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 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.
TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: In April, we sent out an email to our community of colleagues and supporters asking for input on how knowing about the UDHR matters in addressing issues today, as posted here. Jill Smith, a 10th grade […]
INVITATION FROM THE WORLD AS IT COULD BE IN COLLABORATION WITH INTERNATIONAL AND MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Three-Day Institute to Experience The World As It Could Be Program Curriculum Tuesday-Thursday, August 2-4, 2016 at Balboa […]
During the first sessions of The World As It Could Be Is Within REACH Rite of Passage Program, we introduce the participants to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) sod they become familiar with the document and its history. […]
On Monday, April 4th, Genice Jacobs of AbolitionistMom.org presented information on human trafficking to The World As It Could Be Is Within REACH Rite of Passage class. This special session was the result of work done in previous sessions, in which […]
Dear Friends and Colleagues: I’d like to know your thoughts on an issue that’s been on my mind more than ever lately. Just after the Brussels terrorist attack, I received an email from a friend who worried that fear-mongering, especially […]
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, […]
TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: This past Monday I visited with the Arroyo High School class that created and presented the December 15, 2015 Town Hall about the importance of the UDHR. I first asked them about how they […]
Do you think the UDHR matters today? We’d be very grateful if you’d take some time to consider the importance of the UDHR in your own life and share your insights with us. Specifically, please: 1. Read the UDHR to […]
On December 4, 2015, Balboa High School in San Francisco held its annual Human Rights assembly. This excerpt is from one of the presentations in which students reflect on the importance of the UDHR. The thoughtful narration to the compelling video […]
On Monday, December 14, 2015, the participants in The World As It Could Be Is Within REACH Rite of Passage Program held an assembly for all the members and staff of the REACH Ashland Youth Center. They presented their dramatization […]