Photo: L.M. Johannessen
The Nordic School was registered in 1970 under the Swedish School Society (SSS) after an agreement between the Governments of Tanzania and Sweden.
The Nordic Primary school was originally located above the Morogoro Stores (off Chole Rd). In the 1970s, the school administered Nordic children from preschool up to 9th grade. The number of children grew drastically and the premises became too small. In 1978, the Ministry of Lands offered the Nordic School the vacant plot at the corner of Chole Rd and Ruvu Rd.
The school commissioned a Swedish architect, Inger Thede and a Danish architect Niels Hansen, Afritimu (T) Ltd, to do the actual design job using the standard drawings from Ministry of Education, Project Planning Section. The school accommodated preschool “förskola”, as well as grades 1 to 9 and rooms for the children to stay after school hours. Sports facilities were established including tennis court, football court, and later a swimming pool. A Nordic library was also developed available for the children and the adults and a residential house was built on the plot for the head master.
The school was finalised and handed over during 1980 and in 1981, the Hon. Queen Silvia of Sweden officially inaugurated the new School site together with the Tanzanian School Minister.
The Nordic School was not only a School back in these days but also a meeting place for the Nordic Community. Inger Thede remembers: 'To us, who worked and lived in Tanzania during that time the Swedish School was not only a school, it became a Nordic school, and a Nordic Centre. It was hard times then when Tanzania was in war with Idi Amin'.
Currently the Nordic School has pre school and after school activities for children from 1,5 to 15 years old, complementary language learning and sport activities.