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.

The cube project is part of SI’s specially adapted toolkits focusing on human rights and democracy, e.g. Welcome to Electionville, To me there’s no other choice and the Young courage award.

Building blocks

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

Human rights

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)

Additional material

Press images from the Swedish Cube Project

Inspirational stories

A Year with the Cube Project in Europe and the US


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.

Timeline for The Cube Project

Due to the pedagogical structure of the cube toolkit it should run in the course of an academic year, usually September through May.

Learn more about the Swedish cube project.

Financial support

Applications for projects in April to December 2023

Due to the extraordinarily high number of toolkit applications, and a limited budget, we are unable to grant any further financial support for toolkits in 2023 with the exception of toolkit applications with following purposes:

– Higher education promotion
– Sweden alumni relations
– Sweden 500 celebrations (maximum of 5 000 SEK)
– The Nobel Prize (a limited numer of applications)
You can of course also use all material on but without funding from us.

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.

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill 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.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

If more than 10 per cent of the total grant has not been used, then the full amount of unused funds must be repaid to SI. Repayment shall be via UD EKO. When repaying, enter the project’s registration number (available in the agreement) and the name of your organisation in the notification field and notify the project manager in question.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Anna Maria Bernitz.