“The school builds the community and in return, the community helps build the school” - Lára Stefánsdóttir , principal of Menntaskólinn á Tröllaskaga
Menntaskólinn á Tröllaskaga (MTR), is an upper secondary school, located in Ólafsfjörður, a small town with a population of 800 in Northern Iceland. Most of the students are 16-24 years. The school also caters to adult learners.
“Most of the students did not finish school. In a small town, most became sailors or marry one. You can earn $1-2m kronas going out to sea. Why bother with education? Now we are slowly changing that concept and the atmosphere in the community. The school was put here to raise the culture. People realize that they can do more things here now, than they could in the past." - Lára Stefánsdóttir.
When Lára Stefánsdóttir became the principal 6 years ago, one of her goals in setting up the school was to give the young people in the town different options in life. As the principal, Lára sets the tone for the school. She feels it is important that the students are able to path their own career and hopefully, stay and grow their roots in the town. Hence, the school’s motto is Innovation, Creativity and Courage and it’s reflected in what they do.