Just Like Me is INA’s widely-used social justice education to link the Australian Curriculum through action to:

(1) understand global poverty, and

(2) find a purpose to create a better, brighter and more sustainable future for everybody, everywhere.

A complete educational package – immersive, instructor-led, clear and simple learning – that is delivered online and/or face-to-face.

Each child will be personally challenged to act, reflect and to understand the lives of children overseas in context to their own.

It will excite and motivate your school kids!

WHY just like me?

Every child has the right to a safe, healthy, educated future. Education is a stairway out of poverty for many families throughout the world. represents the hopes and dreams of families throughout the world. Globally, more than 72 million children of primary education age are not in school.

When children are not in school, they are denied the opportunity to create a better future for both themselves and their families. 

When parents are uneducated, they are less able to provide the basic necessities for their children. Simply put – education has the power to break the poverty cycle.

Your school’s involvement with Just Like Me will help INA expand its work among poor communities overseas, ensuring more children are protected and able to access basic education and healthcare.

Register your interest in the program.

WHY it’s important

The Top Barriers Faced By The Poor

  1. A lack of funding for education – even though it only costs an average of $1.25 a day per child in developing countries to provide 13 years of education.
  2. Having no teacher, or having an untrained teacher – there are 130 million children in school who are not learning basic skills like reading, writing and math.69 million new teachers are required to achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030.
  3. No classroom, or lack of learning materials in parts of sub-Saharan Africa there are an average of 130 children per classroom in first grade, only 1 in 7 schools has potable water, and just 1 in 4 has a toilet. Only 3.5% of all sixth-grade pupils had sole use of a reading textbook.
  4. The exclusion of children with disabilities and girls – in some of the world’s poorest countries, up to 95% of children with disabilities are out of school. Gender is one of the biggest reasons why children are denied an education. Over 130 million young women around the world are not currently enrolled in school. One in 3 girls in the developing world marries before the age of 18.
  5. Living in a country in conflict or at risk of conflict – more than 75 million children and young people aged 3 to 18 are currently in urgent need of educational support in 35 crisis-affected countries, with young girls 90% more likely to be out of secondary school in conflict areas than elsewhere.
  6. Distance from home to school – a walk to school of up to three hours in each direction is not uncommon. 
  7. Hunger and poor nutrition – around 155 million children under the age of five are estimated to be stunted. Stunted children are 19% less likely to be able to read by age eight.
  8. The expense of education – families remain locked in a cycle of poverty that goes on for generations. The poorest families risk making themselves destitute in their efforts to get their children better lives through education.*

WHat is just like me?

We have a COVID-safe plan for each Just Like Me workshop that is delivered face-to-face.

This includes use of hand sanitiser, all equipment is thoroughly cleaned between workshop groups, the presenter wears a mask and social distancing is adhered to.


Interactive, instructor-led presentations where your students are introduced to life for children in developing nations. They will meet ‘Phoebe’ and spend time with her (through videos, pictures and story-telling) as she lives a normal day in her Ugandan village in Africa. The kids will then participate in immersive activities that mimic Phoebe’s life (e.g. fetching water, washing, cleaning and attending a bush school class).

Can be run as a stand-alone activity or combined with the Challenge Day.

Challenge Day

This is the day that your school students will stand with kids around the world who live in tough circumstances, suffering the effects of poverty. For the whole day, kids will eat simple food (e.g. rice, vegetables), think carefully about their use of water and go without electronic devices (iPhones, tablets, PC’s). Challenge Day includes an interactive workshop.

Can be run as a stand-alone activity for schools outside of Victoria, or combined with the workshop for schools in Victoria.

Taking Action (optional)

Helping students find purpose and act is key to being a global citizen. Students learn about poverty – but there is an opportunity for them to act on their purpose to help make a difference. This can be: Writing to themselves or family (literacy) about the experience and global poverty, Arts, Drama, writing to schools and students in projects in developing countries, raising financial resources to support a class, school or children their age in a developing country. 

When children can be part of the solution, they will be more aware of social justice issues and they will feel fortunate to live in Australia!

We’re passionate about health and girls’ education

Year 12 Health and Human Development

The Health and Human Development Year 12 Just Like Me workshop is an interactive session about health in a global context. The theory about the burden of diseases in low-income countries is brought alive with videos from INA’s health projects in developing countries and fun activities to engage the students. Topics of discussion will be the Sustainable Development Goals, stunted growth, malnutrition and water-borne diseases.

International Incursions – International school trips to you

Why international school trips?  International school trips improve academic performance, give students a global perspective, help build life skills, enrich classroom relationships, deepen gratitude.

Can’t travel to exciting overseas destinations? Still interested in other people’s lives and how they are coping with the pandemic? International Needs Australia has developed the virtual “international school trips to you” in partnership with project partners and schools in Uganda, The Philippines and other countries.

INA offers an immersive incursion experience for Australian students to learn about other cultures. Students and classes have online experiences with students in a school that we support in any of our partner countries (India, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal or Sri Lanka). It is an excellent opportunity for students to be curious and ask each other questions about their families or favourite food or sport. Through these engaging activities, students can learn about global poverty and feel empathy by being able to reflect on their own lives in relation to peers in other countries.

Girls’ Education Including Malala’s Story

Just Like Me is now offering a session that includes the story of inspirational activist Malala, a focus on equal opportunities for girls and boys, and the importance of keeping girls in school.

When your school runs Just Like Me, you’ll also receive the teen edition of “I Am Malala” for your library. You’ll be supporting girls just like our friends in the photo above.

Years 7-10 – Democracy and Global Poverty – Life Is About Making A Difference

During the poverty and democracy workshop, Years 7 to 10 will discover the challenges of democracies within the context of the Australian Curriculum (Civics and Citizenship).

Key staff share personal experiences and reflections on working in the South African Parliament to establish a new democracy during Nelson Mandela’s Presidency, bringing democracy to life for students.

Students will be encouraged to be active, purpose-driven and informed citizens and understand the important balance between executive (cabinet), parliament and judicial systems. This workshop will assist them in developing an understanding of democracy’s value, global poverty and the importance of individual action and a strong civic society.

Act Your Purpose (AYP)

AYP is a year-long program that works with Years 9 and 10 in secondary schools around Australia. Each program consists of 4 core workshops, presented either in-person or online – depending on the requirements of the school.  Each session runs for 60-90 minutes, and 4 sessions are facilitated over the year – 1 session per term. The sessions typically run during homeroom lessons, with the year level split into groups of 30-45 students. 

Each group will have 1-2 experienced presenters. The sessions will be engaging and immersive, using props, games, discussion activities, presentations, and videos as workshop material. 

The program follows the workshop timeline of 1) introducing AYP, INA, and helping students to find their passion in social justice. 2) solidify passion and brainstorm action. 3) how to create a campaign and make action. 4) future action and involvement.

By the end of the year, we will have helped students find their purpose in social justice, helped create a campaign, and then assist them in getting involved in that area locally through volunteering and community service efforts. This will allow for a sustainable contribution from youth to their social justice issue, rather than simply learning about a problem. 

Curriculum Information

Just Like Me employs the aid of videos, worksheets and action cards students can follow “a day in the life” of children in 3 countries (Ghana, Uganda and India). This includes:

  • How the children get to school
  • What the children’s learning environments are like
  • What happens to children who don’t/can’t go to school
  • How the children access water
  • Where the children shop for groceries and clothes
  • Many other aspects of day to day life

Just Like Me fits
the Australian National Curriculum

Choose lessons to make links with varied learning areas and develop cross curriculum perspectives. The focus of each topic of enquiry aligns to The Australian National Curriculum General Capabilities.

1. Intercultural Understanding

Enables students to respect and appreciate their own and other’s cultures and to work and communicate with those from different cultures and backgrounds, to develop an appreciation of difference and diversity.​

2. Ethical Behaviour

Develops students understanding and leads them to act in accordance with moral and ethical principles. It includes identifying right and wrong and having the willingness, determination and capacity to argue the case for change, understanding the place of ethics and values in human life, having a desire and capacity to work for the common good.​

3. Critical and Creative Thinking

Development of new ideas and application in new contexts, thinking critically, solving problem, developing and solving arguments.​

4. Personal and Social Competence

Social awareness includes developing an empathy, concern and understanding of others and ability to deal with personal emotions. The workshop also tries in with the following Australian Curriculum’s Cross-curriculum priority.​

5. Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia

Which provides a regional context for learning in all areas of the curriculum. It reflects Australia’s extensive engagement with Asia in social, cultural, political and economic spheres.



Curriculum Area

Some children have to contribute more than others to their family’s survival. These children may have tasks and responsibilities Intercultural understanding | Critical and creative thinking
Children have to learn to do different things depending on the needs of their family. These skills vary depending on where you live. Intercultural understanding
Learn how children live in different situations around the world. Their home life might be very different from ours but we can also find similarities. Intercultural understanding | Critical and creative thinking | Personal and Social Competence
When we know more about the way people live we begin to be able to discuss issues such as fairness. Intercultural understanding | Ethical behaviour | Personal and Social Competence | Critical and creative thinking
Learning about other cultures and ways of living. This helps us to understand more about other people and also ourselves. Perhaps we can consider what is important in life. Intercultural understanding | Ethical behaviour | Personal and Social Competence | Critical and creative thinking
We are learning about other people’s lives because all people matter. Focusing on what can be done about difficult circumstances helps us to be positive, rather than feel helpless. Intercultural understanding | Ethical behaviour | Critical and creative thinking
Learning about children who lead different lives from children in our culture Intercultural understanding Personal and Social Competence

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