Music has the capacity to challenge political power in ways that the written word seldom can. Throughout the ages, artists and musicians have used their craft to oppose authoritarian and oppressive regimes. Music has often been forbidden and/or censored by oppressive rulers, due to its power to inspire and influence hearts and minds.
In the project “Forbidden Music”, The Order of the Teaspoon strives to engage young people aged 13-19 to reflect upon artistic freedom, democracy and human rights through music. Through workshops we will explore the connections between music, art and democratic rights. The project will also strive to reach educators with an interactive digital educational platform that can be used in both the classroom and beyond.
The Children's Planet
Come along to the Children´s Planet—the planet where anything can happen! This is a story about rights, freedom, differences and respecting each other. Children’s Planet is based on the Children’s Convention and is aimed at preschool children aged 3 to 5 years old. The material allows the reader to visualize norms, diversity, and the equal worth of everyone in a fun and imaginative way. The learning material consists of a children’s book, music and a tutorial, which is meant to inspire preschool teachers to discuss creatively and openly these important and sometimes difficult subjects in preschool. The book has accompanying music that can be found on Spotify.
This project is a collaboration between The Order of the Teaspoon, Save the Children Sweden, Gothia Fortbilding, and the Swedish Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP).
Radicalization and democracy: the lessons of Utøya
How do we prevent extremist ideologies, expressions and behaviour that cannot be accepted in school environments or generally in society? Likewise, how can we work together with our students to strengthen our democracy?
three day course in teaching controversial issues at Utøya in Norway.
How to cure a fanatic
How to cure a fanatic is written by Amos Oz, who with the book inspired the founding of the Order of The Teaspoon in 2006. About 800 000 copies of How to cure a fanatic has been distributed to Swedish upper-secondary school students since then, and it has a teacher’s manual is available in both physical and digital format.
Together with the Anna Lindh Foundation and The Multicultural Center, The Order of the Teaspoon is developing a gaming app geared towards 13-19 year old students.
“I would come home from school and find things that my classmates had hidden in my hair because I had an afro.” Young woman, 19
Reality Check is Sweden´s first app against racism. The user is assigned a fictional identity and follows the same person for several days. The game is intended as an experience based on events related to racism, discrimination and prejudice, where the user can choose between different outcomes. The app is accompanied by a teacher’s guide. You can download the app for free in App Store and Google Play.
Not a stranger
Not a stranger consists of short personal stories about different forms of alienation. The stories are written by more or less prominent Swedish personalities who share their experiences of xenophobia, homophobia and different forms of intolerance with the public.
The portraits reflect thoughts about identity, norms and prejudice, and have been published on the website www.inteenframling.se since 2014. In spring 2015, a collection of the stories was gathered in the book Not a stranger – 41 stories about identity and diversity. The book is also available as an easy-to-read-version, and has a teacher’s manual to ecnourage teachers to speak about these topics.
Since 2014, over 120 000 refugee children have fled to Sweden. Many of them have experienced difficult traumas on their way here and during war. Sarah’s journey is the story about them. Based on a book by Syrian author Imad Elabdala the film is a story about Sarah who is forced to leave her home due to a war. We get to follow her on her journey – in the refugee camp, the boat over the sea and the first encounter with the new society.
The film is a tool to speak about refugees, integration, friendship and human rights with children between 7 to 9 years old.
The story of Sweden
Swedish democracy is so much more than the election held every fourth year. The days, months, and years in between each election period is what´s truly of importance. Alienation has constantly been present in Swedish society, but the liberal nation we used to know is now becoming more and more segregated. At the same time the presence of social media and the will for social change has redirected where power and change truly lies. “The story of Sweden” by author Patrik Lundberg is not only thought-provoking and inspiring, but also supplies the reader with the opportunity to understand and meet people who are aspiring to change the world for the better.
During the fall of 2019 Teskedsorden and Patrik Lundberg are touring around Sweden to meet students from north to south to discuss the books topic on democracy, change and impact.
A drop of midnight
A drop of midnight is Jason Diakités debut novel in what he tells his story about his roots and identity as both Swedish and American, and as both white and black. A painful but strengthening read about identity, sense of belonging, struggles, and privileges. The book will be available to order from us in spring 2020 for classes with students in high schools in Skåne.