Introduction to the Program

Introduction to the Program

Director Sandy Sohcot talks with Mary Eisenhart about the inspiration and current state of the human rights education project The World As It Could Be.

Sweet Vibes: “The World As It Could Be”

Sweet Vibes: “The World As It Could Be”

At this year’s Gathering of the Vibes, young singer/songwriter Henry Sidle, who’s been inspired by the Rex Foundation’s work, performed his original composition “The World As It Could Be” and was interviewed by GOTV performer and longtime Rex supporter David […]

Oakland’s Youth Movement Records

Oakland’s Youth Movement Records

Rexfoundation.org editor Mary Eisenhart says: It’s always interesting, and usually inspiring, to talk to Rex grantees about their work and write about it in our Food For Thought section. So, when I went to talk to the folks at Youth […]

The Story of Human Rights

The Story of Human Rights

Watch the short film The Story of Human Rights from Humanrights.com, which offers a excellent overview of how a sense of human rights developed over the course of history and was eventually enshrined in the UDHR–and then goes on to […]

About the Program

The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program is an outgrowth of a series of successful initiatives carried out since 2006 to educate and inspire youth and adults to further human rights for all people. These initiatives have used the creative arts to deepen learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); they have also given participating youth the voice to teach their peers and adults about the importance of the UDHR concepts

OUR MISSION
With the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as its guide, The World As It Could Be Program endeavors to collaborate with community arts and social justice non-profit programs, schools, universities, and teacher training organizations to develop and use creative arts-based learning models and youth-led original dramatizations to inspire youth and adults to value the importance of human rights for all people, as well as to be engaged members of their local and global communities to help make the words of the UDHR a reality for everyone.

As part of the Program’s mission, we seek to provide multiple levels of benefits while carrying out initiatives:
• Support grassroots non-profits and creative arts professionals
• Showcase the importance and value of the creative arts to personal development and a vibrant culture
• Engage youth in positive, motivating activities that encourage learning, critical thinking and enhanced social interactions
• Provide opportunities for youth who are often marginalized due to learning differences and physical limitations to be participants in school-wide initiatives
• Engage the broader community to support and celebrate accomplishments of youth
• Provide opportunities for collaborations among non-profits, between non-profits and public schools, and among the teachers within schools
• Help transform traditional pedagogy into Human Rights Education

OUR PRIMARY ACTIVITIES
With the depth and breadth of positive impacts from the last nine years of work, the Program endeavors to:
• Widely distribute its high school curriculum that integrates the creative arts and a culminating celebratory presentation, and, consistent with the Common Core curriculum standards, promotes in-depth learning and critical thinking skills.
• Deepen the impact of The World As It Could Be Is Within REACH Rite of Passage at the REACH Ashland Youth Center as well as in other communities.
• Utilize our extensive library of videos of student presentations and commentary about the UDHR to raise awareness and spur dialogue about the continuing relevance of the UDHR as part of enhancing the social emotional learning of youth, promoting positive community and civic engagement, and creating a culture of thinking and acting that fosters equality, justice and human dignity for all people.

Class Curriculum

Built on our successful pilot work in two Bay Area high schools in 2008 and 2009, our unique curriculum integrates the creative arts and a culminating presentation to excite students about learning, being engaged in actions and behaviors that further positive interactions with their peers, teachers and extended communities, and taking action to promote equity, justice and human dignity for all people.

We invite teachers, leaders of non-profit organizations and community leaders to utilize the curriculum. Separate pages of the curriculum lesson plans and resource guides are posted to invite your commentary to share additional ideas and resources.

Commentary

Media and articles about the Program; Reflections by participating students and teachers on their experiences with the Program.

Instructional Materials

Built on our successful pilot work in two Bay Area high schools in 2008 and 2009, our unique curriculum integrates the creative arts and a culminating presentation to excite students about learning, being engaged in actions and behaviors that further positive interactions with their peers, teachers and extended communities, and taking action to promote equity, justice and human dignity for all people. We invite teachers, leaders of non-profit organizations and community leaders to utilize the curriculum.

Separate pages of the curriculum lesson plans and resource guides are posted; we welcome your commentary and invite you to share additional ideas and resources.

Also provided here is information about curriculum trainings, including write-ups, videos and other reflections connected with past Institutes.

Presentations

Excerpts as well as full videos of the original dramatic presentations and culminating ceremonies created by participating youth and adults involved in the Program since 2006. In addition to watching the meaningful and compelling contributions of the participants, please use these videos in your own classrooms and community forums to help raise awareness about the relevance of the UDHR, inspire creativity among your students, and advance “human rights” thinking.