool.
Fridagymnasiet has been involved in International projects since 1999 and has coordinated three Comenius- as well as three Youth projects together with the Austrian partner school, among which was participation in the WYPS - World Youth Peace Summit held by the UN in Sarajevo in 2004. The school has experience in hosting meetings and exchanges and the students always cooperate with another European partner school to make an exchange during their third and final year.
The Fridagymnasiet also has a clear intention to provide international influences at school, eg. exchange students and teacher trainees and teacher trainers from universities in other countries, to create various arenas for language- and interdisciplinary collaborations in projects using ICT and digital forums but also to create the opportunity for personal meetings with students from other countries and study trips to implement the learning of democratic and ethic values.
The Swedish National Agency presented the Fridagymnasiet last Comenius project as a good project example and the contact person lectured about project management to teachers from all over Sweden.
Karin Helmerson, international coordinator,
Phone: +46 707 216 218