The Tolerance project

Core features of the practice

  • Organisation:

    Institution name: Segerstedt Institute
    Institution URL:
  • Format:

    Seminar, Training, Workshop, Guided tour, Extra-mural site visit
  • Target population:

    Young people
  • Cost (per practice):

    More than 1000 euros
  • Setting:

    Designated extra-mural memorial or historical site, Outdoor urban location
  • Themes:

    Antisemitism, Racism, Xenophobia and other prejudices, The Holocaust and/or other genocides, Teaching and learning methods/guidelines
  • Core activities:

    Group work, Group discussion, Written activity, Creative activity, Lecture

Additional information about the practice

    Target population

  • Number of participants:

    More than 100
  • Age of target population:

  • Additional specifics:

    Educationally and socially disadvantaged groups:, Both higly motivated and less motivated pupils are to be a part of this group.
  • Components of the practice

  • Topics and objectives:

    The topics are to make sure that the pupil understand him/her self, understand the world they are living in and make themselves understood in the way that they want to be understood.
  • Materials used:

    Written or other published material, Audiovisual material, Online material, Craft supplies
  • Material produced:

    Written material
  • Sequence of activities - methodology:

    It is a socialpedagogical approach that combines the idea of this pedagogy with socialpsychological approach to the group buliding process. The usual steps within TP (Tolerance project) are working with narrative, traditional teaching, workshops and normcritical exercices. Part of the schools work in teaching democracy and gives the students grades in Swedish, religion, history and art.
  • Length of activity:

    More than 15 hours
  • Is the activity digital?:

  • Accessibility and replicability

  • Language(s) in which activity can be delivered:

    English, Swedish
  • Is specialist knowledge or professional training required?:

  • If yes, which type?:

    Other, Course PDG 691 at the Segerstedt institute is a base of understanding for futher work.

Qualitative Details

  • Has this practice been evaluated?

  • How many times?:

  • By whom?:

    Instructor delivering the practice
  • By what means?:

    Quantitative survey, there is a pHD in process that is evaluating the The Tolerance project in a municipality in Sweden. TRhge forst article has been published that finds the results very positive.
  • Core content knowledge and transferable skills:

    answered in question number 12.
  • Indicators of success:

    It is a promising practice that has been going on since 1998 and has been, since that time, spread to 36 schools (that are soon to be around 45 schools) in Sweden. The approach combines the professionalism held by each teacher and gives the teacher tools and perspectives on how to work with pupils in order to prevent racism and extremism.
  • Educational coordinator contact details:

    Name: Ermin Skoric
    Email address:


The RETHINK project is concerned with bridging formal and informal education. This section explores the factors that make a practice adaptable.

  • Key factors for successful implementation:

    Other factor – Knowing the school enviroment, the subcultural groups. Read question number 30 for more information.
  • Main challenges to teachers adapting this practice for their students:

    Making sure that the teachers, workin with the TP, are given a long-term support for this task. The implementation of the Tolerance Project (TP) requires time and it is an approach that has been sucessfully implementented in schools for more then 20 years.
  • Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):

    Segerstedt Institute (SI) is giving a course (PDG 691) that is in Swedish. Study material is provided within the course.
  • Other comments or details:

    The course that is given by SI is therotical and consist of the latest research provided by senior scholars from different fields in the area and is ended with an excursion in Poland with focus on the memorial sites of the Holocaust. The tutorial on the other hand, provided by the SI, is very hand on and gives the teachers and other professionals the chance of creating a local approach to the Tolerance Project by evaluating the circumstances within that specific school, the pupils, the ingroups and so on.