Up and coming generations shape our society. One day, their values will influence the world we live in.
That’s why it’s so important to lay the right foundations for a more inclusive and harmonious future.
Every day we’re surrounded by people of diverse faiths, cultures and beliefs. And sadly we still see instances of discrimination, racism and hate speech throughout our communities. Our Upstander Programs equip teens to navigate our diverse society with insight for deeper understanding, acceptance and inclusion.
Led by experienced and trained facilitators, students in Years 6-12 are guided through an exploration of their own attitudes and actions. We provide them with tools to develop more empathetic responses, and the language to advocate Upstander behaviour.
Our Upstander Programs are offered to all NSW secondary schools via incursion directly to the school, at exhibitions delivered annually in different NSW regional areas, or remotely using interactive conferencing technology in the classroom.
The Schools Program runs for 2 hours. For schools where in-person program delivery is not practicable, we offer remote delivery of the program in 90 minutes.
Upstander Programs align with the NSW and Australian curricula learning areas of:
The programs enrich all Capabilities areas:
This short film provides a historical background into the Holocaust, to demonstrate an extreme real-life example of the consequences of prejudice, racism and discrimination.
Exploring real-life cases from a historical lens, students are introduced to stories of rescue and survival from the Holocaust and the remarkable acts of courage that enabled them. This demonstrates how ordinary people are capable of extraordinary acts, and that everyone can be an Upstander.
A survivor speaker will detail their own experience of being rescued by people with the moral strength and courage to stand up in the most challenging of circumstances.
These personal stories highlight the importance of having the courage to care, as well as affording students the unique opportunity to speak directly with a Holocaust survivor.
Students engage in a discussion of their own perceptions and experiences of bystander behaviour. They’re then taught how to make a difference in their own lives and communities through Upstander behaviour.
The Courage to Care incursion is a fantastic opportunity for students to combine their knowledge of The Holocaust depth study and The Changing Rights and Freedoms stage 5 core topic for History. The activities using primary sources, resistance stories and small-group work on what it means to be an Upstander are invaluable to support students’ conceptual understanding and understand their place as a global citizen.
The Holocaust survivor stories captivated our students and encouraged them to look for ways they can be an Upstander in their spheres of influence. The educators were passionate, knowledgeable and the organisation was extremely easy to engage with during the administration phase. I would definitely recommend this program for your school!
– Head Teacher HSIE, comprehensive high school in Southern Sydney
increase in positive discussion among students
increase in students demonstrating Upstander behaviour
positive change in behaviour towards peers