Category: The World As It Could Be
Listen to a March 9, 2010 interview in whichÂ Rex Foundation executive director Sandy Sohcot spoke with California PTA president Carol Kocivar on KALW FM,Â about Rex’s The World As It Could Be project and the impact it’s having on the lives of local high school students who participate.
Rex Foundation executive director Sandy Sohcot talks about our ongoing project The World As It Could Be, developing a high-school curriculum focused on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The performing arts are an essential component of the teaching and learning process.
Arroyo High School’s student production, part of The World As It Could Be, allowed the young performers to develop and express their own insights on issues related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Watch the video:Â Rex Foundation Executive Director Sandy Sohcot talks with Rexfoundation.org editor Mary Eisenhart about the inspiration and current state of the human rights education project The World As It Could Be.
Rex grantee Destiny Arts Center on the creative process of developing an arts-focused curriculum on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In the 2007/08 dramatization The World As It Could Be â€“ Where Thereâ€™s A Will Thereâ€™s A Way, created by the youth of the Destiny Arts Center Performance Troupe, there was a segment where each person presented minute actions they would take to manifest the words of the UDHR. One said, â€œI will no longer drink bottled water.â€ Another said, â€œI will speak up if I witness anyone being disrespectful to others.â€ And another said, â€œI will vote.â€
A Rex-sponsored original production created by Bay Area youth art organizations to educate and inspire youth and adults about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the importance of exerting the will to realize the world envisioned by the Declaration.
Rexfoundation.org editor Mary Eisenhart writes: It’s always interesting, and usually inspiring, to talk to Rex grantees about their work and write about it in our Food For Thought section. So, when I went to talk to the folks at Youth Movement Records, IÂ was looking forward to our visit, especially after seeing the YMR youth’s work in the Oakland Tech production of “The World As It Could Be: Where There’s a Will There’s a Way.”
Rex Executive Director Sandy Sohcot says: When I began work on this project in 2006, my goal was to raise awareness about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to showcase the excellent work of the Rex grantees who utilize the creative arts in their work with youth who, due to their lower socioeconomic status, often face troubling and risk-raising issues. My theory was, â€œWhat better way to teach, than through the lessons we can we learn from young people, delivered through the medium of drama, dance and song?â€