The King at the opening of Sofielund School. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/Scanpix
On Friday 18 February, The King visited Södra Sofielund and Seved in Malmö.
The day began with a visit to Sofielund School's new premises. Sofielund School is in Södra Sofielund in Malmö, and encourages children and young people to develop their sense of curiosity and to have an influence over their education. The new premises are equipped with the latest technology, and every pupil has his or her own laptop computer. The King gave a speech and talked about his visit in 2005, when he promised to return to see if things were going according to plan. "Now I've come back to Sofielund School to see what has happened and what you've achieved. I understand that you've kept the promises you made five years ago. A great deal has changed since then. I'm impressed!" After the opening ceremony, The King was given a tour of the school. He visited one of the school's new classrooms, where he met Class 5ab and their teacher Marie Strömberg. He was also shown the recreation centre. The King had lunch at the school's canteen, and members of the pupils' council sat at his table. The King also visited the Ungdomsskolan Goes East project. This provides free courses for young people aged 13-19, offering them a free, fun education without any performance requirements. The afternoon began with a visit to Garaget and Dialoglabbet. Garaget is a venue with a library, a creative workshop and an organic café, where all are welcome. Dialoglabbet arranges citizen participation and dialogue technique courses for City of Malmö officials and politicians who want to improve their skills. The King then visited the Seved area and the Barn i Stan association, which is run by the Hidde Iyo Dhaqan association. The King concluded his visit to Seved by visiting Seved's new music studio and the Kompasssen open preschool which, in 2010, won the City of Malmö Integration Prize.