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.
The two-hour Courage to Care education program is targeted at 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 optional post-visit learning.
The program is flexible and adapted for different age groups and learning needs. It is supported by the NSW Department of Education and is recognised in the syllabus areas of History, HSIE, Geography, and PDHPE.
Planning Your Visit
The Courage to Care experience is most effective for students if combined with prior preparation on key components of the program.
Relevant topics include:
- 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 Booklet and Information sheets
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
Courage to Care has also developed ready-to-use pre-visit information sheets which provide a quick and simple introduction to the program:
- Primary School pre-visit information sheet (Years 5-6)
- Primary School pre-visit activity sheet (Years 5-6)
- Secondary School pre-visit sheet (Years 7-12)
The following is a brief list of books on World War II and the Holocaust that are suitable for students. A more comprehensive list is available from the Teacher’s Booklet.
- 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).
A list of recommended fiction books for students is available under Resources.
Online Resource Material
At the back of the Teacher’s Booklet there is an extensive list of resources and links. Here is a list of some of the most popular websites that provide teachers’ resources:
- 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
- Living in Harmony website of the Federal Government
- Sydney Jewish Museum
- A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust
- The Challenge Day provides experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression.
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.
- We encourage students to take the time to create their own creative response to their experience, whether individually or as a group. This could take many forms of expression including art work, writing a story, play or poetry. As an organisation we value these creative responses and if possible, will put them up on the website (anonymously if the student prefers). Please see the Personal Response Project for more information.
- 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.
Post Program and Classroom Teacher Evaluation
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