Hate speech and racial violence are on the rise across the world and, worryingly, it’s growing in Australia too. It’s on our very own doorstep.
From white supremacist rallies to targeted racial attacks, the trend is impossible to deny. That’s why it feels so overwhelming. And at times, insurmountable.
But the solution is clear – and it always has been:
By educating tomorrow’s generation about the dangers of racism, prejudice and intolerance, we can create a world of Upstanders. Everyday people who speak up, act with courage and create real change.
And there’s no doubt that the younger the children, the more impactful this education becomes.
That’s why we are now offering a Middle Years Program specifically designed for students in Years 5, 6 and 7.
This new, age-appropriate Upstander Program is already receiving excellent feedback from educators. Which means the word is out there, with demand from schools across the state climbing by the day.
And while we have our wonderful volunteers trained and ready to deliver this program more widely, we need the financial means to do so.
We hope to reach more than 8,000 Middle and Secondary Years students by the end of 2021. We can only do it with help from our supporters.
All donations, no matter how great or small will help us shape a more inclusive and understanding society. One that leaves intolerance and hate in the past.