„The dream is beginning this fall,” says Edda Huld Sigurdardóttir, who along with handball champion Ólafur Stefánsson, artist Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson and Jenný Gudrún Jónsdóttir, a teacher, will open a new elementary school in a building which used to house Reykjavik’s Health Care Center. Visir.is reports this today.
Ólafur Stefánsson at a charity golf tournament. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
According to Sigurdardóttir, the former principal of Ísaksskóli, a private elementary school, the new school will emphasize creative education, significantly different from traditional teaching methods.
„We will be going down a very different path but we can’t discuss that further at this stage. We have a meeting with the Mayor next Wednesday,” she explains and notes that the necessary permits for operating a school have not been acquired yet, even though the preparation is in the final stages.
The new school will be for children from 6 to 12 years of age. They will, however, begin with around sixty students, age five to ten. The facilities, on the ground floor of the former Health Care Center, have recently been refurbished and meet all regulations.
“The ideas that I and Jenný Gudrun Jónsdóttir have harmonize perfectly with Thorsteinsson’s vision. Like me, she has an educational background. And recently, Stefánsson joined us,” Sigurdardóttir explains. “We feel it in our hearts that what we are starting is right. We are all very different, but still we share a vision: To meet every child’s needs, to look inside and find out what they need to express.”
Thorsteinsson and Stefánsson, silver medalist from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will both participate in the education. “Thorsteinsson will be with us on a daily basis. Stefánsson will be playing handball in Germany but will be with us as much as his schedule allows.”