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.
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 […]
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.
The Rex Foundation is pleased to collaborate with The Advocates for Human Rights and the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center on an Arts and Human Rights Institute August 12-14, 2013, on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. Rex […]
Thanks for participating! Watch video from the Summer Institute! INVITATION FROM THE REX FOUNDATION IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL & MULTICULTURAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT OF THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION 3-Day Institute to Experience The World As It […]
Collaboration Between the Alameda County Office of Education and The World As It Could Be We are thrilled to announce a new 5-day course – Integrated Learning for Human Rights and Social Justice – a collaborative project of the Art […]
As part of building on the work of The World As It Could Be Program taking place over the last few years in Bay Area and other high schools, we invite you to a special event on Monday, March 4, from […]
We are proud and honored to announce that on the occasion of December 10th as International Human Rights Day, on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program received a Resolution and Certificate of […]