Commentary

Newsletter: Youth Compel Us to “Wake Up & Take Action!”

August 2018, TWAIBC Newsletter Dear Friends and Colleagues, In 2007, I saw the play “R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE.”  I was inspired by Mr. Fuller’s world outlook, and particularly taken by a 1983 quote of his included in the play program: “We can now solve all the problems of hunger […]

Rex Foundation Newsletter: The Will to Change

“We can now solve all the problems of hunger and need across the world, having all the available resources and technology; all that we need is the political will.” —Buckminster Fuller, 1983 From the October 2007 Rex Foundation Newsletter, The Will to Change reflects a common theme that inspires the work we do at TWAICB. […]

The Crossing Borders Project | Introduces C-Jam (Communities Joining for Art And Murals) To Encourage Connection, Compassion & Care

Earlier this year we presented information on The Columbus Crossing Borders Project. Columbus Crossing Borders is a nonprofit consisting of 34 painters and a film crew using art to inspire critical thinking, compassion and support for the millions of refugees in our world.  Created in response to anti-immigration sentiments and racism, this project tours as an […]

A Perspective on U.S. Exit from the UN Human Rights Council: The Impact on Hope

By Sandy Sohcot The focus of The World As It Could Be Program is raising awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and its continuing relevance to help bring about equality, justice and dignity for all people.   We have carried out this work the last 12 years because we have witnessed the positive […]

Integrity: What a Concept!

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: For the past 2 months, the character-building theme of my 7-year old granddaughter’s Taekwondo Class is: Integrity – Doing the right thing even if no one is watching I’ve listened in on class discussions where the Taekwondo master has the students offer their ideas on what integrity means. One student […]

ROP Students Launch ‘Radical Red’ Project

ROP Students Launch ‘Radical Red’ Project

In early December 2017, the Arroyo Rite of Passage class participants began the process of identifying their Community Action Project. The first class discussion centered on selecting the three UDHR Articles they associated most closely with community issues that concerned them. The result of this discussion is illustrated in this document titled Priority UHDR Articles […]

Student Wins Honor for UDHR-Themed Art

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot says: We’re delighted to hear from colleague Pedro Mena that Siddharth A., one of the students in his UDHR-themed art program at Columbus Academy, received a Scholastic Art Award for  his UDHR-inspired art. We’re delighted to share Pedro’s letter and Siddarth’s work. We’re inspired by his depth of thought and the way he depicts […]

Crossing Borders: Human Dignity and the Refugee Experience

When our educator colleague Pedro Mena recently shared his “Human Rights on Record” art project, he also introduced us to Laurie VanBalen, a colleague from Columbus, Ohio. As seen in the documentary Breathe Free,  Laurie started the Columbus Crossing Borders Project as a way to raise awareness of the stories behind the many refugees arriving in the […]

NCSS Adopts Resolution in Support of Human Rights Education

At its annual conference in San Francisco last week, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) unanimously approved the resolution attached below. Rosemary Blanchard reports: “While it was up for discussion, four state affiliate representatives stood up and asked for their state to be listed as a co-sponsor. We are on a roll to bring […]

Human Rights on Record: Art With a Conscience

Human Rights on Record: Art With a Conscience

We were delighted to get this update from longtime TWAICB colleague Pedro Mena about his art education work at Columbus Academy in Columbus, Ohio. In 8th grade Art at Columbus Academy this year, students are choosing an article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and creating a print based on its statement.  The Human Rights on […]