The “World As It Could Be” Human Rights Education Program

16335 E. 14th Street , San Leandro, CA 94578
(510) 481-4541

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.

Recent Grantee News


The World As It Could Be: Student Videos From Oakland


In 2011, the Rex Foundation presented a grant to the Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) to support a collaborative creative project of the Center, the California Film Institute (CFI) and the Rex Foundation.  The creative project involved Oakland, CA seniors at Mandela High School, who, under the direction of CDS, created and produced their own […]