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.



The Cube-method ”Every person can make a difference” aims to inform students about human rights and equality. As part of the project, black “cubes” (2*2*2 meters), are sent to selected high schools around Sweden. The students are given the opportunity to creatively interpret one of the thirty human rights from the UN Declaration of Human Rights. This is done through texts, images, film, theater, or installations inside the cube.                               The students also discuss human rights, civil courage, and how one can make a difference, with the help of the pedagogical toolkit provided as part of the project. Download the toolkit here.

On Raoul Wallenberg Day, the cubes are put on display in Stockholm, with the purpose of initiating debate about human rights, civil courage, and equality, with Raoul Wallenberg as a source of inspiration.

Through a cooperation with the Swedish Institute we are now working with schools in New York, Paris, Belgrade and Budapest. Read more about the international Cube-method here.

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Here are the international schools working with the Cube-method. Each school is assigned a partner school in Sweden.

Paris, France –Lycée D’Arsonval, partnership with Hersby gymnasium

Budapest, Hungary – Kölcsey Ferenc High School partnership with  Spånga gymnasiet

Budapest, Hungary – József Attila High School, partnership with Sundsvall gymnasium  

Belgrade, Serbia –  C31, partnership with Klara Södra gymnasium

New York, U.S. –  Hight School of Art & Design, partnership with Upplands-Brogymnasiet


Raoul Wallenbergs Day occurs on 27th of August, the national day for equal rights, and civil courage. This is the first national day in Sweden to commemorate and honor a civilian. During the day, the Raoul Wallenberg Prize is awarded to a person in Sweden who is working in the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg, mainly through increasing knowledge among children and youth regarding xenophobia, intolerance, and equal rights. ‘Ungt Kurage’ is also awarded on Raoul Wallenbergs Day, this is a prize for five youths that have acted with civil courage to create a more humane society. These youths are awarded with a trip to Budapest, where they follow the footsteps of Raoul Wallenberg and learn how important civil courage still is today and how they can keep inspiring other youths to also act with civil courage.


Raoul Wallenberg prize was instituted 2013 and is awarded on Raoul Wallenberg’s day. The prize goes to a person that has works in Sweden in Raoul Wallenberg’s spirit, through knowledge increasing efforts for children and youth about xenophobia, intolerance and all humans equal value. Raoul Wallenberg prize is awarded by Raoul Wallenberg Academy with support from the government. The prize sum is 100 000 SEK and shall go to continued knowledge increasing efforts.


‘100 ways to make a difference’ is a list of everyday acts that builds civil courage in people. The idea of this list is to inspire and motivate individuals to train their civil courage, and to initiate a debate around these issues. The list is a product of an open process where we have gone through hundreds of ideas and suggestions submitted to us.

Find the list here.


Raoul Wallenberg Academy provides numerous of leadership programs for mainly students, but also some for teachers. There are three programs; ‘Det goda ledarskapet’, Train-the-Trainer/Train-the-Student and Bootcamp for social entrepreneurs. The Train-the-Trainer/Train-the-Student and ‘Det goda ledarskapet’ programs aim to help students to build and be grounded in their values, and build leadership skills in students for a more human society. Bootcamp for social entrepreneurs is a program that focuses on social entrepreneurship amongst youth. 


Raoul Wallenberg was a young man who went his own way. As a Swedish diplomat, he worked at the Embassy in Budapest during the final stages of World War II. His deeds in Budapest are unique; through courage, knowledge, organizational skills, audacity, and ingenuity, he was able to save tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust.

Raoul Wallenberg was born in Stockholm in 1912. In 1944 he was recruited by the American War Refugee Board to travel as a Swedish diplomat to Budapest. By that time, the Nazis had already sent over 435,000 Jews from the Hungarian countryside to the concentration camp in Auschwitz. In Budapest, 230,000 Jews remained, who were restrained to live in certain houses and forced to wear the yellow star of David visibly on their chests. In Budapest, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory. This way, he could save tens of thousands of Jewish lives. As the Red Army arrived in Budapest towards the end of the War, they captured Raoul Wallenberg. His fate is still unknown. No Swede has had so many schools, streets, and parks, named after him as Raoul Wallenberg. There are monuments in his honor all around the world. He is an honorary citizen in a number of countries.

Contact us

For more information about the Cube-method contact Philip Hjalmarsson

For all other inquiries please contact  Martina Högberg

Board of Raoul Wallenberg Academy

Cecilia NordströmPresident – Cecilia is active in Tällberg Foundation and the board member of Berättarministeriet.

Sven Hagströmer, vice president – Sven is a relative to Raoul Wallenberg och helped found Raoul Wallenberg Academy in 2001. Sven is a board member of Creades and also founder of Berättarministeriet and the foundation Allbright.

Ingrid Carlberg – Ingrid is an author and journalist, whom has written the celebrated bibliography ”Raoul Wallenberg, the heroic life of the man who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust”.

Martin Rogberg – Martin has been active in the board of Raoul Wallenberg Academy since 2001. Martin works at Stockholm University with coordinating and leading the scientific support for all school principles in the work for a more equivalent school environment for all students, among other things.

Carl Svernlöv – Carl is a lawyer at Baker McKenize as well as a university lecturer and author of legal literature, focusing on questions about corporate governance together with board- and board responsibilities.

Michael Wernstedt – Michael is a lawyer and former executive directer of Raoul Wallenberg Academy (2012-2016).

Olle Wästberg – Olle is a politician, diplomat and publicist. Olle was the governmental coordinator (2011-2013) for the Raoul Wallenberg year in 2012.

Cecilia Åhlberg – Cecilia works closely with her grandmother Nina Lagergren, with questions concerning Raoul Wallenberg.

Executive Director: Sarah Scheller

Raoul Wallenberg Academy is a non-profit organization dependent on funding. Big thanks to our donors:

Allmänna Arvsfonden, Millenium (Catarina och Sven Hagströmer), Karl-Johan Persson, Gerald och Monica Naglers Stiftelse, Marianne och Marcus Wallenbergs StiftelseMats Klebergs Stiftelse, Åke Bonnier, Kristina Gustafsson Bonnier, Anna Rantala Bonnier, Elin Bonnier, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Gålöstiftelsen, Marcus Storch, Regeringskansliet, Stiftelsen Chela, Salénia, Annika och Gabriel Urwitz Stiftelse, Claes Dahlbäck, Heimbold Foundation, Kungliga Patriotiska Sällskapet, Lago Wernstedt, Magnus Brandberg med familj, Segulah, Stiftelsen Oscar Hirschs Minne.

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