The Nordic School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania provides daycare, based on Nordic pedagogical principles, for children aged 1 1/2-6 years, Nordic language classes and a wide variety of afternoon activities for children aged 5-15 years.
The School is situated on the corner of Chole Road and Ruvu Street - a tranquil residential area next to the International School of Tanganyika (IST) on the Msasani Peninsular just outside the city centre.
Among the great facilities are a large shaded playground, a swimming pool, a tennis court and spacious fanned/air-conditioned rooms. At present, there are around 57 children and 9 teachers at the school. In addition language classes in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish are offered to children above 5 years of age.
The School provides a Nordic inspired educational environment based on Nordic pedagogical principles where children take centre stage. Children of the school will accordingly develop and maintain the Nordic identity and develop intercultural understanding in a safe and secure environment. Children's right to, and the importance of play, is at centre stage at the School. The children will develop languages, life skills and physical coordination through interaction and play, each according to their ability. The school promotes fundamental democratic values and equal value for all children/people and respect for each other. Democracy, equity and equality are core principles in teaching at the Nordic Pre- & After School. Thus, the children learn to take responsibility both as individuals and in groups as well as to respect and include each other in decision-making and when playing. It is also important for us to maintain and develop our cultural identity through celebrating traditional Nordic holidays such as Lucia, Christmas, Shrovetide (fastelavn) and Easter.
All teachers speak Swedish, Norwegian or Danish and understand the others, so that the children can communicate in their mother tongue.
Currently there are 22 children in the Pre School and 31 children in the After school and Youth Club.
Why is speaking the mother tongue so important for childrens development?
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