Three cheers for Alfie Atkins!

Now it’s time to celebrate 50 years with Alfie Atkins! Alfie (Alfons Åberg) is one of Sweden’s most beloved children’s book characters, attracting millions of readers all over the world.

Gunilla Bergström’s books about Alfie’s everyday life and adventure are as popular now as when they were first released decades ago. Many who grew up reading Alfie Atkins books have gotten to experience the stories anew by sharing them with their children and even grandchildren. Alfie is not a superhero or a fairy tale figure – he is ordinary kid, just like his readers. And perhaps that’s why he has become such a cherished part of our childhoods.

The toolkit contains an exhibition, seminar topics, workshops, a play and reading environment, instructions to throw an Alfie party and to build a helicopter and much more!

The collaboration between the Swedish Institute, Bok-Makaren AB and the publishing house Rabén Sjögren will allow you to celebrate Alfie with children locally. For children up to 8-9 years and their grown ups.

This toolkit is available in the following languages: English, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, German, Polish. Coming soon: Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Finnish, Greek.

Instructions

Building blocks

Exhibition material

  • Exhibition (1) (English, pdf)
  • Exhibition overview (2) (English, pdf)
  • Exhibition for modules (3)  (English, pdf)
  • Invitation poster for Alfie Atkins birthday party (4) (English, pdf)
  • Video: Molly and Viggo – to loop on screen at the exhibition (5)  (mp4)
  • Sign with QR-code to the Molly and Viggo video (6) (English, pdf)
  • Video: Interview with author Gunilla Bergström for exhibition (7) (English, mp4)
  • Sign to the video with Gunilla Bergström’s interview (8)

View and download all above material from MediaFlow.

(The number above is the same as you can find on the files in Mediaflow.)

To obtain high resolution print files email Sylvia Augustinsson.

Kindly note that you need to apply separately for financial support to produce the SI exhibition modules.

Film

The film Good Night Alfie Atkins is based on the book with the same name. The book has been translated into many languages. Maybe it is available in the language in your country. You will have this book in English sent to you  in the box from SI. One idea may be to translate the book into the local language, but the book may then only be read within the framework of this film screening.

Contact Sylvia Augustinsson to obtain the film.

Create a playful Alfie space

  • Standee (1) (English pdf)
  • Manual standee (2-4) (English, pdf)
  • Cut-out figures (5-8)
  • Manual cut-out figures (9) (English, pdf)
  • Posters to hang by the local built helicopter (10-14) (English, pdf)
  • Inspiration for creating Alfies scenes and settings (15) (English, PDF)
  • Manual for the local built helicopter (16) (English, pdf) To obtain the drawings to the helicopter contact Sylvia Augustinsson.
  • Spotify list with Alfie Atkins music: Alfie Atkins soundtrack
  • Have a look at the material list and contact Sylvia Augustinsson to order a shipment.

View and download all above material from MediaFlow.

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For children to write, draw and colorize

  • Get to know Alfie Atkins (1) – for children to fill in and colorize (English, pdf)
  • Quiz material (2-3) – for a “quiz walk” (English, pdf)

View and download all above material from MediaFlow.

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Event suggestions

  • Manual for how to throw your own Alfie Atkins Party (1) (English, pdf)
  • Ideas for different types of workshops for children (2) Collage workshop, helicopter workshop, knot-tying workshop and/or ghost workshop. (English, pdf)
  • Group discussions for professionals about Alfie Atkins books (3) Suggested topics: Education, emotions, friendship and fatherhood. (English, pdf)
  • “Who is daddy Atkins?” – an article by Gunilla Bergström from the Center for children’s culture at Stockholm University (4)

View and download from MediaFlow.

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Communication material

  • Social media posts – suggested text (1-2) and images (3-7) (English, Media Flow)

View and download from MediaFlow.

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Material for translations

Download all word files for translations for the toolkit from MediaFlow.

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 40,000 for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Part of the sum applied for should be used for inviting Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information please contact Sylvia Augustinsson.

Sweden – folder for schoolchildren (Chinese)

This informative and generously illustrated folder describes everyday life in Sweden for schoolchildren between eight and ten. The folder will give you facts about population, geography and climate, and a map of Sweden. “One year in Sweden” also gives you a taste of everyday life in Sweden from children’s perspective.

Swedish embassies and consulates – to place your orders, kindly fill out the order form.

If you have any questions, please contact sharingsweden@si.se

Sweden – folder for schoolchildren (Arabic)

This informative and generously illustrated folder describes everyday life in Sweden for schoolchildren between eight and ten. The folder will give you facts about population, geography and climate, and a map of Sweden. “One year in Sweden” also gives you a taste of everyday life in Sweden from children’s perspective.

Swedish embassies and consulates – to place your orders, kindly fill out the order form.

If you have any questions, please contact sharingsweden@si.se

Astrid Lindgren spoke, people listened

Sweden.se is an official source for facts about Sweden.

Young Courage Award

‘Moral courage: that kind of courage which enables a person to encounter odium, disapproval, or contempt, rather than depart from what he deems the right course.’ (Oxford English Dictionary)

Looking for a way to broaden and develop your work on human rights? Why not by engaging young people in a social media campaign on moral courage?

We are proud to present the Young Courage Award, a non-political recognition with the aim to highlight actions of moral courage. Originally introduced in 2015 by the Raoul Wallenberg Academy, the Young Courage Award is given to young people, who with small resources have made a great human difference and shown evidence of moral courage and commitment. The award is designed to commemorate the altruistic deeds carried out by Raoul Wallenberg in the final years of WWII.

The material included in this Young Courage Award toolkit enables Swedish embassies and consulates to launch their own local nominations campaign and to organize physical and/or digital events, highlighting the importance of human rights and moral courage.

The Young Courage Award is part of SI’s specially adapted toolkits focusing on human rights and democracy, e.g. the Cube Project, Electionville, and To me there’s no other choice, our much used exhibition material about Raoul Wallenberg.

Instructions

Nominations for the Young Courage Award are made digitally through a campaign on social media. For this, SI has compiled several easy-to-use communication components, such as social media posts in words and images, as well as film material, which Swedish embassies freely has at its disposal. For practical reasons it is recommended that local nomination campaigns focus on a slightly older age-group, e.g. 17-25 year-olds.

The international nominations campaign opens once per year on January 27 and coincides with the Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is also to make visible the award’s affiliation with Raoul Wallenberg’s deeds. The call is open just over 8 weeks (up to and including March 31).

The nominations are then collected and preliminary assessed by the foreign mission, who forwards a list of maximum 30 nominees to the Raoul Wallenberg Academy jury in Stockholm.

Potential recipients (a maximum of two per country) are presented by the end of May, followed by the official ceremony in Stockholm on the occasion of the Raoul Wallenberg Remembrance Day, 27 August. Apart from official diplomas, the recipients will also be invited for a ‘travel in Raoul’s footsteps.’

Read more in this project outline (.pdf)

Building blocks

Videos for social media

Video 1 for social media – target group public (download .mp4 from Vimeo)
Voice over script video 1 (Word)

Video 2 for social media – target group youth (download .mp4 from Vimeo)
Voice over script video 2 (Word)

Suggested script for social media video 1 and 2 (Word)

SRT files for local language subtitles (SRT format, English)

Images for social media

Images for social media posts (download from Media Flow Pro)
Suggested script for social media posts (Word)

Other

Nomination sheet (.xlsx)

Diploma (.pdf) (contact SI for print files)

Inspirational stories

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 40,000 for language translation, local events and/or ceremonies as well as travel and hotel costs for local YCA winners (maximum 2 per country). Part of the sum applied for may also be used for inviting Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

Initiatives that include the exhibition in combination with lectures and/or workshop will be prioritised.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact Henrik C Enbohm

Aiming for equal opportunities – Stories From Sweden

Meet Victoria Escobar, one of the founders of Changers Hub in Stockholm. Changers Hub is an association aiming to democratise success so that all young people have the same opportunities to realise their ideas and dreams. #storiesfromsweden

Watch all the videos on YouTube. 

The film is also available without text for local adaptations. Please contact Kristina Pernevill to receive the file.

If you want to know how to remove or add subtitles to videos you publish on Facebook, please refer to these instructions.

Fake ≠ Fact teacher’s guide

Teacher’s guide for the Fake ≠ Fact toolkit.
Primarily designed for students in secondary and upper secondary school (junior and high school), the Fake ≠ Fact toolkit offers the opportunity to raise awareness about these highly relevant issues by inviting schools to either use the material individually or to participate in a joint Fake ≠ fact challenge project (#ChallengeYourFacts).

Swedish embassies and consulates – to place your orders, kindly fill out the order form.

If you have any questions, please contact sharingsweden@si.se

Sweden – folder for school children (Russian)

This informative and generously illustrated folder describes everyday life in Sweden for schoolchildren between eight and ten. The folder will give you facts about population, geography and climate, and a map of Sweden. “One year in Sweden” also gives you a taste of everyday life in Sweden from children’s perspective.

Swedish embassies and consulates – to place your orders, kindly fill out the order form.

If you have any questions, please contact sharingsweden@si.se

 

Sweden – folder for schoolchildren (Swedish)

This informative and generously illustrated folder describes everyday life in Sweden for schoolchildren between eight and ten. The folder will give you facts about population, geography and climate, and a map of Sweden. “One year in Sweden” also gives you a taste of everyday life in Sweden from children’s perspective.

 

Swedish embassies and consulates – to place your orders, kindly fill out the order form.

 

Never violence

This toolkit makes it possible to follow up on the End Violence Solutions Summit held in Stockholm with a seminar, round table or conference together with local partners and Swedish partners such as: Save the Children Sweden, ECPAT, Change Attitude, World Childhood Foundation, UNICEF Sweden, Friends and the Ombudsman for Children in Sweden. A connecting exhibition with illustrations from Stina Wirsén with texts from Astrid Lindgren’s speech Never violence! is also available.

Sweden was the first country to join the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children as a pathfinding country under Agenda 2030, goal 16, target 16.2. These countries demonstrate successful solutions to eliminate violence against children in different environments, from family settings to society at large. The Swedish government hosted the first Solutions Summit of the Global Partnership in Stockholm, on 14–15 February 2018.

2019 marked 30 years since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the General Assembly in New York. It also marked 40 years since Sweden adopted the law on prohibition of corporal punishment in all settings, including the home of children.

Building blocks

– Seminar programme Never violence

– An overview of the exhibition with illustrations from Stina Wirsén with texts from Astrid Lindgren’s speech Never violence! 
(Large prints: 1400 x 700 mm. Small prints: 700 x 700 mm.)

-Exhibition texts:

Introduction by Marta Santos Pais
A statement from a pediatrician
Astrid Lindgren
Astrid Lindgren quotes

-Cotton tote bags can be ordered from the Swedish Institute, kindly contact Emma Jansson.

Instructions

Manual for Never violence event

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 40,000 for travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Emma Jansson.