Benefits for your class

Courage to Care is a social acceptance education and upstander action program that combats prejudice and discrimination. It raises awareness about these issues, encouraging understanding and empathy, and empowering participants to stand up to prejudice and discrimination whenever it occurs. Students are challenged to question and critically reflect on their personal values as they become more aware of the types of behaviour that constitute discrimination, and to reject passive indifference in the knowledge that their actions can and do make a difference.

Courage to Care educational programs are geared toward students in Years 5 – 12. It has been developed by professional educators, and includes audiovisual components, interactive workshops and experiential learning processes. Teachers are provided with complementary teaching materials to support pre-visit preparation as well as post-visit learning.

The program is flexible and adapted for different age groups and learning needs, and is recognised in the syllabus areas of History, Civics and Citizenship, HSIE, Geography, and PDHPE.

Preparing for the program

The Courage to Care experience is most effective for students if combined with prior preparation on key components of the program, with relevant topics including:

  • Racism, stereotyping and anti-Semitism
  • An introduction to WWII history and geography
  • Genocide and the Holocaust

Teachers can prepare students by downloading ready-to-use lesson plans specially prepared to complement the Courage to Care program. Additional reference material and activities are also available.

Teachers Resources

The Teacher’s Booklet gives an extensive introduction to the Courage to Care program and experience. It includes carefully compiled lessons to help prepare students before their visit to the exhibition. It also contains further lessons that provide rich reflective opportunities after the completion of the Courage to Care program.

Topics covered include:

  • An understanding of uniqueness and tolerance through poetry and story
  • Racism and prejudice in an Australian historical context
  • Role-playing and games

Information & Activity Sheets

Courage to Care has also developed ready-to-use pre-visit information sheets which provide a quick and simple introduction to the program:

Also, you can view the Without Prejudice Teacher Guide developed by B’nai B’rith which includes extensive in-class material.

Unknown Heroes Booklet Series

Courage to Care’s new Unknown Heroes booklet series features stories of rescue from genocides around the world.

The Unknown Heroes are ordinary men and women who demonstrated the ‘courage to care’ by protecting, assisting or sheltering victims of mass genocide. The stories of the ‘unknown heroes’ demonstrate that even in the darkest of times there will always be ordinary people who will stand up and place themselves at risk to protect others from prejudice and injustice, racism, bullying and discrimination.

Available in PDF format (below) and as free eBooks on Google Play.

Student Surveys and Feedback

If you have recently visited Courage to Care, we want to hear about your experience!
We would be thankful if you’d take the time to complete this short survey.
This will help us improve the Courage to Care program for future visitors.

After Your Visit

As educators we are aware of the importance of reflective opportunities that serve to embed learning.

  • We encourage teachers to reflect with students on their experience of Courage to Care.
  • The Teacher’s Booklet also contains numerous suggestions for post-visit activities and lessons. These draw on Australian historical and artistic content and are ready to apply in the classroom.

If you would like any assistance with integrating the program into classroom learning, please contact us.

Reference Books and Online Resources

The Teacher’s Booklet offers a comprehensive list of reference books and online resources for teachers.

Alternatively, view the lists below for material on World War II and the Holocaust that may be suitable for students:

  • Clendinnen, I. Reading the Holocaust, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2000.
  • Engel, D. The Holocaust, the Third Reich and the Jews, Longman, London, 1999.
  • Gilbert, M. The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy, Fontana, London, 1987.
  • Kaplan, M. A. Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1998.
  • Marton, K. Wallenberg: Missing Hero, Arcade Publishing, New York, 1995. (Suitable for Years 6-8).
  • Stadtler, B. The Holocaust: A History of Courage and Resistance, Behrman House, Springfield, New Jersey, 1994. (Suitable for Years 6-8).

See also the list of recommended fiction books for students is available on the Student Resource page.

For some of the most popular websites that provide teachers’ resources online, view the links below:

  • Difference Differently – a free online resource offering interactive modules in History, English, Geography and Civics and Citizenship for Years 3-10 by Together for Humanity, an organisation that combats prejudice through promoting mutual respect and cooperation.
  • Moving Forward Together – an organisation noted for their Harmony Day walks and Hamony Day poster competitions (for students of all ages)
  • Living in Harmony website – by the Federal Government
  • Sydney Jewish Museum – an excellent excursion choice for your students
  •  A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust – includes art, photographs, videos, plus student activities (produced by University of South Florida)
  • The Challenge Day provides experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression.