Mission & Vision

Courage to Care is a community outreach initiative

Courage to Care aims to inform Australians of the dangers of prejudice and discrimination.

It educates towards an understanding of the roles of victim, perpetrator and particularly bystander.

Courage to Care strives to combat discrimination in all forms by inspiring and empowering the individual to become an upstander and take positive action.

History

Courage to Care is an outreach program of B’nai B’rith.

B’nai B’rith is the world’s oldest Jewish Service organisation, with a presence in 50 countries and headquarters in Washington DC. In Australia, a large part of its work focuses on the advocacy and promotion of human rights and social justice.

In 1992, inspired by the many stories of rescue and courage displayed by non-Jews who saved or helped Jews during the Holocaust, the Raoul Wallenberg Unit of B’nai B’rith Victoria mounted the first Courage to Care exhibition in the Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbourne, Victoria. This was a joint initiative with the Jewish Holocaust Centre. Courage to Care VIC still runs an exhibition and school program throughout Victoria today.

The exhibition has, since 1998, been taken up by B’nai B’rith NSW. Subsequently, an education program was developed to accompany the exhibition.

Since 1999, Courage to Care (NSW) has run a travelling exhibition, together with an integrated education program that is delivered in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. The organisation has since also developed in-class, tertiary and workplace presentations. The program celebrates the people who had the courage to care – ordinary people, whose acts were extraordinary in their bravery and impact. It tells the story of individuals who, stood up and confronted discrimination and injustice, often risking their own lives and sometimes those of their loved ones, to save others.

Their stories are an enduring example of the power of the individual to make a difference, and a poignant reminder that it is our own choices that determine if we remain bystanders, or become upstanders who take positive action in the face of prejudice and discrimination in our everyday lives.

How it Works

Courage to Care NSW runs four main programs in NSW, QLD and the ACT:

A unique feature of all our programs is a session with a ‘living historian’, a survivor from the Holocaust, who shares his or her positive story of their rescue and survival and who explains the support he or she was given by others. The programs highlight the power of the individual to make a difference by standing up to prejudice and discrimination – in the past, as well as in the present in our everyday lives.

The exhibition is open to the general public and entry is free of charge. Courage to Care NSW offers subsidies for transport costs for disadvantaged regional schools to and from the venue. Visitors, including school children (Years 5 – 12) and adult groups, are invited to participate in a two-hour integrated education program which includes audiovisual components, survivor story, facilitated workshops and experiential learning processes.

Exhibitions are held in galleries, libraries or other venues that fulfil the requirements. For more information on where Courage to Care is running the exhibition see our timeline below. If you are interested in hosting a Courage to Care exhibition please contact us.

Other programs can be run in the classroom, tertiary institution or workplace and are tailored to meet the requirements of each specific audience. Depending upon the number of participants and location, the sessions may be scheduled for one day only or across several days or weeks. Sessions usually run from 90 minutes to two hours and include a presentation, survivor story and facilitated workshop. For more information about any of these programs please contact us.

Exhibition Timeline

Since its inception, Courage to Care NSW has been to 47 locations across New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT. We have also held a number of Courage to Care in the Classroom programs across Sydney, Maitland, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Outcomes

The aim of the program is to encourage participants to reflect on the choices they have to make when confronted with incidences of prejudice and discrimination, and to empower them to take action and not be bystanders – to know that they, as individuals, can make a difference.

Participants have provided feedback to Courage to Care in various ways including through comments in the Visitors’ Book, evaluation forms, personal notes to the survivor whose story they heard, and post-visit personal response projects. These responses are enthusiastic and positive, highlighting that the Courage to Care experience has had a profound impact and has been successful in raising awareness of the importance of individual action in the face of prejudice and discrimination.

Kevin Cocks AM, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner QLD

The narrative of Courage to Care is one that has the power to motivate each and every one of us to recognise the potential we have as individuals to make that difference.

Student Welfare Coordinator and Head of PDHPEThe Forest High School:

The feedback from all the students and the staff has been very positive. As the school’s welfare coordinator I will be referring to the Courage to Care experience on any ongoing basis with this year group, especially as the issue of bullying arises. I thank you for broadening my skill and experience base.

For further indication of the impact of our work, please see our testimonials.

Executive Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Education and Arts, Edith Cowan University Mt Lawley Campus:

The Courage to Care exhibition and program is life-changing – it resonates with students, teachers, and the general public alike and its impact is powerful. Uniquely among social tolerance education programs, it at once raises awareness of the effects of discrimination, prejudice and bullying, encourages empathy, and empowers participants to not be bystanders, but to take positive action. Courage to Care’s message – that each individual can make a difference – is universal and should be heard by students and adults across Australia.