How Stockholm International School is shaping tomorrow’s world leaders

High-achieving students tend to have one thing in common: they take a proactive approach to their education.

How Stockholm International School is shaping tomorrow’s world leaders
Students taking part in the Model United Nations at Stockholm International School.

It’s an attribute that’s standard at schools teaching International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes, where students play a more active and involved role in their own learning.

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Diploma Programme (DP) form the curriculum framework for the secondary school at Stockholm International School (SIS). The challenging programmes encourage children to take the lead and learn through experience, imbuing them with the skills they need to thrive as adults.

“We’re an inquiry-based school, so we set problems and the students look at ways to solve them through their learnings,” explains Paul Boswell, economics teacher and Head of Learning at SIS.

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Now entering its 50th year, the IB has become synonymous with producing curious, confident students with a strong intercultural understanding. An IB education has come to stand for a mark of quality, a signpost that flags future success.

One way students achieve their IB Diploma is through Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS). The three strands are integral to an IB education and are interwoven with particular activities which allow them to fulfill some of the criteria to achieve their diploma.

“Students need to demonstrate these three things,” says Boswell. “It could be by doing something traditionally creative like making a movie, or coming up with new ideas.”

One shining example of CAS in action at SIS is the school’s Model United Nations (MUN). It’s one of several strong student leadership programmes at SIS, and among the reasons it was hand-picked to feature in ‘A Better World Through Education’, a promotional video produced by ITN and the IBO to mark the latter’s 50th anniversary.

ITN Productions spent a day filming SIS’s Model United Nations in action.

Intended to simulate the real UN, students that take part in SIS’s MUN debate and develop solutions to global issues like climate change, economic development, and global energy requirements. It helps pupils recognise their common humanity and figure out how to thrive in a complex and conflicted world.

“The students pretty much manage the whole thing,” says Boswell.

He explains that SIS’s MUN doesn’t just operate within the school but also takes the lead at Scandinavian and Europe-wide Model United Nation conferences.

“Our students handle all the communication with students from other schools and pick the themes they want to debate. They’re given certain tasks, for example, some are ambassadors, some are judges, and others chair the meetings.”

It’s hard work and can be very challenging, but Boswell says it has a noticeable effect on the children that take part. Not only do they develop a more global mindset, they also improve certain soft skills that will come in handy whatever they chose to do in the future.

“The kids gain so much more confidence through writing speeches and public speaking. They’re so well spoken with so much communication savviness, if you close your eyes and listen you would think they’re adults!”

All the more impressive when he adds that most of the children at SIS speak English as their second language.

And the students’ involvement with the MUN certainly isn’t something that’s sniffed at by university admission officers.

“Universities definitely look for it,” says Boswell. “It’s a firm example of demonstrating student leadership, and shows the kids are able to initiate, communicate, and work in groups. A lot of these buzzwords come in handy on a university application.”

Along with the other teachers at SIS, Boswell is incredibly proud of the students’ hard work with the MUN and sees it as a testament to the efficacy of an IB education.

“We don’t just talk the talk, we actually do these things. Any child doing the MUN will be pushed. Through this experience the students really do gain the skills to be the leaders of tomorrow!”

This article was produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by Stockholm International School.

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Stockholm nightlife: Seven cheap pubs and dive bars

The Stockholm bar scene isn't just made up of expensive wine and fancy cocktails. There are also numerous pubs that may not make a 'best pubs in the capital' list, but are as budget friendly as they are laidback, and perfect for grabbing a beer without breaking the bank.

Stockholm nightlife: Seven cheap pubs and dive bars

Going out to enjoy a meal and drink can be a very enjoyable experience, offering the chance to unwind and socialise. However, eating out or just going out for a beer can be expensive. Here are some of the more affordable bars and restaurants in Stockholm.


Hellströms Bar and Restaurant has a snug and welcoming atmosphere. They offer meals such as sandwiches, salads and burgers. They also have weekly offers, pasta nights on Monday and Tuesday nights, a fajita buffet on Wednesdays, burger and fries offer on Thursdays and a nacho buffet on Fridays.

Along with meal deals during the week they also have club 90, with music from the 90s from 8pm-1am on Wednesday night, a music quiz every Thursday and a pre-party from 10pm on Saturday. Finally, their afterwork promotion takes place every weekday between 3pm and 8pm.

The price of beer starts from 30 kronor ($2.90).

Find out more about their events here.

Location: Fatbursgatan 1, Stockholm

Crazy Horse and Black Elk

With three venues across Stockholm, the Crazy Horse is a lively and bustling bar. They offer a wide range of menu options, from snacks to burgers, fajitas, salads, fish and grilled dishes. It can get busy, so bear that in mind.

The cost of beer starts from 32 kronor, before 6pm.

More information can be found here.

Location: Sveavägen 60 & 61 and Götgatan 44, Stockholm

Lion Bar

This bar has a friendly and laid-back environment. With five locations in Stockholm, Sundbyberg, Vasastan, Sveavägen, Gärdet and Hornstull they feature a curated selection of dishes, which include fish and pork to burgers and steak. The post-work offer is available until 7pm from Monday to Friday.

Beer starts from 32 kronor, before 7pm.

More information can be found here.

Location: Tulegatan 7, Roslagsgatan 20, Sveavägen 74, Furusundsgatan 20 and Hornsgatan 154, Stockholm

The International Bar

Located in Östermalm, Gamla Stan and Birkastan, the International Bar is another favoured venue. The bar can be noisy, but it is a welcoming environment. Like many other bars, it has a broad food menu to choose from, which includes Swedish meatballs, fish and chips, burgers and pizzas.

They also have afterwork reduced rates from Monday to Friday between 3pm and 7pm. The bars also show sporting events, such as the Premier and Champions Leagues.

Cost of beer starts from 39 kronor.

Additional information can be found here.

Location: Norrlandsgatan 23, Mälartorget 13 and Rörstrandsgatan 11 Stockholm

Bara Enkelt & Bara Backe

The Baras group has eight venues across Stockholm and Uppsala, with Bara Enkelt and Bara Backe being popular spots.

The atmosphere in these bars is energetic and vibrant, especially on the weekend. Both bars offer a food menu, which includes snacks such as fries and halloumi sticks along with mains, including burgers and pasta dishes. Afterwork discounted prices are offered every day until 5pm.

Draft beer starts from 42 kronor.

Book a table or find more information here.

Location: Skånegatan 59 and Götgatan 33, Stockholm

Retro Bar

Another popular sports bar with a television screen at every corner, so you won’t miss any of the action. With an American-inspired food menu, they serve a range of burgers, stakes, pasta dishes, fajitas and salads. Their afterwork promotion is on until 6pm from Monday to Friday. When it comes to sports, they show matches from the Premier and Champions League to the NFL and more.

The cost of a beer starts from 54 kronor.

Book a table or find more information here.

Location: Sveavägen 120, Sveavägen 55, Sankt Eriksgatan 22, Hornsgatan 136 and Bondegatan 25, Stockholm

Flying Horse

If you are looking for a bar to watch football, the Flying Horse is a popular sports bar. When a football match is being screened, this bar has an exciting and dynamic atmosphere, offering a wide selection of food, from light bits, like sandwiches to main meals which includes burgers, fish, chicken and salads. The pub offers discounted prices on drinks for their afterwork deal from Monday to Friday until 6pm.

Due to the venue being a popular sports bar and it does fill up quickly, if you are planning on going it is recommended that you book in advance.

The cost of beer starts from 59 kronor.

Get more information on this bar here.

Location: Odengatan 44, Stockholm