Amina talks about life in Sweden
On this page you can read about:
- Children in Sweden go to school every weekday.
- Children get free lunch at school every day.
- Common extracurricular activities after school hours.
- Everyone in Sweden should be treated equally. It doesn’t matter what your gender, background, or religion is, or who you fall in love with. Everyone has equal rights.
- Children have rights that adults must respect.
- In Sweden, it is important to protect the environment and to sort waste and recycle.
- The number for the police, fire brigade or ambulance is 112. You call this number in case of emergency.
Amina and the other children in the letter are fictional.
My school day ends at 15:00 in the afternoon. The younger kids sometimes need to stay at school a little longer, until their mom or dad can pick them up. Then they get to stay at “fritids” (the after-school centre) where they can play, eat a snack, and do their homework. I really enjoyed going to the after-school centre when I was younger!
Mom or Dad sometimes comes to school to meet my teachers and talk about how things are going. Then I also get to talk about what I think is good and what I might need a little extra help with.
We usually get homework assignments - schoolwork that we do at home - every week. I usually do them on my computer. It took some time to learn how to use it, but I got help from my teachers and my friends, so now it’s going great. Sometimes I need a little extra help with my schoolwork. Then my parents or teachers help me.
Something that was new to me when I came to Sweden was that adults here must respect children, just as children should respect adults. For example, this means that the teachers aren’t allowed to beat the pupils as punishment for something that happened at school. In Sweden, no adults are ever allowed to hit children! It’s against the law.
Once a week, I go to swimming lessons after school. I really like swimming and I’ve made friends there. Sometimes I take the bus there myself. It’s just a short distance from where I live. I’ve learned how to buy a ticket and where to get off the bus.
Questions to think about and discuss:
- What do you think of Amina’s letter?
- Is there anything in the letter that seems new to you?
- Do you usually go to school every day?
- What do you like to do in your leisure time?
If something urgent happens, such as an accident, a fire or a crime, you should call 112.
112 is Sweden’s emergency number. An emergency is when you need urgent help from an ambulance, fire brigade or the police. These services are reliable in Sweden. Someone always answers the phone when you call. They will ask what has happened and send the right help.
Remember that you can only call 112 in emergency or life-threatening situations!