The founders of a vegan school in Sweden say it is the first of its kind in the Nordic region.
Hagaskolan – Waldorfskolan in Solna, a growing municipality immediately northwest of Sweden’s capital city Stockholm, teaches children aged nine to 15.
It is based on the Waldorf educational philosophy, which is renowned for having a core interest in nature and the environment. It initially opened in 2006, then moved and became plant-based in 2018.
Hagaskolan, which runs as a non-profit, employs 28 staff and has an enrollment of 185 students.
According to the school, it offers an ‘innovative and relevant educational model for 21st-century lifestyle and concerns’. The 2019 theme for the curriculum is ‘Sustainability and Health’. Next year the theme of ethics will be added.
All food served at the school is vegan and organic. Meals include mac & cheese, soup, pad Thai, and samosas among others.
Completely vegan menu – and more
“In addition to being the first school in Sweden (perhaps all of the Nordics) that serves a completely vegan menu, we have more music and crafts on the schedule than other schools,” Veronica Blixt Myrsell, Principal of Hagaskolan, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.
“We have a safe, family environment and visitors usually point out
that there is a very warm atmosphere at the school. When the students move on, we want them to have developed into free-thinking, responsible people who can make a difference.”