Nordic International School (NIS)introduce Glocal School system in Pakistan on Monday 11th September 2017 by opening its doors in New Muslim Town, Lahore. The school covers Kindergarten to Grade 5 in the first year, expanding to Grade 6 in 2018. The Campus is first of the several schools to be opened in Pakistan in the Nordic International system.
Nordic International is one of the few recognised international schools in the country. Its curriculum and teaching methods have been developed through extensive research making it a research-based school. The onus of their teachings lies on the personal approach they take meaning that NIS believe that every student has an individual personality and their own pace of learning and so deserve individual attention. At the end of the day, NIS aims to help make global leaders out of their students.
On the occasion, Odd Eiken, Director of the Board of Glocal Schools and CEO of NordicEd said; “Our idea is to merge this into Glocal School, which is a combination between it being global and local. It will be a Pakistani school anchored in the values, culture, language and history of Pakistan, Lahore and the community but it will have global outreach. So it will be connected with our schools in different parts of the world and will also be bringing in what we think is lacking in traditional Pakistani schools.”
Taha Zamir Hussain CEO Glocal Eduproject has said; “This is a joint venture between a Sweden education provider with a recognized family in Pakistan, the Saigol family. Together we intend to set up a chain of schools across Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. But just because it’s a joint venture, it doesn’t really make it international unless our leadership is international, a leadership with a global perspective. We are proud to announce that till date we have around eight nationalities in our employ. To compete with the education in the west and be better than them, we need to find the right formula in assessments and curriculum.”
The New Muslim Town campus is a boutique campus, designed to host a maximum capacity of 300 students. In this inspiring environment, NIS focuses on the development of the whole person with the major investment being in the child’s intellectual and personal development. Starting with a staffing model that is built around a leadership team with global experience, Nordic called itself a Glocal school and by that, they mean that even if they are based internationally and have an international staff, they really want to emphasize on the local culture (in this case Pakistan).