The Cube Project
Knowing about the fundamental human rights as stated in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is vital for understanding the basis for world democracy. Modelled after the nationwide Swedish “Cube Project”, initiated by the Raoul Wallenberg Academy in 2014, the cube toolkit aims at increasing young students’ knowledge on human rights by offering creative tools on how to make otherwise abstract concepts such as freedom of expression and the freedom of movement and residence, to name but a few, both significant and comprehensible from an everyday life perspective.
Instructions and manuals
In brief, the cube toolkit is a co-operation between a local school(s) and the applying Swedish foreign mission. At the centre is an actual physical cube (see Building blocks) and one of the 30 human rights included in the UN Declaration of Human Rights. The school in question chooses one of the rights to focus their work on and after lessons and group discussions on that specific human right, the students co-create the content for the cube by interpreting and presenting ‘their’ human right in the form of texts, images, video, music, dance, art, or in any thinkable form suitable to fit within the cube format. In the course of the project, each participating school will be assigned a partnering school in Sweden.
Due to the pedagogical structure of the cube toolkit it should run in the course of an academic year, usually September through May.
Cube design and production
- Cube design for local production
- The cube must be painted black and covered with the human rights banner.
- Introduction poster
- Cube information film
- 11 things everyone should know about human rights – fact sheet by Living History Forum
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- List of the 30 human rights (short version)
Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for production of the cubes, language translation, travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speakers as well as the costs for accountable teacher’s travel expenses to Sweden. The financial support will be paid in accordance to the academic year, i.e. in two separate parts, autumn and spring respectively, if nothing else is specified. Application is done by filling out the application form.
Applications can be sent all year but considering the schematic structure of the project it is suggested to apply as early in the year as possible.
After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.
Contact person at the Swedish Institute
For more information, contact Henrik C. Enbohm.