torstai 15. marraskuuta 2012

Sepia Saturday # 152 - Hymypoika - Boy of the year

 
 
This week Sepia Saturday Archive Picture Prompt features a group of children avidly reading their books following a talk about books by the staff of the Library. The picture dates back to the 1920s and offers a variety of potential directions for Sepia Posters to take (books, reading, kids, libraries, ridiculous check jackets ... or whatever).
 
Tämän viikon Sepia Saturdayn kuvassa on joukko ahkeria poikia lukemassa kirjastossa.  Kuvasta voisi poimia esim. kirjoja, lapsia, kirjaston, hassuja takkeja - tai mitä tahansa. Pojat näyttävät hyvin käyttäytyviltä ja ahkerilta opiskelijoilta joten minä valitsen pojat ja ahkeruuden.
 
I choose boys and diligence.  In Finland we had a competition in schools called: the boy/girl of the year or the competition of good frendship. Nowadays the rules have changed but the idea of being good fellow to everyone is the main purpose.
Kuva: Lasten oppikoulunkäynnin tueksi v.1950 perustetun Opintorahayhdistysten tuki ry:n yliasiamies Pentti K. Vilppula sai ajatuksen käyttää hymyileviä lapsenkasvoja varainkeruun välineenä. Taiteilija Heikki Nieminen loi 1952 Hymyn siveltimellään pojaksi. Ensimmäisenä Hymymerkki ilmestyi Opintorahayhdistysten tuki ry:n logoon 1953.
  



The competition of good fellowship was organized by the Centre for Primary School Clubs. The competition aimed to increase children's social skills. Only pupils had right to vote who is the boy of the year in their class. The winner got Hymypoika statue. The Hymypoika ( boy of the year ) statues have been distributed since 1954 and since 1955 also a Hymytyttö ( girl of the year ) statues. The income from selling Hymypoika statues were used to support needy and talented students. 

Hyvän toveruuden kilpa oli Kansakoulun Kerhokeskuksen järjestämä. Kilpailulla pyrittiin kasvattamaan lasten sosiaalisia taitoja. Oppilaat saivat itse valita joukostaan Hymypojan. Patsaita on jaettu vuodesta 1954 lähtien ja vuodesta 1955 myös hymytyttö-patsaita. Veistosten myynnistä saadut tulot käytettiin varattomien ja lahjakkaiden nuorten opintojen tukemiseen.
                           
  
What do you think, which one of these boys is hard-working, helpful, careful, brisk, fair, a good friend to everyone and not bullying anyone? Who will win the boy of the year competition and win the Hymypoika-statue? Which one of these boys gets your vote? 
 
I bet the teacher would like vote the boy on the right. He clearly is nice and hard-working. He doesn't bully girls by pulling their ponytails. His desk is always tidy and his books have no wrinkles. He has always a clean handkerchief in his pocket and his hands are clean and no black tracks under the nails.
 
Mitä arvelet, kuka heistä on  ahkerin, auttavaisin, huolellisin, reippain, rehdein  ja hyvä kaveri kaikille, ei kuisaa ketään?  Kuka voittaa Hymypoika-patsaan. Ketä sinä äänestäisit vuoden hymypojaksi? 
 
Opettaja haluaisi antaa äänensä oikeanpuoleiselle pojalle. Hän on varmasti kiltti ja ahkera, hän ei riehu eikä vedä tyttöjä leteistä. Hänen pulpettinsa on siisti, ja kirjat eivät ole hiirenkiorvilla. Hänellä on aina taskussaan puhdas nenäliina ja hänen kätensä ovat puhtaat ja kynsien alla ei ole mustia raitoja. 

He focuses on his study, even though he is surrounded by wild, nosy class.
He handles his school books with respect.
Hän keskittyy opiskeluun, vaikka ympärillä riehuu villi joukko.
Hän käsittelee oppikirjojaan kunnioituksella. 
  
His teacher thinks he deserves the prize for his good behavior.
But the techer has no right to vote. This election is only for pupils.
What do you think, who won the competition and the Hymypoika-statue that year?

Opettajan mielestä hän ansaitsee palkinnon.
Mutta opettajalla ei ole äänioikeutta.
Tässä vaalissa vain oppilaat saavat äänestää.
 Mitä arvelet, kuka heistä sai eniten ääniä sinä vuonna?
 
Tänään koulukiusaamista vastaan pyritää esim. KiVa- koulu projektin avulla.
 
To day we have KiVa-school and it's based on antibullying program that has been developed in the University of Turku, Finland, with funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture.
 
I hope the little boy with striped jacket was not bullied. 
Toivottavasti raitatakkinen pieni poika ei ollut koulukiusattu.
 
More interesting Sepia Saturday photos and  stories here
 

14 kommenttia:

  1. It seems strange that kids have turned into such bullies. I wasn't aware of any bullying when I was in school.

    VastaaPoista
  2. That's the only bad thing about school- bullying, and it's something that has ruined a lot of children, even into their adult years. If we could just put an end to bullying- but even today, children can see adults being bullies as well... The group of boys sure do look like they're have fun though! Great picture.

    VastaaPoista
  3. Tämä aika tuntuu tuottavan kiusaajia. Miksi? En ollut koulussa kiltein, rauhallisin, siistein enkä huolellisin. Muistan miten opettaja vähän ihmetteli miksi villikko äänestettiin hymytytöksi. Peräti kaksi kertaa, viimeisellä kerralla sain hymypoikapatsaan, tytöt olivat loppuneet :) Äänestän vasemmanpuoleista viikaria.

    VastaaPoista
  4. I would vote for the boy in the middle based on that big, natural, genuine smile. As for the boy on the left, I wouldn't trust him. He's smiling, too, but he seems to have a bit of devil in him. I didn't realize other nations had joined the fight against bullying in schools. I thought this was just an issue in the United States. Very interesting post~

    VastaaPoista
  5. I agree; it had to be the very straight, serious looking little fellow on the right! I hope he wasn't bullied, as well. Bullying is a lot worse now, I suspect.

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  6. I don't remember bullying either, although I remember fights. Now that I think of it, a cousin complained that he used to get chased home from school everyday.

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  7. I think there has probably always been bullying, but now it is recognized for what it is. And technology, unfortunately, has made bullying nearly impossible to escape. Where you might have once found solace at home, now bullying can follow you everywhere through your computer and phone. I enjoyed your photos and the story to go with them!

    VastaaPoista
  8. Great series of photos and I liked the way you developed the theme. Unfortunately bullying is universal today and social media and smart phones don't help. There was some bullying when I was at school some 60 years ago but it was actively discouraged - by corporal punishment!

    VastaaPoista
  9. I, too, think bullying has always been an issue -- it's our understanding of the consequences that has changed! I'm in my sixties now, but still remember being the target of a bully in fourth grade; that stuff stays with you forever!

    VastaaPoista
  10. I am afraid bullying is here as well. Just the other week a boy committed suicide because of it... One of the problems seems to be that school managers often deny it is happening in their schools too. I think I recently heard that schools here are experimenting with a Finnish anti-bullying program. So that is likely the one Caijsa describes.

    VastaaPoista
  11. A very interesting post. I hope the little boy won. I think bullying always went on to some extinct but with the 24/7 news channels they got to constantly find something to blah, blah, blah about. Bullying may be brought to the forefront with it, however and something get done to clamp down on it.
    QMM

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  12. I'm pulling for the little studious boy too. I certainly never heard of this award before.... My friends and I have discussed bullying which none of us experienced...but we grew up back in the 50's, a day when we'd have stuck back and ended it..so we were not easy targets. I agree with QMM, 24/7 news makes it all the worse.

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  13. I hope the studious little boy won the award. Thank you for this interesting post.

    VastaaPoista
  14. Great post. Looking at the faces of these Finnish children and then looking at the faces on the New York prompt image and thinking of photographs in my own collection, I am once again reminded that all children are the same.

    VastaaPoista