A short Summary of Children’s Universities in Sweden
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Swedish primary schools
In Sweden the population is 9,8 million living in 290 municipalities. Education in Sweden is mandatory for all children between age 7 and age 16. The number of pupils in primary schools continues to increase for several years with small pupil cohorts. In the academic year 2014/15 went nearly 950,000 pupils in compulsory education, an increase of just over 28,500 students from the previous academic year. According to current forecasts, the number of students continues to increase to nearly 1,034,000 pupil’s school year 2020/21.
In Sweden municipalities are responsible for primary schools. In the academic year 2014/15 there were 4040 municipal school units, 5 Sami school units and 800 independent school units at the primary level. The majority of primary school pupils attend public schools.
In primary school, there are over 90,000 teachers. Nine out of ten have a teaching degree. It is about 12 students per teacher in elementary school. Municipal schools have a slightly higher staffing ratio compared to independent schools.
In Sweden there are at least two non-profit organizations that could be named as part of the Swedish Children’s Universities, namely “Science Centers in Sweden” and ”Snilleblixtarna”.
Science Centers in Sweden www.fssc.se
There are over 3 000 Science Centers in the world, and in Sweden there are 18 Science Centers. Science centers are science museums open to the public that emphasize a hands-on approach, featuring interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to experiment and explore. The Science Center’s in Swedish has 2 million visitors per year, of which 315,000 are school pupils and 30,000 are teachers.
These 30,000 teachers are trained, and takes part of the Science Center’s scientific approach. The base concept requires: common set of values, it must be scientifically based, and accessible to the public. This is also reflected in the statutes for the Swedish Science centers.
”Touch a scientist, and you touch a child.” Ray Bradbury
“Science centers recognize that the three pillars of interactive science engagement are science knowledge, hands-on interaction, and dialogue and the co-creation of experiences with scientists and the public.” From Cape Town-deklarationen 2011