About the Program

Why Are the Arts Essential for Human Rights Education?

As part of this year’s Institute, we asked participants to think about why the arts are so important in teaching about human rights, and then to give us their thoughts. They wrote each idea on a paper leaf; then we filled the branches of a tree of human rights, created during the Institute, with the leaves. […]

Why Human Rights Education Matters to You

Why Human Rights Education Matters to You

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: In mid-July we shared Sting’s words: “We need a new version of the world, one based on empathy, on solidarity, one based on our common humanity.” Because I believe this vision is possible, I seek to work on it with you as part of The World As It Could Be […]

Invitation to Support The World As It Could Be

2016 marks the 10th year since we began the work that led to The World As It Could BeProgram (TWAICB). All the positive impacts we’ve achieved since our first youth-led presentation at Balboa High School on December 8, 2006 are possible because of generous financial support from companies, foundations and individuals. Here is our Invitation to Support TWAICB 2016-17 endeavors. The document’s […]

Putting the ‘Human Rights’ into Education and Training

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: As we all posed in front of our “Human Rights” tree, exhilarated by the moving and inspiring culminating presentation at our 7th 3-day Institute, I felt renewed encouragement to continue our Human Rights Education (HRE) endeavors. Ten years ago, when we launched this project as part of the Rex Foundation, raising […]

Tasha Pasternack: If I Could Tell the World About Human Rights…

first in a series During the culminating ceremony for our 2016 Summer Institute at Balboa High School, participants shared their thoughts on the subject “If I could tell the world about human rights…” Here’s Tasha Pasternack, a teacher: “If I Could Tell the World” Tasha Pasternack If I could tell the world about human rights, […]

Teaching Human Rights Through the Arts at Balboa High School

Recipe for Room 300 Take 30 Articles. Add 29 students from five countries. Stir gently. Fold in equal parts reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and courage. While continuing to stir, add 1 cup each singing, movement, music, and art. Season with 1 tablespoon each gratitude, reflection, empathy, and action. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat […]

2016 Rite of Passage Culminating Ceremony: Watch the Videos

We’re delighted to share this collection of videos from the Rite of Passage Culminating Ceremony at REACH on May 20, 2016!

High School Community Action Project Strives to Engage Students in Their Education

As part of our discussions about Article 3, the right to life, liberty, and security of person, several Rite of Passage participants felt strongly about having a greater sense of personal security in their schools. They went on to develop a Community Action Program is to help identify ways to improve relations between students and teachers so […]

‘Facts of Life’: Delving Deeper into Article 3

Following up on our earlier post about the REACH Rite of Passage group’s study of UDHR Article 3, the right to life, liberty, and security of person, here’s an update on their Community Action Project related to police issues.  They decided to create an event at REACH to generate more positive connections between the youth and the Sheriff’s Office […]

More From Balboa High School: The Importance of Human Rights

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: We were so pleased to get the following message from Jill Smith about how her class at Balboa High School felt as a result of learning about human rights. Hi Sandy, I wanted to share something wonderful with you!  As you know, I was eager to teach about human rights […]