In our Social Science in-depth course, VRG students learn about Africa and Eastern Africa in particular. Students study economics, politics, foreign aid, challenges and possibilities. Much of this learning is made possible through the help of important contacts in our community. Claes Thorén is a huge supporter of international learning at VRG. Mr. Thorén supports this course through important contacts in our community. He is a board member of the Swedish – East African Chamber of Commerce.
He has helped us secure guest lecturers such as: Ambassador from Kenya, a finance consultant working with supporting large projects in Africa, and others. In addition, he has helped us with study visits to: UD – Afrikanska enheten, SIDA, the Embassy of Tanzania and more. At the end of this course, students write an essay, showing their knowledge and highlighting a specific aspect that has interested them during the course. The best student essay is awarded with a scholarship of 5000:- SEK. This award is presented by one of the ambassadors from EAC each year on graduation day.
In addition to Mr. Thorén’s support in this class, he is also an active member of the Djursholm Gillet, a local community group. This group strives to support education and enhance the ties between ambitious young students and the local community. Each year, VRG is privileged enough to accept a 5000:- scholarship from Djursholm Gillet for the best all-around student. This is a much esteemed award.
We thank Mr Thorén for his many years of service to our school and for his concrete contributions to our international learning.