“Hello Sweden” is financed by the Swedish Postcode Lottery. Friends is primarily responsible for running the project. UNHCR contribute with expertise in the field of asylum-seekers and quality control of the project. Both Friends and UNHCR are represented in the project’s steering group. The steering group is made up of Carolina Engström, Project Manager and Head of Education and Development at Friends; Lars Arrhenius, Secretary General at Friends; Jo Barker, Head of Communications at Friends; and Lisa van Hogerlinden, Communicator at UNHCR.
I have 15 years’ experience working as a project manager, producer, artist and educator, which I bring with me into the project “Hello Sweden!”. I have studied Gestalt Methodology, Psychology and Process of Change, as well as having a Bachelor in Literature and Dramaturgy and a diploma in Project Management. I believe in the power of story to change moods and atmospheres, and make people receptive to taking in new knowledge.
I have a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and in Political Science, and have worked as an educator at Friends since 2007. I bring with me experience and knowledge from my dealings with schools staff, students and parents in the hundreds of schools I have visited. Amongst other things, my role as Project Coordinator for “Hello Sweden!” involves producing the teaching material.
Kristina Rodriguez Norman
Refugee Expert and Consultant
I have worked at UNHCR for 23 years both with refugee-related issues and as a public relations officer. Amongst other things, I have worked with the development of teaching material, roll plays about refugees for young people, and providing information to the media and the public. In “Hello Sweden!” I am consulting on refugee-related topics.
At “Hello Sweden!” we work closely with a reference group of young people who have experienced what it’s like to flee and come to Sweden as unaccompanied refugees. The comic book “We shall meet again, Sanam” is largely based on their stories.
The teaching material has been developed by Friends, in collaboration with representatives from The Living History Forum (a Swedish agency aiming to create public awareness about crimes against humanity, in order to promote tolerance, democracy, and human rights) and UNHCR. Throughout the process, the material has been developed drawing on input from a focus group made up of teachers and principals, as well as educators from Friends. We have also involved a focus group of secondary students who have provided us with their input and valuable pointers. The material has been thoroughly checked by quality controllers from Friends and UNHCR, resulting in what we believe to be thorough, comprehensible, and high quality teaching material.