Educating youth

About the agency’s educational work

Our educational activities are primarily directed toward teachers and students in elementary and secondary school.

We offer material for the classroom, exhibitions with associated workshops for school, as well as in-service training for teachers.

Our activities and choice of methods are centred around the advancement of democracy, tolerance, and human rights. With the history of the Holocaust as our foundation, we aim to strengthen the will of adolescents to actively work toward equality between all humans.

Our work is characterised by connections between the past, the present, and the future. This perspective makes it clear why history is important for understanding and analysis. It allows us to assess our present and its significance for our future.

Through the visualisation of historic settings, we illustrate intolerance/tolerance and its consequences for individuals and for the preconditions of democracy. Our educational work aims to encourage critical thinking, using history as a tool for individuals to reflect on themselves and their present.

Examples of educational material


Mission: Democracy

Mission: Democracy consists of workshops covering democracy, tolerance, and human rights. Using historic events and personal accounts as their starting point, students are encouraged to discuss and reflect on current social issues.

Mission: Democracy has been designed to work on a general level as well as for subject teaching (geared primarily toward social science and history). For grade 9 and secondary schools.

Go to the material Mission: Democracy


LGBTQ, Norms & Power

This material deals with our rights – yours and mine – and about our opportunities to be what we want to be. History is filled with people who have stood up against restrictive norms and laws. Participants will meet some of the people who have fought for respect and the equal worth and rights of all people.

Download texts from the material LGBTQ, Norms & Power


Break the norm!

Methods for studying and working with norms in general and the heteronorm in particular.

Norms are the notions, ideas and unwritten rules that form us humans. They are present in all areas of life and make up the limits that define acceptable behavior. Some norms are positive and guide how we act towards others. They may for example discourage us from spitting in another person’s face or from bumping into people on the street. Without thinking much of it, we adapt to most norms. For example, most people know to shake hands with their right hand and do so without thinking twice. It is not until someone breaks the norm that norms become visible.

The first exercises in this material examine norms and how we categorize people. The next exercises deal with the societal norms of today. Here we hope to spark discussions about how we all maintain and reinforce them. The last exercises will help you make practical use of what you have learned.

Made by RFSL Ungdom & The Living History Forum.

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...Tell Ye Your Children…

This book describes what human beings are capable of doing to other human beings when democratic values have been destroyed and replaced by an ideology advocating intolerance, hate and violence.

The book presents facts about the Holocaust and attempts to explain how the unimaginable became reality.

...Tell Ye Your Children... is written by Stéphane Bruchfeld and Paul A. Levine.

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Democratic conversations

How should we talk to each other to allow for differences of opinion in a democracy? In this classroom material, your students can form opinions on complex issues regarding democracy and simultaneously practice their speaking skills.

Should Sweden be run exclusively by experts? Are there issues where the majority should not be allowed to rule? Students answer questions on their computers or mobile phones, and you the teacher can present answers from the class as statistics on your screen.

Historical texts in the material provide an opportunity for students to compare their views with historic events where the issues have been brought to a head. The lesson concludes with a reflection on how we can talk to one another in a way that allows different opinions to coexist in a democracy.

The material is primarily aimed at lower and upper secondary school.


Source criticism, the use of history, and racism

In this interactive classroom material, your students will hone their skills in source criticism and the use of history. These skills are important for managing all the different kinds of information, opinions, and values that exist in a democracy.

Through historic source material, students learn about five events in Swedish history. The events are all related to different types of racism.

The material is aimed at lower and upper secondary school


Like it matters – about the passivity and responsibility of bystanders

Bystanders are everywhere. Those who watch without interfering against violence and injustice, in everyday situations and in wartime. From the first moment images of concentration camps reached the public in 1945, people have been asking: How was it possible? Who were all those who stood by and let it happen? What would have happened if they had acted differently?

The pedagogic material follows three main tracks – the normative, the psychological and the historical. The material also contains a general part that aims to introduce the subject by connecting to the preunderstanding of the students themselves.

The material is primarily aimed at lower and upper secondary school.


Propaganda - Risk of influence

Propaganda – risk of influence is a digital classroom material for lower and upper secondary school. By studying the mechanisms of propaganda, as well as understanding what makes us humans susceptible to influence, we can become better at treating the manipulated messages we meet in our everyday lives.

The material consists of four separate parts, which all treat a specific perspective of propaganda and influence by way of, among other things, historical examples. 


All People! About Rights and Equality

The classroom material All People! is meant for teachers and students in grades 4–6 who want to work with human rights and equal rights for all people, in-depth and with a historical perspective.

The material consists of an introductory film, a radio drama performance, topics for discussion, and an interactive tool where students can create collages centred on quotes from the theme.

In an accessible, exciting, and educational way, students can get a clearer picture of what they need to learn about human rights to follow the educational guidelines of the Swedish school system.


Graphic novel: Sofia Z-4515

The graphic novel Sofia Z-4515 tells the story of Sofia Taikon’s experiences from the Second World War and the post-war years. The novel consists of two parts, where the first is written in comic strip form and is directed toward students in grades 4–9. The second part contains a short educational text about the period 1933–1945. It is a story that poses many questions about what has happened through history, about the Romani people, human rights, democracy, and tolerance. A teacher’s instruction accompanies the novel.

Sofia Z-4515 was written by Gunilla Lundgren, with illustrations by Amanda Eriksson. It is available for free download in the formats iBook (for iPad/Mac) and as a PDF.