Humanities students were engaged in a very meaningful and moving event this week, as Courage to Care visited Faith Lutheran College with their travelling exhibition along with some very special guests: Survivors of the Holocaust that took place during the Second World War.
A charitable organisation that operates with an aim to empower Australians to stand up against prejudice and discrimination, Courage to Care has been showcasing their travelling exhibition in a number of schools across Queensland. The exhibition, which comprises of images, displays and live discussions, transformed the Information Hub into a temporary museum, as students attended in groups over two days to hear directly from brave individuals that experienced one of the darkest periods in modern history first-hand.
Students were able to hear direct accounts of World War II, including some incredible stories of Holocaust survival and rescue. Using these stories as an example, Courage to Care builds a reflective historical narrative that educates individuals towards an understanding of the roles of victim, perpetrator and bystander.
Through the celebration of the lives of men and women who chose to stand up and confront discrimination and injustice – ordinary people who were extraordinary in their bravery and impact – participants are empowered to take positive action against discrimination in all forms; not to be bystanders, but to make a difference whenever possible. Powerfully, the exhibition and the people involved use examples from the past to plant the seeds of awareness, understanding and empathy for others, helping our students to learn lessons for today from the events of the past.
Built around three key themes, DESCRIMINATION, DEFIANCE and EMPOWERMENT, the exhibition explored each concept using real people, real events and real actions to link the past with the present, posing challenging questions and encouraging students to reflect on their place and actions as a global citizen.
Faith Lutheran College would like to express their gratitude to Courage to Care for bringing their thought-provoking exhibition and inspiring people to the College, and for providing our students with such a powerful and reflective learning experience.