The government is setting aside NOK 120 million to contribute to more practical equipment in Norwegian schools.
– Today’s school is characterized by too much rest and too little variety and hands-on learning. Schools across the country say they need more resources in equipment and alternative learning spaces to be able to give students the opportunity to learn with their heads and hands, the education minister says Tonje Brenna (Ap) in a press release.
This is a new grant program for more hands-on and varied learning in grades 5-10.
– It is up to municipalities to decide which equipment they choose to spend the money on. For example, 120 million could mean a total of 9,000 sewing benches or 63,000 sewing machines or 120,000 microscopes, the press release states.
Oslo is the municipality where the largest amount is reserved, with NOK 12.5 million. Smaller municipalities are guaranteed a minimum amount of NOK 10,000.
– I know teachers want to achieve more hands-on learning across all subjects, but we also need to recognize that this requires more resources. This investment could help boost practical learning. At the same time, I hope this money will help students become more motivated and learn even more, says Brenna.
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