This week, hundreds of BSSC students were encouraged to become ‘upstanders’ in their community when they attended the Courage to Care program.
VCAL and Sociology students heard inspiring testimonies from Holocaust survivors and their families, and stories of survivors of other genocides who were saved by the courage of others.
Delivered by a team of passionate volunteers, the program challenges attitudes and behaviours and shows that every individual can make a difference.
At today’s morning session, students heard from Andrew, whose shared the extraordinary story of his father who, as a teenager at the outbreak of World War II, smuggled food to the Warsaw ghetto and later hid four Jewish people in his family’s apartment for 18 months.
Students then broke into small groups, led by Courage to Care presenters, to explore issues such as prejudice, racism and discrimination and learn about other courageous ‘upstanders’—exploring their own attitudes and responses to bystander behaviour.
A huge thank you to all the Courage to Care facilitators who shared their stories and to our students for showing great respect and empathy.