Driving Force of the Year Jacob Elmqvist receives his prize from Prince Carl Philip. Photo: Bertil Ericson/Scanpix
On Monday 26 March, Prince Carl Philip attended the Emerich Fund prize-giving ceremony at Fryshuset in Stockholm.
The programme began with a song performed by musicians from Botkyrka, after which speakers included founder of the Emerich Fund Emerich Roth, Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Chair of the Emerich Fund Kerstin Blomberg and Michelle Rönntoft, a student at Fryshuset. The Prince presented certificates to the winners of the essay-writing prize, the Schools' Peace Prize, the Driving Force of the Year Award and the 27 January Award. In his speech, The Prince said: "I am delighted to see that so many schools, teachers and pupils are involved in the fight against bullying, violence and xenophobia in Sweden. This gives us hope for the future. "We must not forget that it is the young people of today who will shape the future and raise the next generation. "It has been fascinating for me to get an insight into the good work carried out in many schools. Unfortunately, this work is rarely recognised in the media. "We can learn from how much a single individual, such as Emerich, can influence today's society while supporting and acting as a role model for young people. It is therefore a privilege to be here with you today, and to have the opportunity to find out more about this work. "I hope that the Emerich Fund will continue to inspire young people to do good deeds in our schools and in our society. "Finally, I would like to wish you all every success in your continued work for a better, more compassionate world." Amy Diamond and siblings Tove and Rasmus Holmquist then sang and danced. Rapper Behrang Miri concluded the ceremony.
About the Emerich Fund
The Emerich Fund was established in 1994 at the initiative of Emerich Roth. The Fund operates on a non-profit basis, with the aim of encouraging school pupils to take part in activities to combat violence and xenophobia, and to pave the way for a pleasant, compassionate school environment, through annual competitions.