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(Thanks: The team from Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet who provided maths help to younger students)

A successful new project has seen older students given the chance to pass on their knowledge and expertise to those following in their footsteps.

A group of 19 students from Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm has spent many hours in the classroom helping younger students at several of Internationella Engelska Skolan's schools throughout Stockholm to hone their maths skills. The gymnasiet students gathered in the conference room at head office to enjoy a fika and be thanked for their efforts.

As well as receiving the thanks of the organisation's CEO, Peter John Fyles, each student was given a certificate and cinema tickets.

Student turned mentor Henrik Bark shared his view of the project. He said: "It was awesome to teach people things, contribute your knowledge and see them grow."

Axel Voss-Schrader added: "To be able to transform your own knowledge into something that the students could learn from is something new.  It is easy to know something, but it is another skill to be able to communicate that to someone else."

Ana Latorre enjoyed the challenge of teaching.

She said: "Sometimes it is not just about the maths, it is about encouraging people who feel they will never understand a concept. You have to remember how it was when you were back in the sixth grade. I had to remember what helped me when I was learning it the first time and what gave me confidence."

The Magic Number: (L-R) Henrik Bark, Ana Latorre, Axel Voss-Schader
The Magic Number: (L-R) Henrik Bark, Ana Latorre, Axel Voss-Schader

Listening to the feedback from the students who took part in the course, Peter John Fyles, CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan and a former history teacher, recognised their views on his vocation.

He said: "Teaching can be a challenge, especially when you have a student who thinks they can't learn and you have to use motivational encouragement. Creating a relationship between the student and the teacher is really important."

The programme's organiser, Suzanne Gavin, head of aesthetics and human performance at the gymnasiet, also addressed the students. She said: "This time last year we started discussing this, to think in a year there are still so many of you, it's amazing. When I started this I expected four or five students, so well done, you should be exceptionally proud of yourselves."

The project has been set up as part of an initiative at Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm which ties into the pedagogical leadership course, providing practical experience to supplement the students in the classroom.

As a part of the programme, students from the gymnasiet have also helped out in other areas such as refereeing sporting events and providing help and support at the Stockholm AXA Triathlon. Jonathan Howell, IES

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