policy - Let the dreams come true

Prospects for the future

Through intensive school and recreation activities, children and adolescents acquire the education and experience to make their dreams come true and positively influence the environment and society.

Purpose and challenges

The purpose of the Strategy and Planning is to achieve a broad consensus on future priorities for school and recreational activities in Reykjavik and to sharpen the priorities of the most important reform projects.

The CoR's education policy provides a basis for advanced school and recreation based on the strengths of Icelandic society. At the same time, it is intended to meet the challenges of continuous societal and technological changes that transform children's upbringing and traditional conceptions of education.

The education policy was developed in partnership with thousands of city residents; with the involvement of children in kindergartens, primary schools and recreational activities, parents, school and recreational staff, elected representatives, domestic and foreign counselors and the general public. The

CoR's education policy encourages us to develop school and recreational activities into a creative learning community that meets the needs of the 21st century. The policy is focused on children, their needs and well-being in the present and in the future, while empowering staff and increasing professionalism in school and recreation.
Ensuring equal opportunities and access for children to a wide range of learning and employment that is commensurate with their interests and abilities is an important task. At the same time, education needs to increase children's fundamental knowledge of society and nature, taking into account the results of domestic and foreign studies on the quality of education.

beacon for the child as an active participant

The Reykjavik Strategy for Education 2030 is based on the core principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that a child's education should focus on cultivating his or her personality, abilities and mental and physical abilities. The purpose is to prepare children to lead a responsible life in a free society in a spirit of understanding, peace, mutual respect, human rights and friendship. There is a rich sense of harmony with the Education Strategy, the primary curricula of kindergarten and primary education and the current policies of the School and Recreation Department and the CoR.

The upbringing and education of children and adolescents is a social task and takes place in both formal and informal ways.

Building on the community's cultural heritage and achievements in a wide range of sciences, education, arts, sports, equality and prevention, a fertile ground is created for excellence in school and recreation. There, children's activism and democratic participation in play and work are important guiding principles. Children need to be supported appropriately and based on their strengths and backgrounds so that they can influence their learning, feelings and environment. Digital technologies are utilized in school and recreational activities to enrich education and provide children with a wide range of creativity and expression opportunities. The Education Strategy forms an environment for education based on successful school and recreational activities in the city, while at the same time taking the future open arms and giving new technologies, knowledge, ideas and diversity into consideration.

Main objectives of the project

The main objective of the Strategy is for all children to grow, prosper and live together in a democratic society, characterised by human rights and respect for the diversity of human life.

Work must be done to ensure that all children have a strong sense of self, a belief in their own abilities and succeed. Children learn to read for fun, gain knowledge, and gain an understanding of society and nature. They show initiative, creative and critical thinking and dedicate themselves to a healthy lifestyle.

Education is based on five fundamental elements: social skills, self-efficacy, legibility, creation and health.

Guiding principles - Professionalism and collaboration in duck

In the city's school and recreation activities, front- and back-office staff work together, work together towards common goals, and acquire new ways of working and teaching. The role of school and recreation staff is to address children's needs and promote their universal development, as well as to prepare them for active participation in a multicultural and multi-ethnic democratic society that is changing rapidly. In this context, activating the enthusiasm and passion of all children and adolescents is crucial, but it has a direct impact on their success. In order to succeed, the professional initiative of staff must be supported, ample career development opportunities must be provided, and targeted career advice and guidance must be provided. It must be ensured that housing and facilities for school and recreational activities provide an adequate setting for ambitious work and contribute to the health and well-being of children and workers.

Families of children in school and recreational activities are important collaborating and supporting entities of those who work there and share with them responsibility for education and upbringing.

Staff are pioneering parent partnerships and working to develop pathways that take into account the different needs, cultures and experiences of children and parents. Diverse and multidisciplinary collaboration within job sites, between job locations and with community institutions and entities contributes to the development of education.

Social skills - Strong self-image and belief in one's own capabilities

Social skills refer to the ability to communicate effectively with others and the willingness to positively influence one's environment and society. Kapp is focused on children acquiring skills in working together, putting themselves in the shoes of others, and showing kindness and respect for others. Social skills are inter alia related to emotional literacy, sense of justice and leadership. Secondly, social skills develop through participation in active, democratic partnerships, where children have the opportunity to express their minds and opinions. Thus, the child becomes an active participant in shaping the society to which he belongs.

Self-promotion - Strong self-image and belief in one's own capabilities

Self-promotion means that the child acquires a belief in his or her own abilities, learns to know his or her strengths and weaknesses as well as sets goals and follows them up. Self-promotion is based on self-discipline and perseverance. A clear and strong self-image helps the child make independent, responsible decisions, cope with adversity, and live in harmony with others. Self-control and communication skills are closely intertwined and influence children's self-confidence, feelings of well-being, academic achievement and success in life.

Reading - Knowledge and understanding of society and the environment

Reading refers to the ability to read, understand, interpret, and critically process written language, words, numbers, images, and symbols. In a broad sense, the term also refers to a lock on different media, environments, behaviours and situations. Reading is an inherently social phenomenon and begins with the language upbringing of children at birth. Good reading skills in Icelandic are a key to knowledge acquisition and understanding of the environment and society.

Creation - Creative Mind and Hand

Creation is a multidimensional process that is fundamentally based on curiosity, creative and critical thinking, but also on knowledge, initiative and play. Creation reaches a flight where challenges are diverse, questions are open, solutions are numerous, and the focus is on the execution and its visibility. Throughout the creative process, something comes about that has value for the child himself, the immediate environment and/or society.

Health - Health, Wellness & Lifestyle


includes life and consumption habits, physical fitness, sexual health, and mental and social well-being. Ideas of health have evolved through increased knowledge of the interaction between mind and body, the natural and social environment, and the effects of chemicals and food. In a nutshell, one can say that a person is healthy who has adopted a healthy lifestyle and acquired the ability to protect their own health. A child's well-being in everyday life lays the foundation for active participation, increased skills and success in school and recreational activities.