Need for education more important than ever

"It was a privilege to see the Courage to Care program firsthand and hear from Holocaust survivor Susan Warhaftig," says Allegra Spender.

Allegra Spender.
Allegra Spender.

Wentworth MP Allegra Spender said the Courage to Care program is “truly inspiring” after she visited it in action at Rose Bay Secondary College last week.

With incidents of antisemitism once again on the rise, the need to educate the next generation against prejudice and hate is more important now than ever.

Courage to Care is a not-for-profit organisation that educates young people about the dangers of prejudice, racism and discrimination. The program inspires and empowers students to take positive action – in the schoolyard, workplaces and in their communities.

With a team of over 100 skilled and dedicated volunteers and featuring inspiring testimonies from Holocaust survivor speakers, the program encourages participants to become aware of their potential to make a positive difference and offers practical tools for standing up against racism, bullying and prejudice.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Courage to Care NSW. Over that period, the organisation has presented to over 200,000 young people across metro and regional NSW, Queensland and ACT.

“In a time when it is needed most, the Courage to Care program teaches students to be upstanders in the face of hatred. It is critical that we equip students with the tools they need to stand up against antisemitism and all forms of prejudice,” Spender said.

“It was a privilege to see the Courage to Care program firsthand and hear from Holocaust survivor Susan Warhaftig, who shared her brave story of survival and message of kindness, and to hear from the students who reflected on how difficult it is to be an upstander but how good you feel when you do stand up. Ed St John and his team are doing a commendable job at nurturing a generation of upstanders who embody the courage to care for one another.”

CEO of Courage to Care NSW Ed St John said, “We’ve been doing this for a long time, but I would argue that our work has never been more important than it is today. With antisemitism on the rise, and with our celebrated social cohesion again under threat, we play a vital role in inspiring the next generation through education.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Allegra Spender to witness our program at Rose Bay Secondary College. We really value her support for our important work.”

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