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.
With the success of two years of pilot work at San Francisco’s Balboa High School (Jerry Garcia’s alma mater), and Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, CA, the project is now working to widely distribute a high school curriculum that integrates the creative arts to deepen the learning of the UDHR, as well as to commission original productions in which youth convey the importance of the UDHR Articles, starting with Article 26, the Right to an Education.
While raising awareness about the UDHR the project seeks to provide multiple levels of benefits:
-Supporting grassroots non-profits and creative arts professionals
-Showcasing the importance and value of creative arts to personal development and a vibrant culture
-Engaging youth to inspire learning, critical thinking and positive social interaction
-Encouraging youth who are often marginalized due to learning or physical differences to enjoy participation in school-wide events
-Engaging the broader community to support and celebrate accomplishments of youth
-Providing collaboration opportunities among non-profits, public schools and universities
The two main initiatives of the project currently are:
-Distribution and continuing development of a project-based high school curriculum, and congruent teacher training institutes. The curriculum, which meets high school requirements for teaching the UDHR, integrates the creative arts and a culminating presentation to inspire the students toward deep learning, personal growth and civic engagement
-Commissioned original productions that provide youth participating in community-based creative arts programs with opportunities to develop and perform work based on UDHR concepts. These productions, recorded for DVD and video distribution, then become a teaching tool for the immediate live audiences as well as the broader public.
Following the presentation “Poetic Justice” by students at Robert Goddard Montessori Middle School, we asked Gloria Darlington, History Teacher and Social Studies Chair, about how the production came together, and what students learned in the process. We think her comments […]
Sandy Sohcot says: In 2010, when we published The World As It Could Be Program curriculum, we developed our 3-day Institute held in collaboration with the International & Multicultural Education Department of the University of San Francisco School of Education so […]
We’re delighted to share with you this article in the Why Diversity? blog by INNOVATE Diversity founder Lina Buffington. As part of her Hack Diversity! series, Buffington interviews TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot about the program’s work, from TWAICB’s origins to […]
TWAICB Executive Director Sandy Sohcot talks with Rex Foundation Executive Director Cameron Sears and Board Member Nick Morgan about the Rex Foundation’s interest in social change, and what that means to different people. Then she talks with Hilary Bass and […]
We just finished another incredible Summer Institute in San Francisco and wanted to share some of it with you. Here are the Culminating Ceremony that followed the three-day Institute, and a question-and-answer discussion with the participants. Culminating Ceremony Q&A Session
Update: Watch the videos from the 2014 Summer Institute INVITATION FROM THE WORLD AS IT COULD BE IN COLLABORATION WITH INTERNATIONAL AND MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL OF EDUCATION 3-Day Institute to Experience The World As It Could […]
The World As It Could Be – A Declaration of Human Rights, presented at Balboa High School on December 8, 2006, was the first production where the participating youth, through their thoughtful and creative expressions, provided insights about the significance […]
The World As It Could Be Is Now a Project of the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL)
January 1, 2014 Greetings, Your commitment and involvement as supporters of and participants in The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program (TWAICB) has made it possible to advance the positive impact of our work. With this message […]
Last August (2013), the Rex Foundation had the pleasure of working with The Advocates for Human Rights and the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center on the first Arts and Human Rights Institute. We are delighted to share with you […]
Since 2006, partnerships between The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program (TWAICB) and universities, nonprofit and community organizations have led to the Program’s involvement in the national discourse on human rights education. In September of 2011, I […]