Just Like Me is our social justice education program designed to help Australian school kids (1) understand the issues of global poverty and (2) learn how, together we can all create a better, brighter and more sustainable future for everybody, everywhere.
It is a complete educational package – immersive, instructor led, clear and simple learning. Each participating child will be personally challenged to get activated, involved and to think about children overseas in context to their own lives.
It will excite and motivate your school kids!
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If you are wishing to donate to a school student that has been involved in Just Like Me, simply click here to go to our donations page.
WHY just like me?
We believe every child has the right to a safe, healthy, educated future. Education represents the hopes and dreams of families throughout the world. It is the key to ending poverty, but globally, 58 million children do not have access to a basic primary school education.
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.
WHat is just like me?
We have a COVID-safe plan for each Just Like Me workshop.
This includes that all participants will use hand sanitiser, all equipment will be thoroughly cleaned between workshop groups, the presenter will wear a mask and social distancing will be enforced.
We operate interactive, instructor led presentations where kids 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.
This is the day that your school kids 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.
It is one thing to teach kids about poverty – it’s another thing to get kids activated to meet the needs of poverty. Raising financial resources is an activity that kids take part in – their task is to ask for donations from family members and friends. The effort to raise funds occurs over a month and is finalised prior to Challenge Day.
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
The NEWEST Just Like Me workshop is an interactive Year 12 Health and Human Development session about health in a global context. The theory will be brought alive with videos from INA’s health projects and fun activities – like carrying a bucket of water on your head and eating maizemeal porridge. There will also be a challenging HHD “poverty hotseat” quiz to test the students’ knowledge!
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.
- 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 AREAS ADDRESSED
|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|