Why is the campaign aimed at secondary students/Year 8?

Drawing from Friends’ and UNHCR’s joint experience working with children and young people, we believe that the questions raised in the campaign are both interesting and suitable for the age group. The campaign material also lends itself well to the other grades in secondary school.

In this campaign we have the opportunity to offer every student in Year 8 a printed version of the comic book “We shall meet again, Sanam” free of charge. Campaign material such as the comic book in PDF-format, the film, and the teaching material can also be found free of charge on the campaign website, where they are available to anyone.

Why are UNHCR and Friends doing this campaign together?

 We want to use the stories of unaccompanied minors as a way of giving all Year 8 students increased knowledge, a positive attitude, and deeper understanding of young refugees’ vulnerable situation. It’s our hope that this knowledge enriches the students’ encounters with one another in school. In the campaign’s method material we want to show that there are shared points of contact that apply to all young people irrespective of their different backgrounds and experiences. We believe that this campaign will give everyone in your school tools to help them make a difference towards creating a safe and equal school. Read more about the aims and goals of the campaign here.

Why is Friends working with this topic?

Friends works to promote a safe environment and equality for all students. Research shows that school is the second most important factor in promoting children’s health and well-being. Family comes in first place. For children who come to Sweden alone, the family aspect is missing, and therefore school becomes the most important factor in promoting their well-being. School can then make a huge difference to these children and young people.

The school provides the young people who are categorised as unaccompanied minors an opportunity to expand the concept of their identities by going from just being an unaccompanied minor to a pupil or student. Friends wants to help ensure that all students, irrespective of background, are able to access a safe and secure school environment with positive relationships, a sense of belonging, and social trust. Through “Hello Sweden” we’re contributing to this becoming a reality for the young people who come to Sweden alone.

How can the “Hello Sweden” campaign make a difference?

We believe in raising awareness and increasing knowledge. By using young people’s inspiring stories as a starting point, Friends and UNHCR hope to contribute to creating a safe, secure, and inclusive environment at school, where respect is shown for all children’s equality, background, and past. Topics such as identity, longing, and being accepted for who we are, are issues we believe everyone can relate to and recognise themselves in.

How can the material be of help in my pedagogical planning?

All our teaching material and handbooks are based on the central goals in LGR 11. Using the material is a way for you as a teacher to work towards the students’ fulfilling the central criteria in your subject and train different skills according to LGR 11. It also gives you a more strategic approach in fulfilling the school’s ongoing work with democracy and shared values. The material is even suitable as a tool for the school’s Fair and Equal Treatment Plan for a safe school for all, free from violations and degrading treatment.

Why is the Swedish Post Code Lottery financing the project?

 The Post Code Lottery’s vision is to contribute to a better world for people, animals, and the environment. The surplus from the Lottery, which makes up 32% of the total turnover, currently goes to a long list of charities. The Lottery generates income for the organisations through selling lottery tickets, but the practical work itself is left to the organisations. Since 2009, both Friends and UNHCR have been beneficiaries, and in 2012 funds were granted for the “Hello Sweden” campaign, for which Friends and UNHCR applied for funding together.

Is the story from the comic book We shall meet again, Sanam true?

 The author Oskar Ekman has conducted many interviews with people who have experienced what it’s like to come to Sweden alone without their families. The comic book is based on real experiences from their stories, as well as UNHCR’s report Voices of Afghan Children, which is based on interviews with 42 unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan.
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