Monday, July 28, 2008

The Hyper Island Café

The Hyper Island café in the cellar of the old prison building in Karlskrona, is not only a place where our co-workers and students go for a snack. It is also a place where disabled high school students can practise their working skills.

The café is run by Ulrika Fransson and Doris Olausson and I visited them earlier this summer to talk about the project.

- This is a chance for these kids to meet other young people, and for the Hyper Island students to meet us, says Ulrika Fransson.

Where do the students come from?
- From Kihlströmska Highschool, a school that works only with disabled children, says Doris Olausson.

What do the students do here?

- We have twelve students working here three or five hours per day. They make sandwiches, clean the kitchen, serve lunch and so on, says Ulrika Fransson.

What is the purpose of this project?
- When the students graduate, they have had a chance to practise how to work, and most of them can manage to get a job at the municipality. This is a really good project for them, says Doris Olausson.

Do they like working here?

- Most of them. But like most kids they prefer to drink coffee and chat, says Ulrika Fransson.

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