The Cube Project

By letting students co-create a 2x2x2 meter cube on human rights, the Cube Project aims at increasing knowledge on human rights as well as creating a network of schools. This project was initiated by the Raoul Wallenberg Academy in 2014 in Swedish schools and met with immediate success.  2016 marks the 250th Anniversary of the Swedish Freedom of the Press Act as well as of the Swedish Right of Access Principle, corner stones of an open society. The Cube Project is one of the activities that the Swedish Institute (SI) launches commemorating this year.

Instructions and manuals

So how does it work? At the centre is a physical cube and one of the 30 Human Rights included in the UN Declaration of Human Rights. The school in question chooses one of these rights to focus their work on and after lessons and group discussions of that specific human right, the pupils co-create content for the cube. The content presenting the human right can be in any form – text, images, videos, music, dance, art etc –  and is presented to the public in the cube. Learn more about the Swedish cube project.

This project is offered Swedish foreign missions and is intended for schools abroad that wish to engage in human rights.

  • Aim: Increase awareness of Human Rights among young people
  • Objectives: Connections with and development of collaborations with Swedish schools
  • Target groups: Schools, pupils 16-18 old and multipliers (opinion makers/media)

Being a toolkit, the project is managed by the applying Swedish foreign mission. Tentatively, the foreign mission contacts one (or up to three) local secondary schools in their region of interest, offering them this unique tool to deepen and broaden the respect and understanding for human rights. Just before the individual projects start (preferably in August), SI will host an inspirational visit to Sweden for the teachers from each of the participating schools for introductory meetings with teachers and students working within the Swedish cube project. While in Sweden, there will be opportunities for the visiting teachers to see the cubes from the previous year in order to get a fuller understanding of the many possibilities of the project. After having started their projects in their respective countries, the introductory visit is followed by a Swedish teacher going to the school abroad to talk about best practice from Sweden to further inspire the teachers starting up the project. Other activities to highlight the meaning of human rights in conjunction to the project are also encouraged.

Building blocks

Cube design and production

Human rights

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 30,000 SEK for production of the cubes and inviting Swedish guest speakers. 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 evaluation form for toolkits

Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

Case scenario

As inspiration, please see the Swedish Cube project presented in the film

Press images from the Swedish Cube Project.

Contact person at the Swedish Institute

For further information, please contact Henrik C. Enbohm.