”One Person Can Make A Difference” Educational Program

”One Person Can Make A Difference: Basic Values of a Democracy” is a complimentary educational program developed by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation to serve as a resource for social studies teachers of grades 5th, 6th and 7th. The program uses Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg, as an example of courage and as a vehicle to understand the importance of human dignity, liberty, justice, and equality. Raoul Wallenberg saved close to 100,000 lives in Hungary during World War II. He was granted Honorary Citizenship in the United States in 1981, making him only the second individual to receive this honor.

The IRWF provides schools with the material and helps them organize the presentation of this 90-minute, two-part educational program. The curriculum is based upon the 5th, 6th and 7th grade social studies learning standards, focusing on civic, citizenship, and government, particularly aiming to teach the principles, ideals, and core values of a democratic system.

Materials include a guide for teachers, testimonies of people saved during the Holocaust for students to use, a separate vocabulary list with definitions, a Slide presentation with questions, suggested follow-up activities helping teachers relate the topic to current world events, as well as additional lists of resources for teachers such as films, books and websites.

If you are interested in getting a copy of these materials, you may download them at no cost or contact the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation at 212 737 3275 or at irwf@irwf.org for up to three free hard copies of all materials.

”One Person Can Make A Difference: Basic Values of a Democracy Educational Program” has been developed by Cynthia Rudder, Ph.D.; Linda Baumgarten; Paul Aboulafia and Laura Perl.