2016-09-02 City of Stockholm and Nobel Center begin joint effort to develop new school programmes

Press release, September 2, 2016

As Swedish schools begin their autumn term, work is getting under way on developing a new concept for the school programmes that will be provided at the future Nobel Center. Leading this unique effort is Annika Hedås Falk, former head of Södra Latin upper secondary school in Stockholm, who is on loan from the City of Stockholm for two years to lead a project aimed at enabling more pupils to increase their knowledge about the Nobel Prize in the future.   

Annika Hedås Falk. Foto Björn Tesch

Annika Hedås Falk. Foto Björn Tesch

The Nobel Museum is very popular, and today the schools must queue for a chance to visit. The Nobel Center will allow far greater capacity and will be a fantastic resource for pupils in Stockholm and all of Sweden. I am pleased that we can now develop school programmes that will enable more pupils to experience and be inspired by the activities of the Nobel Center,” comments Olle Burell (Social Democrat), the City of Stockholm’s Vice Mayor for Schools and Education.

The existing Nobel Museum in Stockholm’s Old Town welcomes about three school classes per day. The future Nobel Center will have the capacity to accommodate 12 classes per day – a much-needed increase, since the Nobel Museum currently has to turn away many classes that would like to visit.

We are pleased that the City of Stockholm views this as an important project and is contributing the experience and network that Annika Hedås Falk possesses. Her task will be to single out the best features of today’s school programmes at the Nobel Museum, but – above all – to think innovatively. We will have a great opportunity to reach more schools once the Nobel Center opens,” says Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation.

The project now under way will establish the framework for educational content provided at the Nobel Center. This may include adapting school programmes to fit different age groups, as well as promoting pupil creativity and exploratory experiments, research camps for school children etc. There is also an ambition to offer further training to teachers and enable them to obtain good educational materials for describing the Nobel Prize. Another important element of the project will be to examine digital technology as a way of reaching pupils worldwide who cannot travel to the Nobel Center.

The basic message of the Nobel Prize – that genuinely good ideas can change the world – is something that should be spread to more pupils and teachers. I want to contribute to this by helping develop attractive activities at the Nobel Center that will be useful to schools throughout Sweden,” says Annika Hedås Falk.

Ms Hedås Falk has long experience as a classroom and head teacher in different areas of the Swedish capital. This has included working in the suburbs of Hjulsta, Rågsved and Lidingö as well as at various schools in central Stockholm.

About the Nobel Center
The Nobel Center on the Blasieholmen peninsula of central Stockholm will build its public activities around exhibitions, school programmes, meetings and lectures about the Nobel Prize’s unique combination of subject areas – natural sciences, literature and peace. Based on the Nobel Prize-winning contributions and inspiring stories of the Laureates, the Nobel Center will be able to examine history as well as our own era and the major issues that are crucial to our world and our future. The building was designed by David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger, who were selected in April 2014 by a unanimous jury as the winners of the Nobel Center architectural competition.

For further information, please contact
Rebecka Oxelström, Head of Communications, Nobel Center
rebecka.oxelstrom@nobelcenter.se, +46 734 12 66 75

Press contact for Vice Mayor Olle Burell: Tomas Gustavsson, +46 76 122 91 99

Annika Hedås Falk. Foto Björn Tesch