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SWEDISH AND FRENCH STUDENTS TAKE PART IN AN OPENING CEREMONY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT IN PARIS

Pressmeddelande   •   Mar 20, 2018 13:02 CET

The Cube in Paris

Within the framework of Raoul Wallenberg Academy's school program “The Cube”, 30 big black cubes in steel are placed at schools in Sweden and abroad, including in Paris. Each cube represent one of the 30 human rights. On March 21, the cube in Paris is in focus when the Swedish ambassador to France as well as students from Hersby High School at Lidingö in Sweden and Lycée d'Arsonval School in Paris are taking part in a big opening ceremony at the Swedish House at Cité U.

The ceremony is followed by a human rights’ conference, where journalist Martin Schibbye will participate together with Sarah Scheller, director of Raoul Wallenberg Academy. Martin Schibbye and Sarah Scheller will talk about their experiences of the importance of human rights in our contemporary times. Sarah will also present the "The Raoul Wallenberg Algorithm" - a digital tool that measure the compassionate temperature in our world through Twitter.

The program for the conference is attached.

ABOUT THE CUBE

  • The Cube Program aims to engage high school students to stand up for human rights, and counteract xenophobia and racism.
  • There are 30 human rights and therefore 30 physical cubes distributed to schools around Sweden, and also to schools in Belgrade, Budapest, Paris and New York. This is done in cooperation with the Swedish Institute and Swedish Embassies.
  • Each of the cubes represents an article in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Together with the cubes, educational material will inspire young people to creatively interpret human rights and decorate the cube with their articles.
  • The cubs are place at their respective schools during the spring and then moved to Kungsträdgården in Stockholm in connection with Raoul Wallenberg's day, when all 30 cubes will be collected and displayed to the public from 30 August to 1 September 2018.
  • In 2017, 30 schools and 8,000 students participated.
  • The cube is about 3x3x3 meters and in steel. It weighs 500 kg.

Raoul Wallenberg Academy is acting in the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg, by supporting young people to find the courage to make a difference and to take action for equal rights. We cultivate the four qualities common to positive change-makers in society such as Raoul Wallenberg: empathy, courage, leadership and cooperation. We do this by offering tools, education and long-term school projects.

Raoul Wallenberg Academy was founded in 2001 by, among others, Raoul Wallenberg’s sister Nina Lagergren.

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