In October 2014, two teachers at Fria Läroverken visited Miami Beach Senior High School to discuss international exchange.
On Friday 24 October 2014, Erik Axelsson and Eva Nilsek at Fria Läroverken in Karlstad travelled to the United States to visit Miami Beach Senior High School (as part of a European Union funded project). The Miami school, whose original motto was “Let us be known for our deeds”, is a prestigious academy with over 3.000 students of diverse nationalities. It has a proud history dating back to 1926 when it was founded. The school offers several different programs quite similar to those of Fria Läroverken, like media, technology and athletics.
Since 2010, Miami Beach Senior High School has been recognized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, which allows their IB students to graduate with a special diploma. Carlos Rodriguez, the coordinator of the IB program, was the teacher who invited Erik Axelsson and Eva Nilsek to Miami.
During the Swedes’ five-day school visit, Carlos Rodriguez proved to be an enthusiastic teacher with a passion for internationalization. He was eager to discuss how the two schools could benefit from each other from a global perspective. His students were equally willing to learn more about Sweden and Fria Läroverken. In fact, two students from the esteemed debate team even filmed a short message to the students at Fria Läroverken in Karlstad (see the clip below).
Benefits of the Project
Erik Axelsson and Eva Nilsek were more than happy with the result of their week at Miami Beach Senior High School. They had met amazing, open-minded students and teachers with whom they had been involved in fruitful discussions about teaching and internationalization. A very concrete example of the success of the meeting can be found on our website: the Miami school has its own unique section on the Creative Lion website where their students will contribute with material.
Text: Thomas Hammargren
Photo: Eva Nilsek